When God uses Old Schools to do New Things

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The Beacon radio show is presented by Phoenix Christan and hosted by PC Alumnus Steve Woods on Sundays at 9am on 960 The Patriot-KKNT AM.

September 29, 2019

Hosted by Steve Woods

Grand Canyon College was founded in 1949 in Prescott, Arizona and moved in 1951 to 90 acres in what was then West Phoenix in 1951. The school was fully accredited by 1968 and in 1984 the trustees voted to transition to university status by the schools 40th anniversary. Grand Canyon University subsequently moved from being owned and operated by the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention to being self-owned and governed by the Board of Trustees. By the early 2000s, GCU was struggling with dwindling financial support and in 2003 a small group of investors acquired the university and turned the focus to online education for working adults. That initial leadership later transitioned to a new leadership team in 2008 which brought about further clarity for mission and vision. More than a billion dollars has been invested in GCU over the last decade and in 2018 the institution successfully returned to the non-profit roots in order to provide students and faculty many equitable opportunities.

In this episode, we welcome Dr. Lisa Bernier, GCU College of Education, to learn about strategic partnerships being formed with public, charter, and most recently with private Phoenix Christian Preparatory School (also founded in 1949) in order to embed and equip GCU education students in a live classroom setting in ways that are intentionally beneficial for all involved. God continues to work through GCU and Phoenix Christian 70 years later in new ways that will encourage you as you listen. LOPES UP!!!

Organizations mentioned:

gcu.edu

phoenixchristian.org

compassion.com

lisa.bernier@gcu.edu

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