HEADLAND – With the current opening of a new education center, Kingdom College has continued to grow because it first accepted college students in 2018.
Located on South Main Street on the sq. in Headland, the faculty’s new education center is in what was as soon as the location of a carriage home and stables. The property was closely transformed to make room for school rooms, a library and workplaces for instructors, Virginia Mayer, Kingdom College president and co-founder, mentioned.
Some of the constructing’s authentic wooden ceiling and brick inside partitions had been stored within the renovations. Concrete stained flooring run by means of the primary walkway between the lecture rooms and library and to a central data desk and workplaces the place the faculty’s professors can meet with college students.
Four school rooms in addition to the workplaces characteristic massive glass panes, making the constructing really feel extra open. Each “smart” classroom is provided with cameras, microphones, massive screens, and digital whiteboards in order that college students can attend lessons just about if want. Each classroom was “adopted” to cowl the prices with small plaques outdoors every room providing thanks to the supporters.
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Mayer admits that upon first sight it was exhausting to think about the constructing’s potential. But with a love of archaeology – which was her first main – Mayer collected a bucket of filth from the location.
“I just want to look at everything, so I’ve been sifting through the dirt trying to find stuff, and I actually found nails … from when they were shoeing horses with square-headed nails,” she mentioned.
Before opening the 5,000-square-foot education center, lessons had been held at Living Waters Counseling Center in Headland in addition to the faculty’s administrative workplaces positioned not removed from Headland’s sq.. Headland United Methodist Church and Harvest Christian School additionally hosted lessons. Mayer mentioned some lessons will nonetheless be held at Living Waters and different websites.
The school was born out of Living Waters Counseling Center, mentioned Mayer, who’s the counseling center’s govt director.
“Living Waters is helping support Kingdom College because we’re not accredited yet,” Mayer mentioned. “It is hard to get students to come; you absolutely have to have regional accreditation.”
With a Christian education mission, Kingdom College presents an affiliate diploma in Ministry Helps in addition to an affiliate and a bachelor’s diploma in psychology; a bachelor’s and a grasp’s diploma in biblical research; and a grasp’s diploma in divinity, Christian medical psychological well being counseling, and medical psychology. The school additionally presents certifications in lay counseling, chaplaincy, and grief and bereavement counseling in addition to twin enrollment for highschool college students.
Like Living Waters, Mayer mentioned she was referred to as by God to set up Kingdom College, and particularly this system targeted on Christian medical psychological well being counseling – one thing Mayer mentioned she noticed a necessity for throughout the pandemic to assist missionary households who had been struggling.
“Who’s doing the work when the family is struggling, and they struggle just like all of us,” she mentioned. “We felt like we needed, that God was leading us into the Christian clinical mental health, so that maybe we can place counselors globally.”
Kingdom College has held three graduations because it began accepting college students in 2018. It at present has about 44 college students, Mayer mentioned. The school is absolutely licensed and is engaged on accreditation by means of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges; Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools; Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation; and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
Living Waters has 10 scholarships for college students to pursue the grief and bereavement research at Kingdom College as a result of Mayer mentioned the necessity is so nice.
Tuition at Kingdom College is $275 per credit score hour for undergraduate applications and $375 per hour for grasp’s applications. There are additionally registration, amenities, and know-how charges as a part of enrollment.
“When accreditation is in place, they will be able to go and get licensure just like anybody from Auburn or Alabama,” Mayer mentioned of scholars. “More and more people are being drawn to Christian counseling.”
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