10th Annual Common Day of Service

CDS-2014-Birch-WarehouseClasses were cancelled for Common Day of Service at Warner Pacific as the campus focuses on serving the community today, September 16, 2014.

“Where faith and scholarship lead to service,” is the motto of Warner Pacific College, and it was put into action today as 415 students, staff, and faculty members stepped out of the classroom to serve the Portland community as part of the College’s 10th Annual Common Day of Service. The work completed (almost 2,075 combined hours of volunteerism) served more than 1,500 people, at 19 sites, and provided an estimated economic impact of nearly $43,100.

CDS-2014-graffiti-abatementThe Common Day of Service began at 9 am with students gathering in the College auditorium for a brief time of prayer before being sent out to sites throughout Portland. The 19 service projects included graffiti abatement in local neighborhoods, removal of invasive plant species and general clean up around Mt. Tabor, facilities improvements at local schools and community organizations, hunger relief, assisting with therapeutic activities for clients with cognitive impairments, and interactive projects with elementary and middle school students.

The Common Day of Service began 10 years ago, when a student asked local schools and organizations how Warner Pacific could help support their efforts in the community. Since then, the event has been embraced by the entire College and is a welcome way to kick-off each new school year.

CDS-2014-Hosford-garden“Common Day of Service is an important day in the life our institution as we live into our motto. Today, students were out in the city serving our community,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “For us, service learning means volunteering off the campus and assisting in the community in places of poverty, places of oppression, and places where there is great need.”

Last year our students gave almost 51,000 hours of service in the city of Portland, volunteer hours worth about $1.1 million to the community.

“The students, staff, and faculty of Warner Pacific are committed to helping meet the needs of our neighbors in southeast Portland,” said Dale Seipp, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “We celebrate our urban identity and view the city as a classroom, a place to learn from with people to learn about. Students develop personally, spiritually, and professionally through hands-on service to their community.”

Warner Pacific students are asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service each year. Over 33% of Oregonians volunteer annually, one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the U.S. Education, religious, and social service organizations receive the most volunteer hours in Portland.

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Flourish at ADP: Sherrena’s Story

ADP-Alum-story-2014-Sherrena-Torrence-a-2012-gradEarning my degree through the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program (ADP) really boosted my self-confidence. I had always wanted to return to school and earn my degree and after 20+ years, I accomplished that goal.

I had previously attended North Portland Bible College, and when I was thinking about going back to school I was encouraged by Earnestine Cellestine, their Vice President of Academic Affairs, to check out the Adult Degree Program at Warner Pacific. My life was already full with parenting, working full-time, and serving at my church, so I was attracted to the once a week schedule that ADP provided.

A lot of what I learned during my time at ADP helped prepare me for the career I’m in today. Working in learning teams allowed me to experience various cultures, personalities, and viewpoints, that were different from my own. I learned how to think outside of my own belief system.

One thing that stands out in my memory was a simple, yet profound moment in one of my classes with Mr. Bill (Professor Bill Dobrenen). During our cultural studies course, he held an ink pen up to the globe to demonstrate where we are and how much more there is to experience and explore in this vast world. As a visual learner, this sparked so much interest and curiosity in me! I was eager to learn about how others lived and experienced the world; I wanted to know how I, as an American, could glean information from the cultures around me.

Working at ROSE CDC, I provide support and resources for the families and individuals who live in our affordable housing. This includes conducting afterschool programs, walking groups for seniors, garden projects, and much more. I also recently started my own business as a trainer in the early childhood education field, which is allowing me to share my passion for supporting families and those who work with children to create positive environments and experiences that will help them thrive.

What I learned in that course with Mr. Bill has helped me tremendously as I’m working to support families at ROSE CDC. The families who live in our housing are very diverse, from Somalia, Haiti, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, and China. They have varied religious backgrounds, cultural experiences, traditions, customs, and most speak English as a second language. I learn from them each day and I am more open-minded due to the education I received through ADP.

ADP-anniv-image-logoSherrena Torrence
Resident Assets Coordinator for ROSE Community Development Corp., and owner of Next Level Ministries, LLC
B.S. in Human Development ‘12

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ADP Celebrates 25 Years

ADP-anniv-image-logoWarner Pacific is thrilled to celebrate over 25 years of serving adult learners in the Portland metro area. Through the evening format of the Adult Degree Program (ADP), thousands of adults in our region have been able to land the job they desire, receive the promotion they deserve, and set a positive example for their friends and families because of the college degree that they earned through ADP.

Over the course of two and half decades, the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program has become the place where Portlanders looking for a second chance or career advancement go to complete a college degree at night, after work, or after the kids have been picked up from school and dinner has been served.

Degree Completion Program Launched

ADP-classroom-1The Adult Degree Program was first imagined by the College in 1988, when then president, Marshall Christensen purchased a business curriculum based on an accelerated course schedule and adult learning theory. At this time, ADP was known as DCP or the Degree Completion Program because it worked specifically with students who had already earned some college credit. By January of 1989, two cohorts were established and the program was underway.

