“Start Here, Go Everywhere” is more than just a tagline for Hesston College. Students scatter across the globe after two years at Hesston.


“Start Here, Go Everywhere” is more than just a tagline for Hesston College.
Students scatter across the globe after two years at Hesston. Some accept service assignments while others begin careers with their associate degree in nursing, business, early childhood education, pastoral ministries, aviation and air traffic control.
However, the majority of students transfer to another schools to finish their education and secure a four-year degree.
For 2011 graduates Chelsey Alden, Santa Fe (N.M.) University of Art and Design; Jenny Carter, University of Missouri – Kansas City; Jennifer Kaberline, Central Christian College (McPherson); David Tedone, Bethel College (North Newton); and Ryan Wengerd, Goshen (Ind.) College, transferring from Hesston College was a smooth and stress-free experience.
Transferring credit hours, finding a niche and rebuilding a social life at a new place ranked among the students’ top concerns as they thought about the transfer process, but their fears were quickly put to rest.
Hesston administrators and academic advisers make a concerted effort to prepare students with credits that transfer smoothly. Articulation agreements are in place with 11 colleges and universities across the country, including the four other institutions that fall under the Mennonite Church USA umbrella, six local Kansas private institutions and one in Pennsylvania, to make a seamless transition for students.
“We have found most four-year colleges and universities to be very helpful when we inquire with our specific course selection questions,” said Deb Roth, who works with Student Success and coordinates the advising program. “It is helpful to know of a student’s transfer plans as early as possible so advisers can help them make the right choices in terms of general education courses, as well as courses specific to their major. Advisers also remind students to contact us when and if a certain course does not seem to transfer easily so the registrar may intervene if necessary.”
For Tedone and Wengerd, articulation agreements between Hesston and their new schools meant all their course credits would transfer with no problem. All of Alden’s, Carter’s and Kaberline’s credits transferred with minimal discrepancies as well.
“One of the reasons I chose Bethel was because all of my credits would transfer,” Tedone said.