City Vision's History with the Salvation Army

Over 25 Interns and Students with the Salvation Army
Tuition is only $595/course, $5,950/year (15% discount)

Frequently Asked Questions

What portion of your alumni work in the nonprofit or ministry sector after graduation?
Historically, 70-80% of our alumni work in the nonprofit or ministry sector after graduation. The others work in business with strong values that reflect strong social responsibility, Christian values and entrepreneurship. We have had hundreds of students that have come from over 80 Gospel rescue missions. Read Stories of City Vision Alumni. See job statistics of 200+ Alumni/ students on LinkedIn.

What graduate schools have your students been accepted into and how will City Vision's degree be received?
We have never had a student not accepted into a graduate program based on our degrees, although in some cases with state schools we have had to advocate for them. Our alumni have been accepted into the following schools: Grand Canyon University, Bay Path University, Southwest Baptist Seminary, Fuller Seminary, California University of Pennsylvania, James Madison University, Liberty University, North Park University, Southern New Hampshire University, St Mary's University of Twickenham, Trinity Bible College, Bakke Graduate School and AG Theological Seminary. We have never had a student not accepted into a graduate program based on our degrees, although in some cases with state schools we have had to advocate for them.

What is the difference between Regional and National Accreditation and how has that affected your alumni?
City Vision is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the US Department of Education and CHEA. The US Department of Education does not recognize a distinction between regional and national accreditation in its standards. We have heard from a number of our students that other schools (sadly even Christian schools) use scare tactics as a part of their sales practice to try to misrepresent the significance of the distinction between national and regional accreditation.

From a Christian Social Justice perspective, many have called the distinction between regional and national accreditation is  a cartel that is a major injustice that hurts the poor.  Having said that, there are those that still maintain this distinction, so we address their concerns in this section. This letter from Dr. Leah Matthews addresses some concerns about the quality of DEAC accreditation. Functionally our experience has been that the distinction between regional and national accreditation is primarily of importance for: 

  1. Student pursuing academic careers as many high end schools may require Ph.D.'s from regionally accredited schools. A very small percentage of jobs (mostly academic) require regional accreditation.  For example, a recent search of jobs in Boston showed 19 jobs out of 65,645 total requiring regional accreditation (of which 18 were in academic institutions).
  2. Students pursuing licensing in fields that often require a Master's degree from a regionally accredited school such as Counseling or Social Work. It is because of this reason that City Vision does not offer Master's programs in these fields. As listed above, regional Master's programs to date have always accepted our bachelor's degrees, but the decision is up to each individual school. 
  3. Students planning to complete their Bachelor's degree at other schools. Many state schools and some CCCU schools may not accept transfer credits from nationally accredited schools. It is up to each school on what transfer credits they accept. Based on this,  for students that come to City Vision that do not plan to complete either their Associate's or Bachelor's with us, but expect to complete at a state university or CCCU school, we recommend that they first check with that school on credit transferability. 

Ultimately, City Vision and national vs. regional accreditation is a question of value.  If you need the "gold plating" of regional accreditation for one of the reasons described above, then it may be worth paying 2-10 times more to get a degree with regional accreditation from another school. Because of the career choices of our students, they prefer to chose the value of City Vision rather than more expensive high-end options.

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City Vision in the News

City Vision Facts and History with the Salvation Army

Salvation Army and City Vision

TechMission and City Vision Internships have placed 18 interns with Salvation Army sites since 2008. Salvation Army sites have primarily used the partnership as a way to recruit younger, minority staff and have seen considerable success. The following are some of the outcomes of our partnerships over this period: 

  • Placements: 18 total, 9 St. Louis, 3 South End Boston, 3 Compton, 1 KC, 1 NHQ, 1 Flint
  • Average Intern Age: 29
  • Race/Ethnicity: Black: 44%, Two or More Races 33%, White 11%, Asian 11%
  • Leadership Recruitment: 56% of interns are still working at the Salvation Army (of those we were able to follow up with)

City Vision was the Education Program of AGRM from 
1998-2008 and was called Rescue College.

TechMission partners with Salvation Army on Equip for Success. Major Bill Hurula joins board and eventually becomes board president.

TechMission starts placing AmeriCorps interns with Salvation Army. TechMission takes over operation of Rescue College and renames to City Vision University.

Kim Thornton, City Vision Alumna
Served as a City Vision Intern in the Kansas City Corps in 2011 where she studied Addiction Studies. After receiving her Bachelors, she is now a Case Manager & Chaplain at the Salvation Army Bellefontain Corps.

