DCP Welcomes Shelley Nelson to the Team!

ClassroomsIt is so amazing to see the Degree Completion Program growing! Now that we have a beautiful new east-side location, we’ve been able to add Shelley Nelson as the DCP Campus Director for ACU East.

ShelleyShelley may be new in her position as a Campus Director, but she is not new to DCP! Several of our Business Administration students know her already as an instructor from some of their courses. In fact, Shelley has been an adjunct faculty member at ACU in both DCP and the traditional program since 2011. As a resident of Chandler, Shelley brings a great deal of both local and institutional knowledge to the team. She will be a great asset we bring more educational accessibility to East Valley residents. It’s great to have such a familiar face become even more involved in the program and its growth!

20150712_085601 (00000002) CroppedWhen asked about how she feels about leading the new DCP campus in Chandler she explains,“I’m super excited to bring the degree completion program to the East Valley. It’s just perfect for adults who want to finish their degree. The Christian worldview woven throughout each course gives students a new perspective that’s truly life-changing. Can’t wait to get started!”

Shelley has already spoken with several adults in the area who are looking forward to going back to school in a Christian environment in their own back yard. It’s as if they’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this. Now, finishing their degree is much more accessible!

What about you?

IMG_0838 (00000002)IMG_0369 (2)Class begin September 22nd at The Grove Church, 2777 S. Gilbert Rd in Chandler, AZ and at the Main ACU campus at 2625 E. Cactus Road in Phoenix. If you are interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health, Business Administration, or Christian Ministries, apply now or click here for more information.

You can also e-mail Shelley at Shelley.Nelson@arizonachristian.edu for ACU East or
Fernando at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu for DCP at ACU’s Main Campus.

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Announcing New East-Side Location for DCP!

Email_Header-3Arizona Christian University is committed to helping adults go back to school to finish their Bachelor’s degrees. Now, to make it even more convenient, we have added a new site to the East Valley for Degree Completion students. The same incredible degrees of Behavioral Health, Business Administration, and Christian Ministries will be offered at The Grove in Chandler this fall.

The Degree Completion Program is continuing as usual at our main ACU Campus on Cactus Rd, in Central Phoenix. The addition of ACU East now allows new students to choose the most convenient option.

An informational meeting will be held at The Grove Church in Chandler, AZ on August 30, 2015. Watch for more details and sign-up info or contact our staff at 602-386-4183 or dcpinfo@arizonachristian.edu to register.

Apply today for either ACU Main or ACU East! You can also e-mail dcpinfo@arizonachristian.edu for more information about our degree programs to find out how you can complete your degree in as little as 20 months!

Are you ready to take the next step toward success?

Fern croppedCall today and speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor, or e-mail him at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu, and he’ll be glad to help you put you on the right path toward success and answer any questions you may have.

Don’t forget to check out our website for more info as well.

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The DCP Launches New Web Pages!

Website homepageThe Degree Completion Program now offers more comprehensive information along with a brand new look on the recently launched web pages! Check it out to find out more about the program, how to get started, and the three different degrees being offered in the Bachelor Degree program for working adults.

Website academicsFor those wondering if the Degree Completion Program is the right fit, the new site offers more interactive tools in specific items of interest such as financial aid, veteran benefits, or degree requirements. The benefits of the program, as well as the specific course lists in the Behavioral Health, Business Administration, and Christian Ministry degrees, are also outlined.

We even have a new web address! Visit DCP.arizonachristian.edu to check out the new pages and find out all the information you need or to pass the word along to friends or family who might be interested.

Of course the new website still offers the same features of the online application and opportunity to request additional information. All the tools to connect with the DCP on Social Media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are still there as well.

Fern croppedIs the Degree Completion Program right for you?

Call to speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor or e-mail him at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu and he’ll be glad to help you get started and answer any questions. Don’t forget to check out our website for more info as well.

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ACU Provides a Christian Educational Environment for Adults

Jena croppedJena Bitikofer can often be found in the library at Arizona Christian University. She is a Christian Ministries student in the Degree Completion Program who works as a Behavioral Health Technician in a residential program for teenagers ages 11-18. In her classes, she enjoys being able to discuss life’s pertinent circumstances with other adult students who will pray about those circumstances, and keep the focus on the Lord above.

“I like and appreciate being challenged in the DCP program by aiming for the best results with the awesome communication between professors and students,” she explains. “We all have ONE focus, ONE aim, ONE heart that joins us together and that is to worship, praise, and live for the Lord.”

Students like Jena are the backbone of the Degree Completion Program. Adult students are able to immediately apply the lessons being learned in the classroom to real-life professional settings. The courses work to improve current skill sets and give the tools needed to pursue career aspirations and ministry dreams.

Her hope is to open a safe home for battered women and children. She also plans to establish an outreach organization where families can build their lives up again with confidence. The Christian educational environment at ACU is the reason Jena chose the Degree Completion Program. It is through this program that Jena is able to learn from the experienced faculty in the Christian Ministries program that teach her the biblical principles and practical ministry skills she needs with a Christ-centered focus.

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Are you thinking about going back to school?

300x250 (2)If this is something that’s been tugging at your heart for a while, and you’d like to go back to school in a Christian educational environment, the Degree Completion Program at ACU is for you! We also have degrees in Business Administration and Behavioral Health and each program is taught with a biblical worldview as the foundation.Fern cropped

Call 602-386-4183 to speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor or e-mail him at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu and he’ll be glad to work with you on mapping out your individual academic plan. You can also check out our website for more info.

