Maritime Christian College (MCC), founded in 1960, offers 10 bachelor, master, associate and certificate programs for vocational and volunteer ministry roles.
The college is affiliated and supported by the Christian Churches, Churches of Christ, a religious movement started in the 1800s “based on a plea for unity among God’s people by restoring the essential elements of Biblical Christianity.”
The College’s mission
- Educating students in a Biblical worldview
- Equipping students to become servant-leaders
- Empowering students to make disciples
- Bachelor of Arts (Bible)
- Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth)
- Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
- Bachelor of Bible and Ministry
- Master of Arts (religion) in Pastoral Leadership
- Associate of Arts Diploma
- Ministerial Diploma
- Biblical Studies Certificate
- Ministry Certificate
About the staff
MCC employs six full-time staff who serve about 10 to 20 students. Turnover for college staff is very low, most of it stemming from retirement. “The latest hire was for a building supervisor, and he replaced a man who retired after working here for 20 years.” says Ben Foreman, President of MCC.
“Most of our instructors have previous teaching experience. We have one full-time Instructor and the rest are adjuncts. Two of our adjuncts are regular professors at UPEI.”
Most of the college staff have worked there for many years. “Being a small school, we have to wear a lot of hats,” says Ben. “Tom Marshal, our Academic Dean, takes the lead on academic issues, and we act as part of his team.”
The MCC website details the core requirements for employees: “Every director, officer and teacher must be a member of the Church of Christ (undenominational) and must believe without reservation in the full and final inspiration of the Bible to the extent that it is to them the infallible Word of God and therefore the all-sufficient rule of faith and life; in the Deity and Supreme authority of Christ; obedience to the Gospel; the edification of the Church; and the restoration of its unity on the New Testament basis.”
The base education needed for jobs like cleaning or reception at MCC is grade 12. Teaching positions and higher administration require post secondary education. There is also a vulnerable sector screening, because a youth program is hosted by the college.
Some job titles
- Academic Dean
- Building Supervisor
Job hardest to fill
Ben says the hardest position to fill is Building Supervisor. “The person who oversees the residence and the security of the building is required to live in an apartment on site. Not many applicants want to start a new job and also move into a new place.”
“Each student takes part in our Christian Services Program,” says Ben. “We find them opportunities to serve in places such as local churches or the soup kitchen. In 2018, we are looking at having our students support local elementary schools by working with the breakfast program and other roles.”
How to stand out during the hiring process
“I always appreciate a face-to-face meeting,” says Ben. “I advise our student applicants to apply online, and then go in and introduce themselves.” Ben says that someone who actually wants to meet in person and shows initiative and an interest in the organization will stand out from other applicants.
The interview is overseen by the President and the Administrative Assistant.
Ben advises people to prepare an answer about why they want to work at that organization before the interview. “I’m always interested about why they want to work with us. Are they passionate about higher education, or do they just need a job? It’s not a deal breaker either way, but I like to know personally where they are coming from. Also, I like to know if they intend to work for a short time or if are looking to stay.”
To stand out, Ben advises people to prepare for the interview, appear interested, and show some knowledge of the institution and the job they are applying for. “I’m always impressed when the person interviewed does a bit of an interview themselves, and asks us questions to find out if they are a good fit.”
New hires receive probationary reviews at six months and again at 12 months. Some new staff are mentored. For example, the outgoing building supervisor came back for a few weeks to help the new hire learn their role.
“Our long time staff stay on because we all work as a team. There is strong communication and honesty between all of the staff, and this all contributes to a friendly atmosphere that is easy to work in.”
Opportunities for advancement
There is some room for advancement. However, MCC is a small institution with few job titles. Ben took over for the last President about two years ago, after having worked in admissions since 2010.
“We have been moving towards more online and intensive programs. We are in the process of implementing our entire foundation program to be available online. Hopefully this will be complete by next year.”
For more information about Maritime Christian College, call 902-628-8887 or visit www.mccpei.com.