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Student Success Stories

Walt LaCouter, Kitsap Rescue Mission, Kitsap, WA

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Recorded 2013.

Rev. Michelle Porter, Executive Director, Soul's Harbour Rescue Mission, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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"I am the first graduate of City Vision College and I have a bachelor in rescue missions and our ministry uses interns as a way to grow and to expand our ministry into the Halifax area. In the past 20 years, I have worked with probably 24 interns and we have just found this program to be really wonderful and practical whether you go into rescue ministry work or some other inner city work...We highly recommend it."
Recorded in 2013.

Eric Gardner, Wheeler Mission Ministries, Indianapolis, IN

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Eric Gardner runs the men's addiction recovery program at the Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis, IN. When interviewed at the AGRM Convention in 2013, while still completing the Addiction Studies program, he said his City Vision training has been "more than valuable to our addictions program here in Indianapolis. I' to be more confident in what we do, able to work with men on a deeper level, and able to dispense the knowledge that I have gained here at City Vision to the staff here at Wheeler."

City Vision has enabled him to "in a more informed way, deal out best practices to those that Jesus loves so deeply and ultimately [to] help men see long lasting success in Christ in overcoming their addictions." He concludes by saying, "I'm really grateful for my opportunity to be a student here."


Jeff Kolsch's Story: Loving the Poor

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Jeff Kolsch knew he wanted to work in Christian ministry helping the poor, like at a rescue mission. After becoming the director of Donor Relations at the NYC Rescue Mission he found out City Vision University was part of AGRM. He thought it’d be helpful to enroll in order to further his education and continue his work in a field he loves. Like most people who enroll, he was attracted to CVC’s course material on rescue missions. It was affordable, and it was online. He graduated with a B.A. in Missions, Administration, and Operations.

What he learned at CVC gave him “a more rounded knowledge and understanding of how rescue missions operate” including the important components of a recovery program, as well as food and building operations. He is also currently pursuing a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration at North Park University. He would not have been able to enroll at North Park without his recent college work from CVC.

Jeff described his experience at CVC as “enjoyable” and “flexible” and was appreciative of the material the college offered.  “City Vision is an excellent college if you want to go into rescue missions.”

This testimonial was given in 2012.

[Edited May 2015; updated the institution's name]