Waxahachie, Texas — January 30, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Distance Education student Clarissa Urbina attends college at the same time as her sons, Joey and Seth.
SAGU’s distance education program allows people from all over the globe to take courses that are offered on campus and earn a degree. Mrs. Urbina is a full-time sixth grade teacher at The Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter School (ASTEC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, yet she is still able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in church ministries. Her sons Joey, a senior English major, and Seth, a junior church ministries major, live on the SAGU campus.
“At first, we thought it was a little weird going to SAGU at the same time as our mom,” Seth and Joey agreed.
Joey continued, “She already has a degree in medicine from the National University of Mexico, so we didn't really know why she wanted to go back to school. Now that she’s a student, she knows some of our professors. The professors have gotten to know our family, so we have extra networking."
Mrs. Urbina started SAGU's online program in 2012. "I went back to school because I cannot use my current degree in the US," she said.
"My husband and I pastor an inner city Spanish AG church in Oklahoma City, and I am the children's pastor and women's ministry leader. I wanted to learn more to become a better ministry leader for my congregation, so I started the distance education program from SAGU."
As a busy mom, teacher, and pastor, Mrs. Urbina enjoys the freedom that distance education gives her. “I love that I can do the work on my own time. I may be off campus, but whenever I have a question, the professors respond quickly. Even though I’ve never met my instructors in person, I can tell that they want to connect with me and see me succeed."
She continued, "I think the boys would have preferred for me to stay away from their territory, but I wanted to study at an Assemblies of God university since my husband is a licensed AG minister. I have been deeply involved with Bible Quiz, Junior Bible Quiz, Missionettes and Fine Arts for over a decade, so SAGU's online program was the obvious choice.”
SAGU's Distance Education program offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degrees equipped with video lectures and online chats with professors to complement course materials.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.