The GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners) program gives adult learners the opportunity to earn a B.S. in Management, while maintaining their family and career responsibilities. This degree is offered both residentially and online.
GOAL is specifically designed for adult learners who desire to complete their four-year degree while continuing full-time life responsibilities. With convenient scheduling, current technology and outstanding conventional classroom instruction, Grace offers the faculty, courses, and academic resources to make completing a bachelor’s degree a reality.
This B.S. in Management degree serves those who have interrupted their higher education for work, family or other commitments. Building upon previous college credits and life-long learning experiences equivalent to about two years of college, the GOAL degree can be completed in 16 months.
Examples of courses in this major:
Students will build a writing portfolio for diverse audiences and purposes. A writing rubric will ensure strong ideas, logical organization, conversational voice, clear words, smooth sentences, correct copy, and a reader-friendly design. Computer tools will be used to create and enhance written messages that meet the needs of today’s fast-paced business environment.
In this course, students will learn to analyze, construct and deliver a variety of presentations required in the modern workplace. Emphasis will be on practicality and individual growth.
Students will gain experience with and knowledge of concepts related to diversity in the workplace. Special emphasis is placed on understanding personality preferences. Group dynamics such as power, perception, motivation, leadership and decision-making are analyzed through readings, written assignments and class discussion.
This course will survey the role of managers in organization: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. We will explore leadership styles and techniques, preparing students to solve problems and apply effective decision- making processes in their environments.
Students study the basic legal principles which control modern business transactions. Additionally, the course deals with such topics as contracts, agencies, employment, negotiable instruments, property, sales and business relations with government.
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B.A. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Grace College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Dr. Thomas Edgington joined the Grace College faculty in 1992. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor, who has practiced in community health centers, church counseling centers, and private practice. He is involved in ongoing research and has interests in marriage counseling and counseling depression and anxiety.
B.A. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling and Personnel, Western Michigan University
Cindy Sisson joined Grace in 2002, and is currently the Dean of Admissions. She also teaches in the college's School of Behavioral Science and School of Adult and Community Education. She and her husband have three children and they attend Warsaw Community Church.
B.M., William Tyndale College; M.A. in Counseling, Eastern Michigan University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University
Dr. Jim Swanson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Services, joined the Grace College faculty in 1995. In addition to his role in student life, he is an instructor in the GOAL Program and for the School of Behavioral Sciences. He has professional counseling licenses in Michigan and Indiana. His special interests include marriage and family, addictions, statistics, and crisis intervention.
B.A. in Speech Communication, Grace College; M.A. in Communications, Ball State University; Ed.D. in Educational Administration for Higher Education, Ball State University
Dr. Grill chaired the Grace College Communications Department for nearly 20 years before being named Dean of Ivy Tech State Community College/Warsaw in 1988. During his 10 years at Ivy Tech, Grill was named both Kosciusko County "Man of the Year" and Winona Lake "Citizen of the Year" for his efforts in bringing higher education to a wider range of citizens in this area. He returned to Grace in 1999 in order to begin a Grace College community education outreach.
Diploma in Christian Education, Moody Bible Institute; B.S. in Behavioral Science, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Grace Theological Seminary; M.A. in Organizational Communication, with emphasis on training and development, Ball State University
Allyn Decker is the Vice President and Training Director for Lake City University at Lake City Bank in Warsaw, Indiana. He is involved in professional associations and boards across the community, such as the Kosciusko Leadership Academy, Kosciusko County Convention Advisory Board, and many others. In 1996, as chair of the Grace College Communication Department, Prof. Decker was the recipient of the Alva J. McClain Outstanding Teacher award, which is awarded to one Grace College faculty member each year.
B.S. in Psychology, The Ohio State University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min. in Pastoral Studies, Denver Seminary
Dr. Jeffrey Gill was the senior pastor of the Delaware, Ohio Grace Brethren Church for 20 years (1982-2002). He started at the church when it was little more than a church plant. It experienced substantial growth over the years and is now well-known in the FGBC as a healthy and influential church body. He assumed the role of Dean of Grace Theological Seminary in July, 2002. In 2008, he was named Dean of the School of Ministry Studies, which includes both the Seminary and the undergraduate Biblical Studies Department at Grace. He was the National Moderator of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches in 2002. He and his wife, Kathy, have two grown daughters.
B.A. in Bible and Psychology, Grace College; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Purdue University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University
Dr. Bill Katip's professional background includes more than 35 years of college administration, teaching, and counseling experience in college admissions, student life, and academic affairs. From 1989 to 2007, he lived in Beaver Falls, PA, where he served for 10 years as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Robert Morris University. In June, 2007, he was appointed provost at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. He and his wife, Debbie Cahill Katip, have four children.
B.S. in Business Administration, Grace College; J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law
Professor Kevin Vanderground formerly taught at First Baptist Christian School. He also has had experience as a law clerk and attorney, and he currently works for Bratcher & Vanderground, P.C. in Merrillville, IN., where is he is an attorney and founding partner.
B.S. in Business Administration and Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Adult and Community Education, Ball State University.
Professor Tim Ziebarth is a 1993 graduate of Grace College, where he majored in business administration and psychology and minored in communications. After graduating from Grace College, he spent a year working in city government as the assistant city planner, then joined the 1st Source Bank headquarter out of South Bend, Indiana. His banking experience includes the role of mortgage loan officer, branch manager, and small business loan officer. He returned to campus in 2002 as the director of alumni services in the Grace Alumni Office. In May 2009, he was named the Director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development. He has taught in undergraduate students in Grace's School of Business and currently teaches for the School of Adult and Community Education.
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