San Diego Christian College https://sdcc.edu Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:03:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Career Opportunities with a BS in Leadership and Justice https://sdcc.edu/12604-2/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:08:12 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12604 The post Career Opportunities with a BS in Leadership and Justice appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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Leadership is a topic on the minds of many in the business world today. With a generation of senior managers retiring, organizations face the task of finding qualified leaders to replace them.

It’s reached a point where some feel there is a leadership crisis. Whether it’s a crisis or not is debatable. But what is certain is that qualified leaders are demand more than ever, including executives, managers and administrators.

Criminal justice is one of those areas where ethical, knowledgeable leadership is needed.

Degree programs in leadership often focus on specialization, preparing graduates to take on decision-making roles in a specific area of industry. At San Diego Christian College, the Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Criminal Justice offers graduates the expertise to work in three areas: criminal justice, political science and homeland security.

What You’ll Learn In a BS in Leadership Program

Justice covers all areas of law enforcement, the court systems, emergency management, security and corrections. The field is a large one, offering those with leadership abilities a wealth of opportunities to find the career that best fits their personal goals.

In all concentrations of the BS in Leadership and Criminal Justice, students learn to build common ground among diverse groups of people, practice reflective learning, use sound models for conflict analysis and foster collaborative efforts that result in constructive outcomes.

For those already employed in law enforcement and other justice fields, the online bachelor’s degree program expands on the skills they have acquired through experience.

Areas of Management

In all three concentrations in the BS in Leadership and Justice program, students learn to manage in five significant areas. They include management of:

• Attention. The ability to set direction with purpose, principles and vision
• Meaning. The ability to communicate direction clearly and effectively
• Trust. The ability to be a reliable, trustworthy and grounded leader
• Self. The ability to understand your own skills and how best to use them in interactions with others

Careers With a BS in Leadership and Justice

Justice covers all areas of law enforcement, the court systems, emergency management, security and corrections. It also includes counter-terrorism work, homeland security and taking an active, ethical role in political science.

In criminal justice and homeland security, jobs can include:

• Police Chief
• Corrections Officer Supervisor
• Supervisory Criminal Investigator
• Emergency Management Director
• Security Management
• A management position with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
• A management position with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

In political science, leadership positions can include those who directly work on policy initiatives, sometimes on the staffs of elected officials. Others may work in government agencies. Job titles include legislative assistant, policy analyst, political consultant or political campaign director.

Leadership skills are in demand in many industries, including criminal justice. For those who wish to make a difference in people’s lives, a degree in leadership and justice is worth your consideration.

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What Can I Do With A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications? https://sdcc.edu/12594-2/ Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:56:06 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12594 The post What Can I Do With A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications? appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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Communications remains a vital component of a successful business. That’s made the demand remain high for those with strong communication skills, especially as technology has opened many different channels to reach an audience.

Communications is a field that cuts across all sectors of the economy. Professionals in communications are needed at large corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and consulting companies that offer communications services to clients.

The emergence of online education has made it more convenient for both recent high school graduates and working professionals to earn a degree that can open the door to jobs in the field. For example, San Diego Christian College offers a 100% online Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree program.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular jobs for communications graduates.

Communications Specialist

Many organizations, especially larger ones, hire people to handle communications with the public. That can include consumers, investors and members of the media. Typical job duties include writing press releases, fielding questions from the media, communicating with the public and maintaining an organization’s “brand” and reputation.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the number of people working as communications specialists – also called public relations – will increase 9% by 2026. The mean annual salary for public relations specialists was $67,990 nationwide in May 2017.

California ranks among the top states in terms of the number of people working in public relations and as communications specialists. The mean annual salary was $75,540 in May 2017.

Press Secretary

This occupation is a subset of the communications and public relations field. Press secretaries work for government agencies or individual elected officials, with the most well-known example being the White House press secretary. In this job, communications experts keep the public informed about important actions by government agencies or officials. About 10% of all public relations professionals work for a government agency, but the median annual salary tends to be higher, according to the BLS.

Social Media Manager

This is another job within communications and public relations. With the importance of social media in modern marketing strategy, managing the various social media channels used by organizations is increasingly important. Social media offers a way to directly engage customers with marketing messages, get feedback on products and services, and begin relationships that can turn one-time buyers into long-term customers.

For government and nonprofit agencies, social media offers the chance to extend the reach of important messages about services and, in the case of nonprofits, potential donors.

