Statement verbatim, as issued Wednesday by Grace College and Seminary:
FORT WAYNE, IND. – Starting fall 2014, Grace College will be partnering with Ambassador Enterprises to offer students in the greater Fort Wayne area the opportunity to earn an accelerated (three-year) bachelor’s degree in a unique hybrid-online format.
Ambassador Enterprises purchased The Summit campus in 2011, formerly the Fort Wayne Bible College and later Taylor University. That fall Grace College Fort Wayne began occupying a portion of the campus to offer a commuter associate degree program called the Weber School. The new program, called the Summit Scholars of Grace College, will offer an accelerated cohort style bachelor’s degree, where students will complete their coursework online, but will also come to campus for one-week residencies at the beginning of every eight-week session to participate in applied learning and leadership modules with their classmates.
“This innovative new concept will be offered at an affordable rate and open doors to allow more individuals to receive a quality, biblically-based bachelor’s degree,” said Grace President Bill Katip. “Bringing college closer to home and making a quality Christian education attractive, affordable and available to more families is at the heart of Grace College’s Weber initiative. Both Grace College and Ambassador Enterprises are excited about offering this opportunity to students and families in the greater Fort Wayne area.”
Mr. Daryle Doden, CEO of Ambassador Enterprises said, “The creation of the Summit Scholars program is an example of what can happen when higher education and the business community collaborate. Ambassador Enterprises is pleased to work with Grace College in designing a high quality education experience that is responsive to the financial pressures on today’s students and their families.”
Established in 2008, Ambassador Enterprises is a for-profit, philanthropic, equity firm investing in leaders and the organizations they lead. This approach is purposely built around the belief that an investment in people and teams will pay returns in the form of healthy relationships and healthy communities. Ambassador’s clients include businesses, individuals and nonprofits. To learn more, visit www.ambassador-enterprises.com.
Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.