Grace College Weber School Opens New Location in Fort Wayne: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Friday, August 5, 2011
Grace College and Theological Seminary has announced it is opening a location in Fort Wayne at the Ambassador Enterprises property formerly occupied by Fort Wayne Bible College, and classes will begin this fall. To commemorate the event, Grace will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference on Friday, August 5, 2001 at 11 AM at the location, which is housed in the English Library.
Speakers will include Dr. Ronald Manahan, president of Grace College, Mayor Tom Henry and Larry Rottmeyer of Ambassador Enterprises.
Grace College is moving forward to bring post-secondary education within reach of a larger population. Beginning August 2011, The Henry and Frances Weber School at Grace College will deliver a two-year associate of arts degree in general studies in two locations: Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Tuition rates for the new program are $3900 per semester.
Dr. Ronald Manahan, president of Grace College, remarked, “To our knowledge this is the only such Christian two-year program available today. This school will offer a cost-effective associate degree to students in urban areas who want a Christian education, and we ultimately look forward to offering this program in a variety of cities.”
Each of the two years will be divided into fall, spring, and summer semesters, each with two eight-week sessions. The program is designed so that students completing the two-year associate degree can continue to the Winona Lake campus or transfer to another college to complete baccalaureate degrees.
Dr. John Teevan has been appointed Executive Director of The Weber School. Teevan came to Grace in 2006 to lead the Prison Extension, which grew to 350 students under his leadership. For more than thirty years before coming to Grace, he was a pastor in Grace Brethren Churches in Ashland, Ohio and Winona Lake, Ind.
“Henry and Frances Weber have served Grace College in a variety of capacities for nearly two decades,” said Teevan. “It’s an honor for our school to be able to give back to them when they have given so richly to us.”
Henry Weber noted that Christian higher education needed “to develop alumni who make their way in the world as successful Christian members of society, no matter what their vocation.” Through The Weber School, Grace plans to help fulfill this charge by lowering the upfront cost of the first two years of college and minimizing barriers to education that many people face.