Originally Posted by Xelebes
Link to article: Edmonton Journal
Camrose has a few of these colleges (Gardner, CLBI, Augusta) and a few other towns have them. Often times, they are what keep the towns from becoming hamlets. Apart from that, this could mean a slow change is occuring in the rural parts of Alberta and the prospects for the Wildrose on their current platform don't look so rosy. Cardston might have to say goodbye to the days of Bible Bill.
As someone who grew up in Camrose, Bible Colleges still have their place for a niche group of people. What the article does not mention is that in an effort to adapt, some of these colleges are not sticking to their strengths (religious/Bible courses) and are offering secular programs that are not being recognized by other post secondary institutions or employers. In short, in trying to attract more students they attempting to directly compete with larger institutions like U of A, SAIT, etc at the expense of their Bible-based courses (turning off their target base). It's like owning a mom & pop store and trying to directly compete with Wal Mart (except the larger instutions offer better quality education, oppertunity, etc.) - it cannot be done.