KMBC Student Services
Kentucky Mountain Bible College wants to do our best to make the college transition as smooth as possible for students and parents, as well as provide support for current students. Because of the unique, tight knit community, KMBC is able to offer support services that better reflect individual students’ current needs, as well as build a foundation for continued success in the future.
As a college, we want our students to thrive academically as they are primarily here to learn. However, we do recognize that High School and Home School learning can also be a bit different than what is expected of college students. In order to help students better adapt to a new learning environment:
Due to smaller class sizes and most professors living on KMBC’s Campus, students are able to have more one-on-one learning opportunities and support through their time here. All KMBC professors also have office hours and are available through phone and email.
Our professors are committed to the success of our students. Those who teach and work at KMBC do not receive a traditional salary; instead they choose to invest that money back into students – which is about the equivalent of every student receiving a $10,000 scholarship.
Online Learning System
With our electronic student learning system, students can view grades, assignments, class syllabus, books, and all other materials necessary for each of their classes. They can also stay updated with events, place library books on hold, and message professors, all through the learning system. The particular system that KMBC uses is also available as a mobile app.
Every student, whether completing an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree, is assigned an Academic Advisor. Academic Advisors check up on students academically, and can help them manage the work-load, class schedule, and college requirements for their chosen major or concentration. Academic Advisors are well-versed in their chosen area or field, and are a good source of real-life advice, wisdom, and mentoring. Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor once every semester.
Academic Support Class
KMBC also has a dedicated Academic Support Class that is available for students who need additional support or help in getting back on track academically. Students who are on Academic Probation, and those admitted to KMBC under Conditional Enrollment, are often in this class. Academic Support Class helps students develop the fundamentals of organization, time management, study techniques, finding and scheduling tutoring sessions, etc.
Dedicated Study Hours
One of the most important ways that KMBC helps to support students’ academic success is through the use of campus-wide study hours. Study hours are Monday through Thursday from 7pm – 9pm. During this time a quiet atmosphere is observed, there are no scheduled activities on campus, and the Gym and Student Center are closed to non-academic use. The Gibson Library, Lela G’s Coffee shop and other areas are open for students to study together or independently.
College is a hard transition for many students. Processing such a big life change can be overwhelming, and students may experience homesickness/desire to return; feelings of depression; feelings of anxiety; etc.
At KMBC you are not alone. If any student is experiencing any of these feelings, we encourage them to reach out and seek support.
The Student Life Team is made up of the Dean of Students, the Deans of Men and Women, and the student Resident Assistants. RA’s are selected students that live and work in the dorm. There is always at least one on duty in each of the dorms. If a student is struggling, RA’s are typically the first level of support, help how they can, and connect students with mentors and counselors.
Faculty & Staff Mentors
Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you/your student make this transition and come alongside. There are a number of pastoral counselors, and selected faculty and staff mentors that are available to support students through mentoring relationships. We encourage every student to have a personal mentor.
KMBC has a licensed counselor on-campus and available at all times. Students who need extra support are encouraged to reach out (phone, email, in person) and make an appointment. Students are introduced to the Campus Counselor during Freshman Orientation. Students can also reach out to their RA, or Student Life Staff to help them set up an appointment. Students working with our Campus Counselor can expect the same level of confidentiality as in any professional counseling setting.
There are also outside counseling and social services that KMBC works with in order to provide our the best support we can.
Spiritual Growth and Development are at the heart of KMBC. KMBC strives to give students every opportunity to grow closer to Jesus, and to develop a strong spiritual foundation that will impact their walk with Christ throughout their lives and ministries. KMBC students can get the best training and teaching, but if there is not spiritual growth and transformation of the heart, then they have missed the point.
Students attend Chapel services every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Friday’s chapel is a special Missions focused chapel with speakers from different ministries from the US and around the world. Students hear first-hand testimonies about what God is doing in different parts of the world, while getting a better feel for what He may be calling them to.
Once a semester KMBC has a week of special revival services, also known as convocation. A special speaker is brought in to preach these services, and it is a beautiful time of spiritual renewal and refocus campus-wide.
Regular prayer meetings are scheduled on Sunday, Wednesday (Missions Focused), and Friday. Students and staff are encouraged to participate and be a part of lifting each others’ requests and praises to the Lord. There are also special times of prayer throughout the year, and as concerns arise.
Discipleship Groups & Mentoring Programs
Students who are involved in KMBC’s Discipleship Group & Mentoring Program receive a 17% reduction in tuition. KMBC’s heart is developing the whole student and giving them the best support and opportunities to succeed. Selected Faculty and Staff Mentors meet one-on-one with students, while Discipleship Groups (led by a Faculty or Staff member) are a small group of students.
Conferences & Summits
At least twice a year KMBC hosts conferences, or Holiness Summits, covering different topics and relevant areas related to Christianity and ministry. These Conferences are open to the public and are a wonderful opportunity to gain knowledge and new insight that students can use both now and in the future.
It’s not all study and books at KMBC – we have fun!
Welcome Week takes place the first week of each semester. The Social Committee hosts events that encourage incoming and current students to meet and get to know one another. This helps to ease the transition by opening up easy introductions, and giving students something to look forward to.
KMBC’s Social Committee, made up of KMBC Students, has the primary function of planning student events that are fun and offer students a break from busy weeks spent studying. These events are both on and off campus, and include favorites such as bowling, poetry night, ice skating, hiking, and more! Planned events usually occur 2-3 times every month.
Each incoming class has an On-Campus Faculty or Staff Sponsor that hosts Class Afterglows each month. Afterglows usually take place in the Class Sponsor’s home and include times of spiritual uplift, food, games, and class business.
Student Center & Lela G’s Coffeeshop
The Student Center has TV’s, games, ping pong, and hang out space perfect for students to take a break and kick back. Lela’s G’s is also open every night during and after study hours and offers a laid back, comfortable atmosphere for studying, meeting, and table games.
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