Is AJC College academically accredited?
Although AJC College is not independently accredited, we run our program in partnership with Eternity Bible College. Eternity Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels. This means that by completing the program at AJC College you are able to earn an accredited degree in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Ministry Leadership.
Can I attend part-time?
We are happy to explore the possibility of completing the program part-time. This could suit students who cannot spare the time to attend with a full-time load for any reason, or would be unable to afford full-time tuition.
How long will it take to get a response from you once I've submitted my application?
We will let you know that we have received your application within a week. From there, we will notify you within thirty days to let you know if an interview will be scheduled as the next stage of the application process. If you have any questions during this time, feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Housing Included?
Housing is not provided in the cost of the program. If you are outside the Portland area and would like help finding a place to live, feel free to email us and we will help guide you to useful resources for locating housing.
Where is the College located?
Our classrooms and offices are located at Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon.
Are there scholarships available? And do you offer financial aid or student loans?
While we currently do not offer financial aid packages or student loans, we sometimes (through the generosity of donors) have a limited amount of scholarships available. We use these to enable people who would otherwise be unable to pursue the program to do so. Please email us if you would like more information about scholarships.
I’ve never raised money before. Will I still be able to go on a trip?
We will assist and support you while you learn how to raise the funds throughout the course of the program. We will have workshops to help you learn about the process.
Can I be a part of a church other than Westside: A Jesus Church while attending AJC College?
Most importantly, we want to make sure that you are part of a healthy church during the year – the College is not a replacement for church! If you are joining us from outside Portland, we advise that you attend Westside: A Jesus Church, as it will help us help you to plug into a church community. It will also help you since it will be highly likely that most, if not all, of your apprenticeship hours and mentor meetings will center around this church.
If you are serving at your home church in Portland, then please talk to us about where you attend – it definitely makes sense for you to remain plugged in and serving at the church we are equipping you to serve in. We would like to work with you to explore whether your church will be able to supervise your apprenticeship and mentoring. If you have concerns about this, just talk to us.
Wherever you attend, you will find it helpful to attend at least some gatherings at Westside: A Jesus Church, because of the close connection between our school community and this church.
Can I work a full-time job during the week?
Great question. Many of our full-time students work, and we try to remain sensitive to these commitments. However, given that all our classes are mandatory, and given the time you will need to commit to homework, apprenticeship, and other activities outside the classroom hours, space for a job is limited – especially on retreat weeks when you are away from Portland. AJC College is a full-time program and needs a full-time commitment each week. As a guideline, we think that you will find it difficult to thrive in the school if you are working more than 18 hours in a part-time job. If you are concerned about this talk to us – it may be possible that completing the program part-time would suit you better.
Can I study two Streams at the same time?
Class times overlap between Streams, making it necessary to choose a single Stream. Even though you won't be able to take multiple Streams simultaneously, student schedules are arranged in such a way that you will constantly be connected to students from all three Streams, and will often work collaboratively with them.
I've previously studied at another college, can I waive certain classes?
It can be possible to apply credits earned elsewhere to the completion of this program. Our concern is to protect the developmental pathways in the program to make sure that students journey through the time, content, relationships and experiences that will help them develop to meet the goals of the program. If you think that your previous education overlaps with elements of our program, talk to us so we can explore the possibilities with you.
I'm an international student, can I still apply?
Unfortunately, there are current complications that prevent us from accepting international students. We are exploring ways to overcome these complications, and this may become an option in the future. We invite you to follow us on social media to stay connected.
Will I need a car?
While you won't need a car, you will need a way to get to our offices each week for your classes and apprenticeships. This could mean taking public transportation, carpooling, or living close enough to walk/bike/roller skate.
Do I need a laptop and a printer?
You will need to be access to a computer, especially for your online classes. It will also be useful to have this access in the classroom and during your online learning cohort classes. Access to your own laptop is highly encouraged.
I have children. Do you offer daycare?
Unfortunately, we do not have any options for childcare.
Are there any educational requirements?
The work is at college-level but does not assume any prior knowledge of specific subjects. As long as you have successfully completed high school, you should be fine. If you have a learning disability, or English is an additional language for you, please talk to us about how we can adapt to your needs before school begins.
Is there an age limit?
The program is designed for adult, higher education, learning, and development. While there are some people who are ready to take college-level classes before they are 18, many of the leadership and formation aspects of the program require students to have reached a certain stage of life and experience. We do not have an upper age limit, but the program is designed for people in some of the formative stages of their story – which could be a change in the direction of their life as they get ready for a new chapter. So if you think you may have passed your formative stages, feel free to talk to us before you apply.
Is attendance required at all classes?
Yes – all classes, apprenticeship, homework, mentor meetings and retreats are mandatory. All of our classes connect together, and missing a class means missing part of the story. We ask that you only miss classes in cases of personal emergency, such as illness.
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