This blog is probably well overdue. As some are already aware, The Good News Rescue Mission has hired me as their new Academic Director. I had the pleasure of meeting with Mrs. Lynn Swanson, the former Academic Director, during our transition and know she will be dearly missed. Thank you Mrs. Swanson for your years of dedication and heart of love for our students.
My vision for the Academic Center is that we will create an output of students who are highly desirable in the local workplace due to an outstanding degree of education, high moral and ethical standards and centralized experience prior to work placement, while being sponsored by the reputation of a highly favorable academic center.
In order to accomplish this vision I have developed a three phase process. In the first phase, students will work on academics to restructure their minds and learning as they recover from their addictions which degraded most of their mental processing. Once students have met or exceeded the minimum scores for academics, they will then advance to the second phase.
In phase two, our students will enter a computer literacy course. Students will learn to type without looking at 40 wpm with 95% accuracy. They will then learn to master basic software such as, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The computer literacy course will help students achieve a competitive edge for job placement in the local market place.
The third phase will be a Job Preparedness course in which students will take various career assessments to discover their occupational propensity. Students will then develop a career portfolio containing a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, achievements and awards. Students will learn goal setting, business ethics, values and organizational structures. Toward the end of their Job Preparedness course, students will learn pertinent interview skills and be given mock interviews. The coaching students receive in conjunction with the course will help them gain confidence and understanding necessary for placement in the job market.
Finally, the Mission our Academic Center Staff holds to is that we exist to serve students by providing a Christ-centered education while instilling biblical worldviews and demonstrating the sacrificial love of Christ to each student.
It is an honor to have been given the privilege to direct the Academic Center at the Good News Rescue Mission and I look forward to sharing our progress with you all. As always, I encourage everyone to keep our staff and students covered in prayer as we march forward toward strength and freedom of Christ.
I will end with a testimony. Mark N. in our New Life Recovery program recently took his GED assessment after studying at the Academic Center. When we received the results, we not only learned Mark had passed his GED but Mark had also scored 99% on 3 of the 5 subjects and was in the 80 percentile for the other 2 subjects. Mark is now excited and entertaining career options in fields he has always dreamed of but never thought possible. Mark has been affirmed, “With God, all things are possible.”
Jonathan D. Anderson
Director of Academics