SCCA has entered into an exciting agreement with Grand Canyon University. Please read below and note the bolded print for how it can help our students.
As an accredited Christian institution that was founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University has over 60 years of experience in preparing critical thinkers, effective communicators and purposeful leaders in an academically challenging, values-based curriculum. GCU is a private, Christian university located in the heart of Phoenix offering campus-based and online degree programs that emphasize individual attention for both traditional students as well as working professionals. GCU is rapidly expanding and has developed some unique opportunities to partner with schools in providing resources that could greatly impact and support Christian schools like Salem County Christian Academy.
Grand Canyon is undergoing a tremendous transformation. Eight years ago, 900 students were enrolled, but because of some great vision and God’s blessing we will welcome more than 17,000 students on the ground campus for the 2017-18 academic year. Four years ago, the university made the transition to participate at the NCAA Division I level when Grand Canyon joined the Western Athletic Conference. As the university continues to grow, so do the degree programs offered for students. GCU added a computer science/IT program three years ago and two years ago launched an engineering program (electrical, mechanical, and bio-medical) . We are very excited about providing more STEM related programs for students. Another exciting program that Christian schools have taken notice of is our new worship and arts degree. The university is excited to help raise up the next generation of students that will lead worship in Christian churches.
Canyon Christian Schools Consortium is a no-cost, non-exclusive partnership designed to enhance the Christian educational experience of all parties involved: teachers, students, and parents. Some of the key goals of this partnership are to reduce the overall cost of private Christian education, increase enrollment for faith-based high schools and offer significant incentives to encourage top Christian high school students to enroll at GCU. Members of the Canyon Christian Schools Consortium will benefit in the following ways:
• High school students (grades 9-12) who are accepted to attend GCU will receive a $5,000 (in-residence) or $2,500 (non-residence) scholarship at GCU per year for each year of attendance at a consortium-member Christian high school. This could save students up to $20,000 on college tuition over the course of four years.
• CCSC members will have access to a catalog of online dual and concurrent credit courses that current high school students can participate in, offering them an opportunity to reduce the time to complete a bachelor’s degree from four years to three and reducing college costs by up to 25%.
• CCCSC members will have access to an exclusive 10% discount for their teachers, providing savings toward tuition and fees for online master’s or doctoral degree programs at Grand Canyon University.
• CCSC members will have access to an exclusive 10% discount for their students’ parents, providing savings toward tuition for bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree programs at GCU.
• CCSC members will have access to Continuing Teacher Education Courses that allow teachers to earn 3 CTE credits in 6 weeks.
Grand Canyon University is committed to helping Christian schools find ways to further develop programs and enhance the overall experience for their students and their families. There are some great opportunities for Christian schools to partner with GCU. At the core of this campus is the desire to help each student build strong Christian relationships that will enable them to become men and women for others, as they seek to go out to serve their Lord. The GCU experience might be very appealing for students from Salem County Christian School that are looking for a strong Christian university to provide them spiritual growth and an academic program that will challenge and prepare them for making an impact in their world.