Since 1990, Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center has looked to bring individuals closer to Christ.
TCCTC’s mission is to equip believers to do what they are called to do through biblical, cross-denominational education and training.
TCCTC currently has 412 students enrolled. It offers Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in biblical studies, and it is is accredited through the Transworld Accrediting Commission.
Throughout its 28 years, about 8,000 students have attained some form of higher biblical knowledge from TCCTC.
Though TCCTC doesn’t try to convert people to Christianity, it does try to guide individuals in their walk to righteousness. TCCTC welcomes all religions with open arms and has open discussions about beliefs within a specific religion; and whether they agree or disagree, TCCTC wants its students to feel loved and welcomed.
President and co-founder, Jo Anne Arnett, is proud of the culture she’s built at TCCTC.
“The overall transition to Christianity will be smooth and it’s happened many times,” Arnett said, “not only to the searching soul, but to the curious person who just wants to know what the scripture says. Atheists are welcomed, people from all kinds of backgrounds are welcomed and they will be loved here; they will never be pushed.”
Arnett says anybody can ask any question at TCCTC.
“If there are major differences in various Christian groups, and there are really only four: When and how to do baptism, should there be women in ministry, the gifts of the holy spirit, are they here for today or not and Calvinism vs. Arminianism,” Arnett said. “When we run into those differences, the professor will read the specific scripture, explain his interpretation, then give equal time to other major interpretations and leave the student with it. A person is never pushed.”
Administrative assistant Linda Strickland also gave her account on TCCTC’s mission.
“The overall message of this place is come, everybody is welcomed,” Strickland said. ”To be honest, we try not to shove Christianity down a person’s throat. We want them to discover that for themselves. We see ourselves more as coaches in that area.”
TCCTC encourages people from all walks of life to join their institution. The fact that somebody isn’t a Baptist, or is a Catholic doesn’t deter the school’s view on the individual, she added.
“The faculty that we have here are from all walks of life, all denominations. The beautiful thing about that is that they come here, they teach and they impart,” Strickland said. “We don’t teach one denominational way, we teach as the body of Christ.”
TCCTC is devoted to maintaining a loving Christian environment where every student is valued, edified and strengthened in their faith, she added.
Library coordinator Sue Isaac approved of this notion.
“We’re very diverse in who we accept as students. We feel as if we need someone from every corner of life to successfully guide and coach our students,” Isaac said. “We want them to see we’re true followers of Christ, and that the walk with him isn’t easy, but worth it.”
Strickland says that diversity between religions was actually one of the foundational ideas in creating TCCTC.
“The word of God is the foundation of this place and teaching directly from the word of God is what we’re completely about,” said Strickland
TCCTC doesn’t offer summer classes. Instead it holds seminars and events on weekends.
TCCTC is committed to praying daily with and for one another. According to its mission statement, TCCTC believes prayer is necessary in every aspect of life, whether your life is on track, or slowly reaching the point where you want it to be, prayer is always welcomed and encouraged at TCCTC.
Acquiring a degree isn’t a huge deal at TCCTC. Some students enroll simply to further their knowledge of the Bible and others enroll because their Sunday school teachers and want more understanding of the message they’re wishing to convey.
TCC is located at 1717 Hermitage Boulevard Suite 102. For more information, visit www.TCCTC.org
Celebrating TCCTC’s 2018 grads
On Aug. 4 , Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center held a celebratory Commencement Ceremony for their graduates at their campus on Hermitage Blvd. Before an audience of family and friends, seven graduates were conferred their degrees: Brian Smith Bailey, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; Clayton J. Clark II, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; Gary F. Griffin, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; Barbara E. Groves, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; Hantz C. Hercule, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; Alrena V. Lightbourn, Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; and Curtis Jeffery Tygres, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies.
“At TCCTC we provide our students the opportunity for higher education and for personal growth. We believe that learning occurs at a much deeper level when it takes place in both mind and spirit,” said Jo Anne Arnett, TCCTC President and Co-Founder. “Our graduates leave as leaders who are now better equipped to serve their families, workplaces, congregations, and communities.”
TCCTC’s upcoming Fall Semester will kick-off with Open House and Student Orientation on Aug. 21st at 1717 Hermitage Blvd Suite 102. Open House is from 5-6 p.m., Orientation: 6-7 p.m. The community is invited.
For more information visit www.TCCTC.org or call 850-513-1000.