The Dilemma of the Mennonite PMTs
PMT means pastor, missionary, or teacher. Many of our PMT's come into their vocation without the educations necessary for those vocations. Thus, a certain phenomenon has arrived in which PMT's find themselves needing further education but being restricted by the non-lucrative nature of their job. A newly-ordained pastor will find he has a family, a job, and new responsibilities as a pastor which preclude him from being able to pay for or attend college. A teacher at a church-school cannot responsibly incur student debt. Similarly, a missionary's income is exaggerated by the very word income.
AI was built upon this very discussion. Below are some ideas that, when combined, should severely decrease the PMT's obstacles to a degree.
Lumerit (college plus) - clep tests
At $300 - $400 per credit hour, an easy three credit class is a crushing unnecessary expense. CLEP tests are the solution. In short it's a test you can take to "test out" of a class and be awarded credit for that class. These classes cost $100 +/-. By the math that's $1,000 in savings.
LUMERIT helps students coordinate CLEP tests . We at AI are not experts. Fortunately AI has volunteer Mennos with CLEP and Lumerit experience waiting to help with the initial enrollment process and answer questions you have . Contact us , tell us about your PMT status, which degree you are considering, etc. and you'll be put in touch with one of our advisers (This service is also available to non-PMT Mennonites).
Since most PMT's are already solidly entrenched in their first careers, they'll need to be able to study on a flexible schedule and at home. Online college courses are a perfect fit. (further content pending)
As PMT's face significant financial barriers to education, AI is organized to provide scholarships to qualified PMT's. (Currently, this is a 'future' endeavor.)