How Our Rescue Mission Expertise Helps in ARC Training

City Vision and Salvation Army Success Story

City Vision started in 1998 as the education arm of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions to train the 50,000+ workers at member missions. Since then, we have had over 200 students at over 80 rescue missions. Since we became independent of AGRM in 2008, we significantly grown our partnership in providing education to the Salvation Army. The training we provide to rescue missions is very much in line with the values and purposes of Salvation Army ARC's and Corps. We have over 15 adjunct faculty (current or past) that have come out of rescue missions. Because of this, our training is both strongly values aligned with the Salvation Army and is very relevant to the daily tasks of staff and officers.

Practical Program Format


Tuition, Financial Aid & Discounts

Our 8-week online courses combine the benefits of on-site experience with the convenience of distance learning. Program graduates receive a Bachelor's degree (120 credits). An Associate's in Business Administration (60 credits) and a Master's in Technology & Social Entrepreneurship (36 credits) are also available.

We are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commissionwhich is recognized by the US Department of Education and CHEA. We are an Approved Provider for NAADAC, which means that our addiction courses are approved for certified addiction counselor credit in most states.

Our Students

Transfer Credit & Prior Learning

Our Evangelical Values

Our students typically want to work in the nonprofit sector, counseling, government or ministry. We are an open admissions school accepting any student with a high school diploma, GED or equivalent. Our students are 60% women, 41% people of color (29% African American, 6% Latino, 2% Native American, 1% Asian). We have students as young as 18, and some who are 60 or over, with an average age of 40. 79% of our students receive Pell grants.

We accept transfer of up to 90 credits from any accredited college. Students can use our prior learning assessment program to apply for up to 30 credits for unaccredited ministry training and experience or bring in credit by examination from ACE, CLEP, DANTES, Excelsior and NCCR. Students only need to complete their last 30 credits (out of 120 credits) with City Vision to receive a degree. 

City Vision University is an evangelical nonprofit Christian university. All our staff and faculty are required to support our statement of faith based on that of the National Association of Evangelicals. Read our President's testimony in Christianity Today.

Undergraduate tuition is $700 per course ($7000 per year full-time), and graduate tuition is $900 per course ($9000 per year). Qualifying bachelor's students may use Pell grants and Federal loans. All students may use GI Bill benefits. We provide a 15% discount to rescue missions and a 50% discount for and to ministry partners for interns, employer paid tuition, credit partnerships and program participants

About City Vision University

Business Electives

Urban Missions

Degrees and Courses

National HQ
• Major Betty Israel

Compton Corps
• Captain Martin Ross
• Lieutenant Robert Davidson
• Jenny Davidson

South End Corps
• Major Irene Norman

St. Louis Corps
• Laura Grainger
• Sara Johnson
• Captain Steve Diaz (deceased)
• Major Phil Aho

National HQ
• Candice Griffith

Compton Corps
• Sean McDonald
• Robert Williams

South End Corps
• Grant Kaidi
• Shayna Hollinquest
• Pearcy Ballah

St. Louis Corps
• Kierra Jackson
• Kristina Hunter
• Hunt Sayres
• Cheryl Punzalan
• John Stewart
• Jessica Lugo
• Michael Parisi
• Kelly Ridge
• Corey Dresser
• Kim Thorton

Western Territory HQ
• Commissioner Jim Knaggs (former territorial commander)

Southeast Michigan ARC
• Julie Aren

Baltimore ARC
• Erica Barnes
• Kevin Barnes

Pueblo Corps
• Karen Lovelady

Santa Rosa Corps
• Todd Lovelady

Salvation Army Livonia, MI
• Barbara McCauley

Salvation Army Folsom, PA
• Christine Tilley

Past City Vision Internship Supervisors

Past City Vision Interns/AmeriCorps

Past City Vision Students



The partnership between City Vision and Salvation Army was featured as a success story in the Central Territory Newsletter on Page 10, January 2012 (see below)

Major Bill Hurula
Board President, City Vision.
"City Vision understands and is living out the core values of the Salvation Army. They have served as an excellent partner not only for education, but especially for recruiting more diverse, next generation leaders into the Salvation Army."

About City Vision Internships

City Vision Internships is a Christian counterpart to AmeriCorps that provides one-year interns to ministries. Ministries pay City Vision $3,500-4,000/year to receive an intern that will work 30-40 hours/week, and interns receive free tuition in City Vision University. Ministries can also provide room, board and a stipend as desired to recruit better interns. The program was designed on the AmeriCorps model and it operated as an AmeriCorps program for 9 years.

In the past 10 years, TechMission and City Vision Internships have placed 581 full-time AmeriCorps Members & interns in over 100 ministries. Last year we had 2,755 inquiries from potential interns. We are able to receive so many inquiries because we run and other urban ministry websites that receive 1+ million visitors. We also post on many job and internship sites online. We then work with these inquiries to complete an extensive application form. Last year, we had 131 completed our full internship application process. We then forward these applicants to ministry sites to review and interview. This enabled us to place 41 interns. 

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