Film and Video Editors

People often associate communications with writing. While many jobs do involve writing, film and video editing – as well as working as a camera operator – are increasingly important as the Internet provides more channels to get video in front of an audience. Film and video editors work for media outlets, marketing and advertising agencies, and movie production and documentary film companies.

Growth in this field is expected to reach 13% by 2026, according to the BLS. The mean annual wage for film and video editors is $83,950. In California, which employs far more film and video editors than other states, the mean annual wage is $109,070.

Writer

With the innovations in communications technology, many writers now work remotely or as freelancers. The number of businesses needing writers has increased as more have seen the value of having well-written content on their websites. This can include private industry, government agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations. Also, writers produce both fiction and non-fiction books and write screenplays for television and film.

The number of writers working nationwide is projected to increase 8% by 2026, according to the BLS. Nationwide, the mean annual salary for a writer is $72,120. In California, which employees more writers than any other state, the mean annual salary is $96,120.

Editor

Many editors are former writers who have moved on to coordinating editorial content for a media organization, website or larger private companies. Editors, like writers, work under deadlines. They typical rewrite copy from writers to make it clearer, edit for fact errors and proper grammar, and develop ideas in tandem with writers.

Job growth in this area is expected to be flat, according to the BLS. But it’s worth noting that the projection includes the number of editor jobs dwindling in print publications. Jobs for websites should increase. The mean annual salary for editors was $68,230 in May 2017. In California, which trails only New York in the number of editors employed, the mean annual wage for editors is $79,170.

Communications remains an extremely important skill set in industry, the media, academics, government and nonprofits. For those wishing to put their skills in communications to use in their career, there are many interesting options.

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What Can I Do With A Degree in Human Development? https://sdcc.edu/12582-2/ Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:02:27 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12582 The post What Can I Do With A Degree in Human Development? appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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For those wishing to enter a service-oriented career, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development can be a beneficial first step to reaching your goal.

That’s because the term “human development” covers many careers. That includes professions in social services, research, counseling, human resources, teaching and nonprofit work. And that’s just to name a few of the most popular career choices.

A four-year degree in human development is one of those rare degrees that prepares graduates with the expertise needed to work in many different fields.

The Importance of Human Development Skills

A quality human development degree program offers graduates knowledge and skills in a number of important areas.

For example, students typically learn about problems faced by society, including substance abuse and child neglect and abuse, and the most modern methods to address these issues.

Graduates learn both prevention and intervention techniques when dealing with individuals, families and large groups. In addition, students learn how government and nonprofit agencies attempt to solve these issues. Graduates also understand the politics and public policies that impact societal challenges.

Another key aspect of human development is understanding the changes that happen over a person’s lifespan and the varying challenges that come with each phase of life.

Graduates not only learn the latest human development theories. They also understand how to apply them to real-world issues.

What You’ll Learn in a Human Development Program

Using the BA in Human Development program at San Diego Christian College as an example, students learn the theories, concepts, and foundational elements of human development.

Courses in the program include:

• Lifespan Development
• Transition, Loss & Death
• Counseling Theory
• Crisis Intervention
• Leadership & Motivation
• Adult Development & Life Planning
• Critical and Creative Thinking
• Values and Ethics
• Introduction to Psychology

As can be seen, students develop expertise in key issues connected with human development. This can prepare them for jobs in many work settings.

Careers in Human Development

The following jobs are just a handful of careers a human development professional can enter.

Human Resources Professional. Those who work in HR can find employment in private industry, the government and with nonprofits.
Crisis Center Staff. Those employed at crisis centers typically work with disadvantaged and low-income families who are experiencing challenges.
Early Childhood Center Director. Research has shown that early childhood development is an extremely important part of human development, often setting the tone for a person’s entire life.
Employment Interviewer/Recruiter. The skills learned in human development make graduates excellent candidates for working as a recruiter for an organization.
Youth Advocate. In this critical job, human development professionals work with children from troubled homes, ensuring their rights are protected.
Teacher. With a bachelor’s degree combined with teaching certification, human development professionals make for excellent teachers because of their understanding of human development

Knowledge in human development spans a variety of areas. Earning a degree in the field can better prepare graduates on their path to a challenging but rewarding service-oriented career.

Other careers in psychology where expertise gained through earning a bachelor’s degree is valued include:

  • Political campaigns
  • Career counseling
  • Life coach
  • Human resources

Clearly, expertise in psychology can open the door to many rewarding fields. For those interested in a career where skills and knowledge are used to help others deal with life’s complications and challenges, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology is well worth considering.