As interest in adult education grew stronger, DCP answered by increasing course offerings to include degrees in human development. In 2000, the College began a comprehensive review of DCP to identify the current needs of the market and explore new opportunities for program growth, which resulted in the creation of an associate’s degree program as well as new business partnerships.

Expanded to the Adult Degree Program

ADP-classroom-learningIn 2004, with 191 students enrolled, DCP was officially launched as the Adult Degree Program with expanded degree offerings that included options for all adult learners, regardless of past college experience. Just three short years later, ADP was serving 568 students, and those numbers would continue to rise dramatically.

Today, ADP boasts an enrollment of over 900 students and has continued to mature with the addition of master’s level degree options. One reason the program remains vital after 25 years is due to the curriculum design that staff and faculty use to meet the unique needs of adult learners.

  • ADP-cohortAccelerated course progressions: ADP students take courses one at a time so they can focus on topics individually and build sequential knowledge.
  • Weekly class meetings: Students attend class one night a week, at the same time and place.
  • Cohort-based learning: Support is built through a small group of students who accompany one another through their degree journey, taking part in cooperative learning experiences that reflect the working environment.
  • Multiple start times: New cohorts form every month in ADP degree programs, so students don’t have to wait until the end of a semester to take the next step on their career path.
  • Multiple campus locations: With learning centers throughout the Portland/Vancouver area, as well as online, Warner Pacific ADP students can study close to home.

Online Learning

ADP-onlineIn 2014, as part of ADP’s effort to serve the needs of adult students, the College introduced some of its most popular degree programs in a fully-online format. Students can now earn a professionally-focused, Christ-centered degree with Warner Pacific from wherever they can connect to the Internet.

The main benefit of online education for working adults is convenience. Students have the ability to schedule their study time around family and work responsibilities. This flexibility is especially useful for workers who have changing shifts, or who are raising children.

What’s more, research by the U.S. Department of Education has shown that, for college students, online study is just as effective as traditional classroom education. Warner Pacific ADP students who pursue their degrees online cover the same content as students in traditional classroom cohorts.

Partnerships with Community Colleges

ADP-Centre-205-staff-2014-JWAs Warner Pacific looks to the future, there is excitement at the opportunities that lie ahead. When listening carefully to the White House and to leaders in the Oregon Legislature, it is clear; with concerns over the cost of higher education, community college success is going to be critical in educating America’s cities.

At Warner Pacific, we are proud of our partnership with Portland Community College, and we look forward to building deeper relationships with Mt. Hood Community College, Clackamas Community College, Lower Columbia Community College, and Clark College as we seek to grow. In fact, since 2003, 93% of Portland Community College students who transfer to the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program have graduated with a bachelor’s degree. We know that transfer students flourish at Warner Pacific, so we are eager to find new ways to support this growing demographic in our community.

Celebrating More than 25 Years

Warner Pacific College offers students enrolled in Adult Degree Programs the flexibility they need to balance work, family, and continuing education. We invite you to celebrate this 25th anniversary milestone with us as we share ADP alumni stories, historical timelines, and special events honoring the transformational leadership that ADP graduates are providing to our community.

Stay connected to everything that’s happening during this anniversary celebration on the Warner Pacific website, WP Mobile app, and Facebook.


Flourish at ADP Stories

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Commended as a Best College for Veterans

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

We are proud to be commended as a Best College for Veterans – West (ranked 4th) due to the ease of programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services offered to those who served.

The College’s mix of traditional degree offerings and Adult Degree Programs allows Warner Pacific to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

For over 25 years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program has offered flexibility for adult and working students. Meeting just one evening a week and providing a high quality education in a cohort setting, adult learners flourish with one of Warner Pacific’s five undergraduate and three graduate level programs through the ADP.

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, leadership opportunities, and 13 intercollegiate competitive sports.

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Science Cafe: marine-derived renewable energy (9/26)

John MillerJoin us for Science Café: science and policy of marine-derived renewable energy

When: Friday, September 26, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Warner Pacific College, Egtvedt Room 203

Special Guest: John Miller, Executive Director of Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England

Mr. Miller will lead us in a conversation that spans science, public policy, and a story of what it’s like to pursue a STEM career.

Coffee and light refreshment provided.

(MRECo is a non profit company that advances Marine Renewable Energy (wave, tide, and offshore wind) in New England through stakeholder education, demonstrations, and technology commercialization. MRECo works with universities through its Academic Institution Collaborative and industry with it Industry Member Group.)

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Great School, Great Value: Warner Pacific College

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges – West (ranked 9th), a distinction that is at the very core of the College’s mission to make Christian higher education accessible to as many qualified students, and their families, as possible.

In 2008, Warner Pacific reduced tuition significantly and continues to keep it an affordable level, with tuition and fees averaging just $20,300 a year, 33% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

Warner Pacific also launched “Freedom to Flourish,” Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises the 2014 incoming freshmen class (and those to come) that the College will provide assistance to repay student loans after graduation to those who need it.

