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The Portland school announces recently it will close, stranding many of its students

Students attending Concordia University of Portland who still have to complete undergraduate or graduate studies can get some help from a school up the road: George Fox University. The private Christian university based out of Newberg is one of the schools that is offering Concordia students an expedited application process along with a litany of financial aid options.

Concordia announced earlier this month that it is closing permanently, leaving many students without the opportunity to complete their degrees. GFU is offering those students guaranteed $5,000 grants that are renewable annually; when that grant is combined with other financial aid available it translates to roughly $12,000 to $16,000 per year, according to a release by the school.

"In addition, George Fox will waive application fees and essay requirements, expedite the application process and honor 100 percent of Concordia school credits," the release said. "Admission counselors are available to work with students, one-on-one, to discuss their options and create a personalized plan."

GFU's bachelor's degree-completion programs for adults will also accept Concordia credits, allowing those students to waive their application fee and apply through an expedited process while working personally with an admissions counselor.

The same services and assistance will be provided to graduate students as well.

"George Fox offers several traditional undergraduate, adult degree completion and graduate programs that are compatible with Concordia's fields of study," the release said. "At the undergraduate level, the institution offers more than 90 majors, minors and pre-professional programs (and) the William Penn Honors Program …."

Undergraduate programs of potential interest to Concordia students include, according to the release, include management and organizational leadership, healthcare administration, project management, social and behavioral studies, elementary education and nursing. Except for the elementary education and nursing majors, all degree-completion programs can be done online as well.

Graduate opportunities include, among other programs, a master of arts in teaching (MAT), a master of business administration (MBA), a doctor of education (EdD), a master of education (MEd, online only), education endorsements and certificates, and administrative licensure programs.

Ryan Dougherty, vice president of enrollment and marketing at George Fox, acknowledged the unique nature of Concordia students' situations in a statement. He said the school has a desire to work with students and bring them into the fold after being left without a college in this strange circumstance.

"We recognize that this is a sudden and unexpected announcement that has left many Concordia students in shock and unsure of what to do next," Dougherty said. "We want to them know they have a place to go – a place that will work with them to make their dream of finishing their degree a reality. That's the essence of our Be Known promise – that each student here is known and cared for as an individual."

Concordia will close after its spring term. For those students interested in completing their degree at GFU, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-538-8383 for more information. Additional material on GFU's degree programs and history can be found at www.georgefox.edu.

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Education Solutions Services is hiring substitute staff locally

Education Solutions Services is hiring substitute support staff for the Newberg School District and is inviting those with experience in a variety of realms to apply.

ESS is the nation's largest education staffing company and is seeking individuals to help out locally. Available positions in Newberg include educational assistants, lunch helpers, secretaries and crossing guards.

Positions come with flexible scheduling, weekly pay, health benefits and 401(k), training opportunities and more.

For more information, visit www.ESS.com or call 866-208-7454.


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