Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The first year is in the books.
 
The Virtues Campus recently wrapped up the inaugural year of offering a full program to students looking for faith-based education and guidance to combine with college courses.
 
During this past year, Virtues Campus students met at a local church campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to study Bible, application principles, and career readiness. (A once-per-week pilot program was held the previous year.)

"This past year’s students are special — they are the pioneer class of The Virtues Campus’s first full year!" said Rev. Dr. David Glense, president of The Virtues Campus. "As such, they will always have a special place in our history."

The curriculum for the first year of the two-year program covered Bible studies, an in-depth look at different worldviews, career assessment, government, personal finance, service learning, and contemporary issues.
 
Before departing for their summer plans, some students offered their thoughts about the past two semesters and reflected on their favorite parts of the program.
 
“The religion classes expanded my knowledge,” said Ryan, a business major whose favorite course was Genesis to Revelation. “They helped us understand why we believe what we believe.”
 
John, who had previously attended a Bible school, said The American Republic course was enlightening with how it connected religion to government.
“Most of my life I’ve had zero interest in politics. I didn’t think I needed to get involved, and that it was more important to just be involved in church,” he said. “But this opened my eyes about the necessity for Christians to be involved in politics.”
 
Rachel, who enrolled in Virtues unsure of her future path, said that she found the career assessment aspect of the program the most valuable. She is now planning on pursuing a career as a biomedical technician.
 
“It helped me figure out what I like and what I want to do,” she said.

Glesne said Virtues will use the feedback and comments from the students to adjust the curriculum and the program's approach going forward.

"We’re always evaluating," he said. "We want to make The Virtues Campus the best it can be."