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About City Vision College


About Distance Learning Why Choose City Vision College?
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Transfer Credit Policy Computer Requirements
Accreditation & Affiliations Statement of Faith

City Vision College (Established 1998)City Vision College is the accredited Internet-based distance learning program of TechMission. Its mission is to provide practical online education to those involved in nonprofit management, addiction counseling and urban ministry. Offices are based in Kansas City, MO.

The original curriculum for the college was developed in 1990 as a part of a joint Urban Ministry degree program offered by Grace University and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. The AGRM, founded in 1913, is an association of over 300 ministries that help the homeless, addicted and needy in cities throughout North America.

In 1998, the AGRM established its own distance learning program using these courses and called it "Rescue College." In the years that followed, the curriculum was further expanded to create its first degree completion program; a Bachelor of Arts in Missions with an urban ministry emphasis. The college was accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission in 2005. In 2008, AGRM transferred ownership of the college to TechMission.

In fall 2008, City Vision College began to offer an Addiction Studies program in partnership with the NET Institute with training in the Twelve Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor. It is designed to prepare students to attain the Certified Addiction Counselor credential in the states in which they reside.

Enrollment is open year round in the college's certificate or degree completion programs. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Missions with an urban ministry emphasis, a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Management or a Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies.

Certificates are awarded to students who complete 30 hours of courses in one of these areas of concentration but do not have sufficient transfer credits to earn a degree.  Individual courses can also be taken for personal enrichment and professional development.

Several courses can be used to fulfill the initial educational requirements of the CFRE credential for fundraising professionals and its on-going continuing education requirements. The college is also an Approved Academic Education Provider for NAADAC, the association for addictions professionals.

Goals & Objectives

The City Vision College curriculum is designed to prepare its graduates to:

A.   Understand the history of evangelical efforts to reach the city and to recognize the Biblical basis of the urban mission movement.

B.   Lead staff members and manage programs and services that meet the needs of various people who seek assistance at rescue missions and similar non-profit organizations. This includes addiction recovery programs, service to homeless men and women, youth work, and family ministries.

C.   Oversee the financial and administrative functions of a non-profit organization.

E.   Demonstrate the basic promotional, fundraising, and public relations skills necessary to communicate effectively with supporting constituencies.

F. In the Addiction Studies program, to prepare graduates to become credentialed as addiction counselors in the states in which they reside.

A degree or certificate from City Vision College, coupled with appropriate experience in the field, can open the door to employment in a variety of administrative and direct care positions with rescue missions and other social service organizations.  These positions may include executive director, assistant director, department head, program director, chaplain, caseworker, counselor and various other administrative positions.