Message From The President
December 21, 2016
Dearly Beloved of God,
I hope you and your loved ones are in good health. The following is an overview of the fall 2016 culminating activities; and a preview for the spring 2017 semester.
Atlantic Union College experienced a NETS and Certificate Program graduation, December 18, 2016. There were sixteen graduates. Amen. NETS graduates totaled twelve; the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program had two; and the Cisco Networking Program had two graduates.
Good News, students entering the Certificate Programs graduate. The first Certificate Program graduation, August 28, 2016, Medical Billing and Coding, five students; and Professional Bookkeeping one student graduate. AUC offers career-changing Professional Certificate Programs geared towards high school graduates, working adults, people seeking career enhancement and promotion. Certificate program time commitment, depending on program, may be four months, or up to one year of study.
The academic degree programs increased their enrollment by 107%. Fall 2015 had fourteen students and fall 2016 had twenty-nine students. Attending AUC impacts the character of the participants. Community Service is an important element of the campus life, Student Chapel is offered weekly, and students have opportunities to meet with faculty and staff to pray to a loving Creator God whose love is greater than His wrath, as stated in John 3:16 and 17.
Plans are in place for a 2017 College Prep Program which is geared towards incoming students improving their mathematics and writing abilities prior to starting the fall 2017 semester. Registration for the spring 2017 semester is currently open. Classes start January 9, 2017.
This fall 2016 semester Theology students were placed in the field in local churches for practical hands-on experience under the guidance of local Pastors in the Southern New England Conference and supervised by the Theology Department. We hope to expand this program to other local conferences in the Atlantic Union Conference territory.
On-going activity: In June 2013, Atlantic Union College was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Office of the Secretary of State, to offer a Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Religion. In the fall 2015 the College resumed its academic programs. The College is offering these programs at an affordable price and is now working on getting a national or a regional accreditation. The College is also seeking an articulation agreement with sister institutions for students who will need to transfer before accreditation is granted.
Thank you. Be well in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.
In Christian Service,
Dr. Avis Hendrickson