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How hiking Torrey Pines is like earning your degree online from SDCC https://sdcc.edu/how-hiking-torrey-pines-is-like-earning-your-degree/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 20:36:57 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12531 The post How hiking Torrey Pines is like earning your degree online from SDCC appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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You’ve been there many times before, at the beginning of the trailhead, excited for the journey in front of you. Perhaps, though, that excitement isn’t something you feel for continuing your education. Instead, you may feel anxious, apprehensive, or overwhelmed. You may even be dragging your feet, wondering if working toward a degree is even worth it. But just like reaching the top of a mountain, getting your degree is worth the hard work.

The gear.
Before you begin any challenging venture, you will need the right equipment and a few snacks (chocolate chip cookies perhaps). SDCC will equip you with a second-to-none faculty, top-notch courses and a steadfast coach for every step along the way – you’ll have to provide the cookies though.

The sacrifice.
Just like when you spend the day soaking up the beautiful scenery some of life’s responsibilities wait back at home. You will have to make your education a main priority while putting a few things on the back burner. But the trade-off is well worth it.

The climb.
It’s going to be an uphill climb. It’s about putting one foot in front of the other and finding your stride. It’s reading the materials and getting your assignments handed in on time. Sure, you may take a misstep along the way, lose focus, or even feel like giving up. You will have to commit to hard work to succeed.

The pinnacle.
You will likely experience rugged trails and skinned knees, but you will make it to the top. And what a sweet victory it is. You’ve earned the sweeping views, the feeling of conquering the mountain. And once you’ve earned that degree, you’ll reap the rewards of your hard work: personal achievement, career success, and opportunity.

Many new adventures are fraught with elements of simultaneous apprehension and excitement. That’s perfectly normal. Don’t let the mountain in front of you stop you. Instead, partner with us and we’ll help you get to the top. Our goal is to make the experience, from start to finish, one that you summit with pride.

Classes are forming now for January and we would love to have you. Request more information by completing the form below to get started! 

 

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SDC Welcomes Prospective Students for College for a Weekend https://sdcc.edu/sdc-welcomes-prospective-students-for-college-for-a-weekend/ Tue, 30 Oct 2018 18:11:31 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12424 The Admissions Team at San Diego Christian College welcomed 30 prospective students and their families to campus for our College for a Weekend event, October 25-26. Through this two-day activity-packed event, we provided the opportunity for these students to get a taste of what campus life is like here at SDC. At this overnight event, […]

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The Admissions Team at San Diego Christian College welcomed 30 prospective students and their families to campus for our College for a Weekend event, October 25-26. Through this two-day activity-packed event, we provided the opportunity for these students to get a taste of what campus life is like here at SDC.

At this overnight event, the prospective students attended classes, participated in chapel, ate in the cafeteria and interacted with our faculty, staff, and students. We also hosted sessions for parents where they were able to ask questions and receive information about our college.

The students had the opportunity to connect with each other and our students during games and a trip to the beach for a bonfire including s’mores!

We welcome all prospective students to join us for our next College For a Weekend event, coming up on February 15-16, 2019.  Click here for more information.

Photos by SDC Student Kimi Alberston

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Career in Psychology For Those Who Earn a Bachelor’s Degree https://sdcc.edu/12131-2/ Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:30:32 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12131 The post Career in Psychology For Those Who Earn a Bachelor’s Degree appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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Thanks to television and movies, most people think of one-on-one consultation with patients when they think of a career in psychology.

That certainly is one option. However, psychology is a fascinating, expanding field. A career in psychology can lead those with expertise in the field into many challenging areas of work.

A career in psychology begins by earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Graduates gain expert-level knowledge in both the latest theories and practical application of psychology.

What jobs can such a degree lead to? They include the following.

Clinical Psychologist

This is generally the first career path people think of when they think of psychology. Clinical psychologists work with individual patients in one-on-one settings, typically in private practice or in state-run facilities. They work to analyze, identify and treat mental disorder with patients, such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. They also work with patients to prevent mental disorders.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

In this role, psychologists focus on improving employee mental health in the workplace. An organizational psychologist will typically make recommendations to executives on ways to improve employee performance by creating a workplace that takes their mental wellbeing into consideration. Industrial and organizational psychologists develop programs that benefit the entire workforce.

