Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY SARA SCHILLING ss­chilling@tric­i­ty­her­ Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529, ss­chilling@ tric­i­ty­her­

The Tri-Cities’ only Chris­tian col­lege, in Kennewick, will em­bark on a cap­i­tal cam­paign to build a fa­cil­ity to han­dle fu­ture growth.

The Tri-Cities’ only Chris­tian col­lege has earned ac­cred­i­ta­tion — a ma­jor step that opens the door to growth.

And Gather 4 Him in Kennewick is about to em­bark on a cap­i­tal cam­paign to build a new fa­cil­ity to han­dle that fu­ture growth.

“Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is huge,” said Bob Nash, col­lege pres­i­dent. “It was a lot of work.”

Gather 4 Him of­fers an As­so­ciate of Arts de­gree.

It was founded in 2008, grow­ing out of the Chris­tian youth con­fer­ence The Gather­ing.

In the past, grad­u­ates have been able to trans­fer to one of six four-year uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing East­ern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity in Cheney, Cor­ban Uni­ver­sity in Salem, Ore., North­west Uni­ver­sity in Kirk­land, North­west Nazarene Uni­ver­sity in Nampa, Idaho, East­ern Ore­gon Uni­ver­sity in La­Grande, and Lewis and Clark State Col­lege in Lewis­ton.

The ac­cred­i­ta­tion through the Transna­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chris­tian Col­leges and Schools will broaden those trans­fer op­tions, in­crease schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and mean Gather 4 Him stu­dents will be able to ap­ply for fed­eral stu­dent aid, Nash said.

At the col­lege, stu­dents take gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion classes, from hu­man­i­ties to math and science cour­ses. Be­cause it’s a Chris­tian school, classes are taught from a Bi­b­li­cal world view — that means cre­ation­ism is taught in science, for ex­am­ple.

Elec­tives are in Bi­b­li­cal ed­u­ca­tion, from Sur­vey of Bi­b­li­cal Lit­er­a­ture to Chris­tian The­ol­ogy.

A sig­na­ture part of the cur­ricu­lum is the “practicum,” where stu­dents get real-world ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in a church or the com­mu­nity.

Nash said the col­lege helps stu­dents dis­cern their paths and gives them a solid Bi­b­li­cal foun­da­tion.

Gather 4 Him has 13 ad­junct fac­ulty mem­bers and five ad­min­is­tra­tive staff. It’s wel­comed more than 130 stu­dents since it opened, and 94 per­cent of its grad­u­ates have trans­ferred to four-year uni­ver­si­ties, Nash said.

The cur­rent build­ing, on West Clear­wa­ter Av­enue near High­way 395, can ac­com­mo­date about 100 stu­dents.

Of­fi­cials ex­pect to out­grow it in a cou­ple of years, Nash said.

A cap­i­tal cam­paign will launch soon to raise money for a new fa­cil­ity in the Southridge area.

It will be able to hold close to 300 peo­ple, Nash said.

To learn more or do­nate to Gather 4 Him, go to col­lege.gath­

Cour­tesy of Ross James Pho­tog­ra­phy

Gather 4 Him Chris­tian Col­lege in Kennewick just earned ac­cred­i­ta­tion and plans to launch a cap­i­tal cam­paign for ex­pan­sion.

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