Prairie College—on mission with a simpler name
THREE HILLS, AB—A name change is opening the way for a Christian college to continue offering biblically integrated education in a variety of disciplines to students from across the globe.
Prairie Bible Institute announced recently that is changing the name of its undergraduate schools to Prairie College. “Our name has long been a challenge to overseas students wanting to study here as well as to our graduates hoping to work in ‘difficult access’ countries,” says president Mark Maxwell. “Our name should not stand in their way.”
In recent years the Three Hills, Alberta school had evolved into three separate entities: Prairie Bible College, Prairie College of Applied Arts and Technology and Prairie School of Mission Aviation. The school’s administration believes that it is time to bring them together.
The simplified name will serve as an umbrella for all programs, whether ministry or vocational. It will also allow graduates to have greater acceptance into professional opportunities and further education. Finally, it will make it easier for foreign students to get visas to study at Prairie while allowing graduates easier access to other countries.
The risk in doing this is that by taking “Bible” out of the name, Prairie could be accused of lessening its commitment to the Word of God when, in fact, the opposite is true, says Maxwell.
“Beginning this fall we are expanding our Bible coverage so that every four-year graduate will study all 66 books of the Bible,” he explains. “This is an exceptional accomplishment putting Prairie among very few schools in North America that teach the whole of the Scriptures.”
For the foreseeable future Prairie Bible Institute will remain as the corporate name, but Prairie College will become the brand that will be built around the school.
“In other words,” says Maxwell, “this name better serves our mission while still honouring our 92-year heritage and core value of Bible-centred education.”
Learn more at www.prairie.edu.
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