Trinity Lutheran College (Washington)

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Trinity Lutheran College
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Motto Intellectual, Faithful, Engaged
Type Private
Established 1944
Affiliation Lutheran
Executive director Jim Lindus[1]
Undergraduates 166[1]
Location Everett, Washington, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and Yellow
Mascot Eagle
Website www.tlc.edu

Trinity Lutheran College was an accredited, Christian liberal arts college in Everett, Washington that offered bachelor's degrees, associates degrees, and 1-year certficates. The Campus Center is located in downtown Everett between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. The college ceased instruction in 2016. [1]

History[edit]

Trinity Lutheran College was formally known as "Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle" (L.B.I) Founded in 1944, LBI began as a small school dedicated to providing biblical studies education. Over the next 30 years the school grew to over 300 students and offered many degrees, and certificates. Having outgrown the Seattle location, LBI moved in 1980 to Issaquah, Washington to the campus formally known as "Providence Heights College". Shortly thereafter LBI sold a significant portion of their unused property on the south side of the school to a developer. LBI played a key role in the development of this property, transforming it into a thriving retirement community known as "Providence Point". LBI became accredited, and later changed their name to Trinity Lutheran College in hopes of reversing the declining student enrollment during the 1980's . Trinity also added more degrees, and sports programs including degrees in Social Work, and Pre-law. In and effort to make the school more financially stable Trinity moved again to a smaller campus located in Everett, Washington in 2008. By 2016 Trinity was unable to increase their student enrollment numbers to sustainable levels. President John Reed resigned under pressure and in January 2016 the Board of Directors formally announced Trinity would cease instruction at the end of the semester.

During the closing ceremony on May 8, 2016 many students and alumni reflected on the unique and special community they experienced at Trinity. The small-school environment allowed students to develop life-long friendships with each other, and countless Alumni even met their future spouses at Trinity. Meanwhile, Trinity offered many low-income students the opportunity to become the first in their family to graduate from college. Empowered through their education, the graduates confirmed "We were made better" because of this place and felt ready to enter the world as justice minded leaders.

Athletics[edit]

Intercollegiate athletics programs include men's and women's cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and track and field. Teams played as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Division I members of the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA).

Campus[edit]

The Trinity Lutheran College Campus Center opened fall semester of 2008 in Everett, Washington and was located at 2802 Wetmore Ave., at the corner of California St. and Wetmore Ave.

The Campus Center had five floors devoted to classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, the library, a student store, and a commons area. The center is served by a parking garage connected by a skywalk. Student housing was nearby, as is the YMCA, which was available for student use at no cost.

Closure[edit]

On January 12, 2016, Rev. Dr. Kevin Bates (Chair, Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors) released an open letter, expressing a plan to end operation of the college. Academic instruction ceased on May 7, 2016. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Chris Winters (January 12, 2016). "Trinity Lutheran College in downtown Everett to close". The Daily Herald. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ College, Trinity Lutheran. "An Open Letter to the Trinity Lutheran College Students, Faculty and Staff from the Board of Directors". www.tlc.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 

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Coordinates: 47°58′49″N 122°12′27″W / 47.98028°N 122.20750°W / 47.98028; -122.20750