Yellowstone Christian College kicks off first semester with new name

2013-08-28T20:38:00Z 2013-08-29T00:11:33Z Yellowstone Christian College kicks off first semester with new nameBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Leaders of Yellowstone Christian College officially unveiled the school’s new name Wednesday

in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Billings Chamber of Commerce.

Montana State Rep. Tom Berry, a student at the college, was among the speakers at the event, which started at 11 a.m. and included a luncheon and tour of the campus.

The college, previously called the Yellowstone Baptist College, is at 1515 Shiloh Road.

Bruce Cannon, president of the college, has said that the name change is intended to attract a wider range of students, and that people often incorrectly think they have to be Baptist or going into the ministry to attend the 39-year-old school.

Yellowstone Christian College is offering five new associate degrees this fall, including two nontheological degrees.

Cannon and Max Soft, the college’s director of enrollment, expected about 80 students, many of them nontraditional, to fill in the school’s classrooms this fall.

The college has 26 dorm rooms for men and another 26 for women, but only about 25 percent of students live on campus.

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