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Central Christian College Approved for On-Line Testing Site by The Institutes

13-Jan-2016

Central Christian College Approved for On-Line Testing Site by The Institutes

McPherson, KS – January 15, 2016 – Central Christian College of Kansas (www.centralchristian.edu) announced today that The Institutes of Malvern, Pennsylvania, the leading professional development source for the U.S. insurance industry, has approved the College to serve as an official onsite testing center for The Institutes as of January 1, 2016.

This follows the launching of the first Risk Management Insurance major at Central Christian College, the first of its kind in the state of Kansas. This fall, six new students declared Risk Management as their intended major, commencing the first class of students.  Furthermore, 22 students are enrolled in the introductory insurance course, which will be offered this coming spring at Central Christian College.

This program began as a response to local, state and national demand for qualified insurance professionals.  Farmers Alliance Companies (www.fami.com) contacted Dr. David Ferrell, Business Department Chair, several years ago about the possibility of offering courses on campus to fulfill an employment gap due to large numbers of Farmers Alliance employees scheduled to retire over the next five to ten years.  This eventually led to a full major in Risk Management and Insurance patterned after leading universities in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 290,000 positions nationally in all areas of insurance by 2022. 

Farmers Alliance provides the professionals to teach the insurance courses.  Currently, Farmers Alliance employs six recent graduates of Central Christian College.  Ken Selzer, the Kansas Insurance Commissioner, is fully behind this program.

The first three insurance courses, along with an ethics component, leads to a professional designation, the Associate of General Insurance (AINS), recognized throughout the insurance industry. The successful completion of the appropriate onsite exams qualifies the student to receive the designation and gives the recipient an advantage in the insurance employment market.

As Dr. David Ferrell stated, “being approved as a national testing center for the Institutes represents another way Central is catering to the needs of our students.  The location, adjacent to campus at the Kansas Certification Training Center, makes it very convenient for the students to sit for their exams, for a nominal fee, as they are ready.  This eventually leads to the student receiving the coveted AINS professional designation.”

These same courses are offered to the public.  Courses are taught by seasoned professionals from Farmers Alliance. The next course is AINS 21, Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance starting Monday, February 1 at 7:30 a.m. meeting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through early May.  This course, combined with AINS 22 (Personal Insurance) and AINS 23 (Commercial Insurance) will lead to the AINS.

If you are interested in creating a career in the insurance industry or you desire more details on available courses, please contact Dr. David Ferrell at 620-241-0723 Ext. 348 or email him at david.ferrell@centralchristian.edu.


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