Clearwater Christian College
|Clearwater Christian College|
|Motto||Seek Truth, Follow Christ, Impact Eternity|
|Chancellor||Arthur E. Steele|
|Location||Clearwater, Florida, USA|
Clearwater Christian College (CCC) is a non-denominational Christian college in Clearwater, Florida on Tampa Bay. The school has an enrollment around six hundred students. Clearwater Christian College was founded in 1966. CCC has majors in the divisions of Biblical Studies, Humanities, Business, Education, Fine Arts, and Sciences, for a total of twenty six different majors and seventeen minors. The current president of CCC is Jack Klem.
Clearwater Christian College is composed of roughly 80% residence hall students and 20% commuters, and there are a variety of student activities and organizations for all students to participate in. There are Greek letter organizations, student government, intramural sports, fine arts groups, yearbook, political club, a student newspaper, and other opportunities.
The CCC intercollegiate athletics teams, known as the Cougars, have been very successful in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II. The women's volleyball team has won twelve national titles, including seven in a row during 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Their men's soccer team has also won back to back national titles in 2009 and 2010. The women's soccer team also won the 2012 national title.
Clearwater is a conservative college and maintains student guidelines that include a modest dress code, regulation of facial hair, limited physical contact between the sexes, and chapel attendance three times per week. Student rooms are inspected weekly for cleanliness, and a "white glove" inspection is performed once a semester. The college uses a relational approach to discipline in order to facilitate a spirit of growth and restoration whenever possible.
CCC is known as a Christ-centered liberal arts college with a general education curriculum in the arts and sciences plus an embedded Bible minor. The most popular majors are business, elementary education, and general studies, but there has been increasing demand for the programs in the division of science: biology, pre-med, exercise and sport science, psychology, and mathematics. Education majors earn Florida state certification. The interdisciplinary studies major is available for students who wish to focus on two academic disciplines without having to assume the coursework of a double major.
Clearwater Christian College has an agreement with the nearby University of South Florida (USF) to offer its students ROTC programs in Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
Clearwater encourages its students to participate in study abroad and missions trips. In recent years, the college has offered study abroad trips for college credit during spring break and summer break to Austria, Costa Rica, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. As a faith-based institution committed to serving God, CCC sponsors missions trips to international locations. Faculty, staff, and students have ministered across the globe in Argentina, Brazil, China, Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, and Thailand.
Clearwater Christian College is a denominationally unaffiliated Christian college, however most of their faculty, staff, and students come from various Baptist and independent Bible church backgrounds. The college's doctrinal statement is one that focuses on the historic fundamentals of Protestant Christianity.
Students are required to attend Sunday services, chapel services, and spend time in Christian service. Small group, student-led devotional time occurs twice a week for prayer and peer edification, for all resident students.
In July, 1965, Arthur E. Steele went to Florida looking for a place to found a Christian College, as a reaction to what the founders saw as trends in evangelical colleges away from biblical standards of morality. The school would emphasize doctrine and personal soul-winning, and was a reaction against the ecumenical movement, new evangelicalism, and ecumenical evangelism.
Steele found Clearwater, Florida to be an ideal place to found a college. He soon acquired 50 acres (200,000 m2) waterfront at the eastern entrance of Clearwater. On September 17, 1966, the college officially opened with 15 students enrolled.
Clearwater Christian College received full accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC) in December 1984 and in 1998 gained reaffirmation for SACS-COC accreditation.
In January, 1987, the Board of Directors named Dr. George D. Youstra to succeed Dr. Steele as president. Since 1987, the college enrollment has more than tripled, new buildings have been added, 89 additional acres have been acquired, and new programs offered.
In 1994, the college received from the state of Florida approval for its teacher education programs. This approval allows students to go on to state certification.
In May 2002, Dr. Richard A. Stratton assumed the presidency.
In the summer 2008, the College began its first graduate program in the area of Educational Leadership, and the Florida Department of Education granted full approval for Elementary Education graduates to be certified with a reading endorsement.
In the spring of 2011, Dr. Richard A. Stratton announced that he would be phasing out of his role as president.
On May 7, 2012, Dr. John F. Klem became the fifth president of Clearwater Christian College.
Accreditation and memberships
Clearwater Christian College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Education degrees. Clearwater has been given Teacher Education Program Approval by the Florida Department of Education.
Clearwater is a member of the following groups:
- American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries (AACCS)
- Council of Independent Colleges(CIC)
- Florida Association of Colleges and Universities (FACU)
- Florida Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (FACTE)
- Florida Independent College Fund (FICF)
- Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce (GCCC)
- Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF)
- National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
- On-line Computer Library Center (OCLC)
- Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce (SHCC)
- Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO)
- Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC)
- Independent Fundamental Churches of America (IFCA)
- Clearwater Doctrinal Statement
- "Clearwater Christian College: History". Clearwater Christian College. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Clearwater Christian College: History". Clearwater Christian College. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- CCC's profile on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Florida Department of Education