higher education

Canadian schools show slight student increases

Systems design engineering student Isaac Veldhuis was among 40 official Orientation Week leaders who welcomed new students and their families to Conrad Grebel University College this September on Move-In Day. The eager crowd was greeted with cheers and a song, and students soon got to know each other during a week of games, activities, and an all-college retreat. (Grebel photo by Jennifer Konkle)

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students enjoy the sun and play games at the welcome festival on September 4. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Mennonite University)

Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont.

AMBS and Grebel to offer sequential degree for pastoral formation

Allan Rudy-Froese, AMBS Associate Professor of Christian Proclamation, leads an orientation session for incoming students in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount in August 2017. (AMBS photo)

In North American Mennonite theological education, a regional focus is emerging, as students prefer to access seminary education closer to home. Uprooting families and finding employment for a spouse in another country have become increasingly difficult. 

Columbia renames diploma and degree human services programs

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Students in Columbia Bible College’s two-year program will now graduate with a diploma in human services and students in the degree program will earn a bachelor’s degree in counselling and human services. The new names are intended to better reflect the goals of each program, using current marketplace terminology. Darrin Derksen, counselling program director at Columbia, points to the natural fit between Columbia’s existing caregiving and counselling programs and human services.

Columbia announces a new diploma in social entrepreneurship

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Columbia Bible College launched its newest academic program in September: the diploma in social entrepreneurship. This two-year program brings together Christian faith-formation classes and a series of foundational business courses, with the goal of equipping students with the passion, entrepreneurial spirit and marketplace skills to make a positive impact within society.

Bauman family gift focusses on mentorship and peace incubation

Peace has been an important value in the lives of Aden and Joanne Bauman and their sons Barry, who passed away in 2016, and Michael. “Peace is a Mennonite thing,” observes Joanne. “Peace is important to our family, and our boys remember that their Uncle Elias was a conscientious objector during [the Second World War],” notes Aden. Recently, the family gave a gift of $100,000 to support the efforts of emerging peacemakers at Conrad Grebel University College in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

TWU launches Worship Lab Radio online

LANGLEY, B.C.—Trinity Western University (TWU) launched Worship Lab Radio (WorshipLabRadio.com), a new online Christian radio station aimed at filling a current void in Christian music, on Sept. 2. It offers a new outlet for indie worship artists and helps worship leaders across North America connect with emerging artists. Worship Lab Radio provides an opportunity for the university's worship arts students to get their music played along with other indie artists looking to impact the church with tomorrow's next generation of worship music.

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