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 has organized to provide scholarships to qualified PMT's. For more information contact us via our 'contact' page.