“We’re very aware of the financial strain facing many families,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “That is why we are committed to keeping increases in tuition, fees, and housing to a minimum, providing affordable, Christ-centered, private liberal arts education that serves students and families for whom college has traditionally been out of reach.”

 

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Warner Pacific President Andrea Cook Joins the ORCC Board

Dr., Andrea CookWarner Pacific is proud to announce that Dr. Andrea Cook, President, joined the board of the Oregon Campus Compact in August 2014 and was welcomed by the ORCC at their first meeting this week.

The Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) welcomed Dr. Andrea Cook to the Board of Directors with these kind words: “She has been President of Warner Pacific College for five years and instrumental in integrating service-learning into each student’s experience. Under her impressive leadership, Warner Pacific has significantly improved its capacity to serve first generation students, students of color, and economically disadvantaged students.”

The ORCC is the only state-wide organization working with higher education institutions across the state including public, private, two-year, and four-year, to engage and increase student participation in service and leadership.

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Warner Pacific ranked in the top 10 best regional colleges in the west

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

Ranked 8th, Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area comprising institutions from 14 states. Colleges were ranked on widely accepted indicators such as graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers, faculty resources, financial resources, and overall graduation rate performance.

With an incoming class in which 55% of the students are from multicultural backgrounds, diversity within the campus community is one of the factors that sets Warner Pacific apart from its peers in the Northwest.

“As a small college, we are honored to be nationally recognized for the quality of our educational environment,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “Through engaging programs like our First-Year Learning Communities and innovative majors like our accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching program, Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationship that gives them the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

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Warner Pacific Once Again Recognized for Quality and Value by U.S. News & World Report

Warner Pacific is honored to receive accolades for the quality education offered to students, for being a value leader in higher education, and providing ease of access to education to those who served in this country’s armed forces.

Once again, Warner Pacific is ranked in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 8th) and named as a “Great School at a Great Price” (ranked 9th) and a “Best College for Veterans” (ranked 4th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 edition.

Ranked 8th, Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area comprising institutions from 14 states. Colleges were ranked on widely accepted indicators such as graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers, faculty resources, financial resources, and overall graduation rate performance.

With an incoming class in which 55% of the students are from multicultural backgrounds, diversity within the campus community is one of the factors that sets Warner Pacific apart from its peers in the Northwest.

“As a small college, we are honored to be nationally recognized for the quality of our educational environment,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “Through engaging programs like our First-Year Learning Communities and innovative majors like our accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching program, Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationship that gives them the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

Additionally, Warner Pacific was recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges – West (ranked 9th), a distinction that is at the very core of the College’s mission to make Christian higher education accessible to as many qualified students, and their families, as possible. In 2008, Warner Pacific reduced tuition significantly and continues to keep it an affordable level, with tuition and fees averaging just $20,300 a year, 33% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

Warner Pacific also launched “Freedom to Flourish,” Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises the 2014 incoming freshmen class (and those to come) that the College will provide assistance to repay student loans after graduation to those who need it.

“We’re very aware of the financial strain facing many families,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “That is why we are committed to keeping increases in tuition, fees, and housing to a minimum, providing affordable, Christ-centered, private liberal arts education that serves students and families for whom college has traditionally been out of reach.”

Warner Pacific is proud to be commended as a Best College for Veterans – West (ranked 4th) due to the ease of programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services offered to those who served.

The College’s mix of traditional degree offerings and Adult Degree Programs allows Warner Pacific to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

For over 25 years, Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program has offered flexibility for adult and working students. Meeting just one evening a week and providing a high quality education in a cohort setting, adult learners flourish with one of Warner Pacific’s five undergraduate and three graduate level programs through the ADP.

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, leadership opportunities, and 13 intercollegiate competitive sports.

Visit U.S. News & Word Report to view the rankings.

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Knights Soccer to have new home field at Portland Adventist Academy

In partnership with Portland Adventist Academy (PAA), the Knights’ soccer teams will soon have a new home pitch (aka field).

This field is constructed by FieldTurf, which utilizes the latest technology in artificial playing surfaces.  FieldTurf, a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, has provided playing surfaces across the United States including the Portland Timbers Providence Park, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and Gillette Stadium in New England.

Portland Adventist is building this new synthetic turf field on their campus at 99th and Market Street in east Portland and it will serve as a home facility for both PAA and both WPC soccer teams.

Over the summer, Warner Pacific Athletic Director Jamie Joss documented the progress of the field’s construction. Completion is anticipated in early October 2014.

Read more and view more photos here.

Knight Soccer field at PAA light poles July 15 2014

Light poles being installed (July 15, 2014).

Soccer field at PAA Aug 5 2014 dirt

The soccer field is taking shape (August 5, 2014).

Knights soccer field at PAA drainage and sub layers Aug 15 2014

Drainage and sub layers to support the turf (August 15, 2014).

Knights soccer field at PAA prep for turf Sept 9 2014

Field is prepped for the turf (September 9, 2014)

Knights Soccer Field at PAA Sept 17 2014

Turf being installed (September 17, 2014).

 

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