Private Christian High School will host college campus

         When remodeling wraps up at the new Westside Christian High School off Pacific Highway, the building will feature more than a new home for the private Christian school. It will also be home to the newest campus for Warner Pacific College.

Warner Pacific announced last week that it will be adding a sixth campus to the Portland area, offering classes for its adult-degree program at the school beginning this fall.

For months crews have been working on re-modeling the former General Motors building near Pacific Highway and Highway 217.

Westside Christian High School — which has rented space in Lake Oswego for years — plans to take over the building this fall, sharing the space with Warner Pacific and City Bible Church.

Warner Pacific currently operates four campuses in Portland and one in Vancouver. The Tigard campus will become Warner Pacific’s first foray into Washington County.

"All of us at Warner Pacific are so excited to be able to expand our services through the west side campus," said Andrea Cook, Warner Pacific’s president. "We are fully committed to making higher education accessible to all students, and this partnership with Westside is a significant step in living out our mission."

The new location will offer classes with majors and minors in business, accounting, healthcare administration, human development, management, education, and organizational development.

In addition to hosting classes at the school, the partnership between Westside Christian and Warner Pacific will allow students at the private Christian high school to take college courses before graduating.

Through the partnership, the schools will roll out two college-level courses each year over the next four years.

By 2016 students at Westside Christian will be able to take a year’s worth of college credits through Warner Pacific before graduating from high school.

"This program will allow students who are looking to get a jump start on col-lege to do so,” said Westside Christian High School President Andy Sears. “Studies show that students who enter college with credit are more likely to complete a college degree. If they take full advantage of the program, they could complete their undergraduate studies up to a year early and save tens of thousands of dollars.”

Adult-degree classes at Warner Pacific are enrolling now and will begin in the fall.

Westside Christian and the new Warner Pacific College are located at 8200 S.W. Pfaffle St., in Tigard.

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