They need expertise in organizational structure and development, group theory psychology and human development. They may focus on ways to motivate employees, improve recruitment and make for better training procedures.

School Psychologist

School psychologists do just what their title says – work with children within school systems. They also work one-one-one, applying their skills especially to children who are experiencing behavioral issues. School administrators also sometimes work with psychologists to make changes at schools with a focus on improving overall student mental health.

This area of psychology attracts those who enjoy working with teens and younger students. It also offers them a job where they can have an impact on a young person’s life. Psychologist can work in elementary education, secondary education and post-secondary education settings.

Special Education

This is a subset of school psychology. In this role, psychologists work with children who have learning disabilities and are at-risk academically.

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Psychologists in this job work outside the school system in private practice, working one-on-one with children and teens. They may also work in the criminal justice system with children who have been victims of neglect or abuse. Some also work for medical operations either on-staff or as consultants or in government-run community centers.

Market Research

Many larger companies and marketing consulting companies will hire psychologists to help them design marketing campaigns. Psychologists offer advice on how certain messages might be received given group dynamics.

Other careers in psychology where expertise gained through earning a bachelor’s degree is valued include:

  • Political campaigns
  • Career counseling
  • Life coach
  • Human resources

Clearly, expertise in psychology can open the door to many rewarding fields. For those interested in a career where skills and knowledge are used to help others deal with life’s complications and challenges, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology is well worth considering.

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How a Master’s Degree in Teaching Can Improve Both Your Career and Your Skills https://sdcc.edu/how-a-masters-degree-in-teaching-can-improve-career-skills/ Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:25:26 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12128 The post How a Master’s Degree in Teaching Can Improve Both Your Career and Your Skills appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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Of all the states, California ranks among the best for teachers. The pay is higher than in most other states, as are the number of career opportunities.

The Golden State currently faces a teacher shortage, according to the Learning Policy Institute. While there is a larger need for teachers in math, science, special education and bilingual education, the shortage also exists across many more subject areas.

The pipeline of new teachers has remained at the same levels in recent years, while demand has increased. That’s why it’s worthwhile for teachers in California to consider earning a master’s degree in teaching.

It can benefit both your career and your teaching skills.

Careers for Teachers in California

California requires all teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree and to earn a Single-Subject Teaching Credential before getting a full-time job in a classroom. This applies to secondary school teachers.

Teachers can first earn a preliminary teaching certificate. They then have five years to earn the single-subject credential. Part of obtaining a certificate is to complete a Teacher Induction Program, such as the one offered by San Diego Christian College.

Those who earn a master’s degree open the door to increased job opportunities. They include school administrator, lead teacher or jobs in higher education.

The job market is good for teachers across the country, with an 8 percent increase projected by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But, as noted above, the demand in California is expected to be even higher than that.

Teachers also made a median annual salary of $77,390 in California as of May 2017, according to BLS numbers. That’s the fourth highest in the country, and far higher than the national median for teachers of $62,860.

Earning a master’s degree positions teachers for the best jobs in this rapidly growing career in California.

Benefits to Your Skills

Of course, what makes those with a master’s degree in teaching so attractive for teaching jobs in California are the expertise and skills they develop in the degree program.

With programs now offered 100% online, such as the Master of Arts in Teaching program from San Diego Christian College, it also is more convenient than ever to earn a degree while maintaining a full-time teaching job.

Skills learned in a master’s program include:

  • Classroom leadership best practices
  • Ethical dispositions and decision-making in leadership
  • Community partnerships in multicultural education
  • Qualitative methods in educational research

All these skills make for better teachers. They also position graduates to take on leadership positions, even those outside of the classroom and the education system. Corporations value highly educated teachers for training programs. Nonprofits that focus on education issues also value teachers with master’s degrees.

California also has number of EdTech companies that are creating innovative ways to implement technology into classrooms. Those with a master’s degree in teaching and an interest in technology could find themselves suited to work for such companies.

Further, education research companies in California, such as the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, offer those with advanced degrees the opportunity to conduct research into educational issues as well as develop training programs for teachers.

California truly has a wealth of opportunity for those who earn a graduate degree in teaching. If you’re a teacher who wants to prepare for the highest-level jobs in teaching, there’s never been a better time to do in California.

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What Can You Do With An Undergraduate Business Degree https://sdcc.edu/12124-2/ Thu, 04 Oct 2018 14:58:19 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12124 The post What Can You Do With An Undergraduate Business Degree appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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Many people want to enter into business but may not have the time to make the commitment to earning a master’s degree.