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Fernando Cota Joins the Degree Completion Team!

BannerI am so excited to announce the addition of Fernando Cota to the Degree Completion Team here at ACU! Fernando is joining us as the new DCP Admissions Counselor and will be working with the adult students entering in the program.

As a graduate of ACU’s Class of 2009, Fernando is a familiar face to Arizona Christian University. His experience as a previous student gives him a unique understanding of the culture of the University and is valuable in getting new students excited about joining the ACU Community. Fernando has also worked as an Admissions Counselor with traditional students.

FullSizeRender (2)For the last eight months, however, Fernando has been on active duty with the Navy, training to become a Corpsman. His training involved learning a lot about Navy medicine, EMT training, Basic Training, Battlefield Medicine, and taking care of Marines in combat.

“I believe I can use my experience in admissions and the Military to better serve our students,” Fernando explains. “Much of my job prior was in helping students line up a plan towards getting into ACU and making sure that they had their applications and recommendation letters ready to go. My Military service, I believe, will help me better serve some of our Military students and Veterans by having that common connection with them. The Military lifestyle is a unique one and I am excited that I not only get an opportunity to share that with our Military students, but that I also get to be a part of helping them reach their educational goals.”

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300x250 (2)If you’re thinking about going back to school as a working adult, Fernando Cota would be glad to help you. He can work with you to discuss your individual academic plan and help connect you with other students working toward degrees in Behavioral Health, Business Administration, or Christian Ministry.

Give him a call at 602-386-4183, send him an e-mail at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu, or check out our web pages: arizonachristian.edu/dcp

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Going Back to School for Your Behavioral Health Degree at ACU

Email_Header-3One of the most popular degrees in the DCP at Arizona Christian University is Behavioral Health – for good reason! Students who earn a degree in Behavioral Health are able to choose from a variety of job opportunities in the mental health community. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree through the Degree Completion Program also prepares them to pursue graduate work leading to licensure in counseling.

Within the Behavioral Health Program at ACU, adults coming back to school can learn about the psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being for individuals as well as families. Students are able to gain these insights in the Degree Completion Program through courses such as Principles of Counseling, Human Development, Addictions, and Abnormal Psychology.

All of the courses within the Behavioral Health curriculum are taught by Christian faculty who are qualified and experienced. They understand the demands and responsibilities of working adults because they are already living and working within the field they are teaching. In addition, all of the instructors teach their subject from a Christian perspective and biblical worldview.

300x250 (2)There are a number of great things about getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Health through the Degree Completion Program at ACU. The one-night a week format, the convenient location, and the ability to graduate in less than 20 months are all great reasons to check it out.

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Are you thinking about a degree in Behavioral Health?

If this is something that’s been tugging at your heart for a while, there’s no better time than today! We also have degrees in Business Administration and Christian Ministry.

Give us a call at 602-386-4183 to speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor or e-mail him at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu and he’ll be glad to work with you on mapping out your individual academic plan. You can also check out our website for more info.

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ACU’s Degree Completion Program: A Great Experience

tamara desk2Watching students grow in their confidence in the Degree Completion Program at Arizona Christian University gives me the opportunity to see the value that education has on one’s life. Education is worth more than a piece of paper – or the cost in gaining that piece of paper. A Bachelor’s Degree can benefit and transform your life in ways that are significant and profound.

Even within her first semester, I have been able to see that significance in the life of Tamara Yanke. Tamara is one of the students working toward a degree in Business Administration. It has been a joy to watch her grow in her confidence this past semester. She is discovering skills that she never knew she had, and through each course she learns more about developing the gifts that God has given her.

Tamara chose the DCP because she liked the way the program is designed. “If you follow the program the way it is planned out,” she explains, “you will complete your degree in two years!  I still can’t believe I am finished with my first semester and starting on my second.  Going to class one day a week and having the rest of the week to study works well for my busy schedule.  So far it has been a great experience.”

When I asked her what she enjoys the most, she described her experience like this:

The thing I like most about the Degree Completion Program, is the camaraderie and support of the other students and instructors in the program.  In my cohort we were all working adults with busy lives and commitments, but our group seemed to gel from day one.  My cohort group knew my struggles better than anyone else, they encouraged me, helped and support me whenever I experienced difficult times during the semester.  They were my confidants, my friends, and prayer warriors.  I am truly blessed that the Lord brought each one of them into my life.  Even though we have separated into the different degree programs, we are still close and continue to keep up the support.  I am encouraged and excited to see what the Lord and Arizona Christian University has in store for us in the coming spring semester.  James 1:2-4 (Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.)  Hang tuff Class of 2016!

Tamara plans to use her degree to better herself in her current position as Assistant Registrar here at ACU. However, she is open to opportunities that may arise after graduation. As she explains, once she has that Bachelor’s Degree, “There’s nothing to stop me from applying!”

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tamara portrait2The value of earning an education and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree is being realized by Tamara, as well as other adults enrolled in the Degree Completion Program. I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow and learn as they achieve their goals!

If you are interested in pursuing a Business Administration, Behavioral Health, or Christian Ministry Degree, apply to the Degree Completion Program or explore our web pages for more info.

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 Tamara Yanke has been happily married to her best friend, Mark, for 26 years. They have two grown children and will be adding a granddaughter to their family in the near future.

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