That’s not a roadblock when it comes to career opportunities. For those who earn a bachelor’s degree in business, many career opportunities are available.

This proves especially true for those who specialize during their four-year program. The more technical-minded might want to take classes on analytics and data. Those interested in the many opportunities in healthcare should look for classes on the business of medical care.

And one area will always be needed: leadership. Organizations in all industries need leaders who are ready from the first day to make an impact on employee morale, productivity, business strategy and the efficiency of operations.

A four-year business degree can prepare graduates for that role.

What You’ll Learn

Business degrees vary by academic institution. Some focus on developing particular skillsets in graduates.

For example, at San Diego Christian College, the bachelor’s degree in business management prepares graduates to make an immediate impact on their profession in a leadership position. Students learn the skills necessary to provide quality leadership in their organization while also learning an ethics-based decision-making process.

The idea is to produce skilled, responsible leaders. Skills learned in the program include:

• Communication
• Project management
• Decision-making
• Entrepreneurism
• Managing employees in a diverse workplace
• “Soft skills” such as good listening and negotiating skills
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These skills are valuable in any industry, which is why focusing on leadership can set you up for a successful career no matter where you work.

Careers in Business

Many people think of “business leader” and immediately think of a chief executive officer sitting in a corner office. While those positions are out there, there are many, many other positions in business that require people with the skills learned in a bachelor’s degree business program.

Jobs available to business program graduates include positions such as:

• Office manager
• Regional sales manager
• Operations manager
• Human resources
• Business development manager
• Construction manager
• Media manager

Essentially, any department head or management position could be open to those who commit to earning a four-year business degree.

The reason for the diversity in jobs is because of the foundational business skills taught students. The same business theories and strategies can be applied to every sort of business, from the family-run restaurant to the global technology corporation.

This is particularly true of leadership. Those who know the latest best practices in management and theories for business success are valuable across all industries and in multitude of jobs.

The need for leadership and skilled executives continues to grow, from healthcare and education to technology and manufacturing. Those who prepare themselves by earning a degree will find they are valuable job candidates for such jobs.

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Senior Student Financial Services Specialist for Adult Professional Studies https://sdcc.edu/senior-student-financial-services-specialist-for-adult-professional-studies/ Wed, 03 Oct 2018 15:05:32 +0000 https://sdcc.edu/?p=12104 The post Senior Student Financial Services Specialist for Adult Professional Studies appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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SDC’s Purpose and Vision

San Diego Christian College (SDC), as an academic and learning community, aims to prepare academically equipped, culturally and globally involved graduates with a biblical worldview and godly character to serve God. SDC is a religious, non-profit organization (501c3) registered in the state of California. It is our mission to educate and inspire students through the truth of Scripture and the development of competencies that prepare graduates whose purpose is to impact the world.

Position Overview

The Office of Student Financial Services at SDC exists to lead and innovate by providing the highest standard of service to address and facilitate solutions for the financial needs of students. This office will provide a holistic, comprehensive solution to serve the needs of non-traditional students.

The Senior Student Financial Services (SFS) Specialist for Adult Professional Studies (APS) will establish and maintain positive relationships with an assigned group of students to provide excellent customer service regarding their financial aid package and student account.

Knows how to apply theory and put into practice with in-depth understanding of professional field. Independently performs full range of responsibilities within the function. Possesses broad job knowledge. Analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.

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Adjunct, Business (Marketing) https://sdcc.edu/adjunct-business-accounting/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:56:27 +0000 http://sdcc.edu/?p=9719 The post Adjunct, Business (Marketing) appeared first on San Diego Christian College.

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SDC’s Purpose and Vision

San Diego Christian College (SDC), as an academic and learning community, aims to prepare academically equipped, culturally and globally involved graduates with a biblical worldview and godly character to serve God. SDC is a religious, non-profit organization (501c3) registered in the state of California. It is our mission to educate and inspire students through the truth of Scripture and the development of competencies that prepare graduates whose purpose is to impact the world.

Position Overview

Adjunct faculty at SDC serve to equip students with the academic preparation and biblical worldview integration necessary to influence and impact the world for Christ. Adjuncts may teach one courses or several courses, in a variety of fields, depending on the academic and business needs of the institution.

Required practical and/or teaching experience in accounting and finance.

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