Marie Waldron, of the 75th Assembly District this week named John Paul the Great Catholic University, her July Business of the Month.
In her award Waldron wrote, “This month I would like to salute John Paul the Great Catholic University, a visionary teaching institution located in Downtown Escondido that is having a major impact on the lives of its students as well as on the surrounding community.”
To quote from the university’s website, `The curriculum rigorously prepares students to challenge a world in which there is an explosion of knowledge but not of understanding, a lack of trust and ethics in leadership and the media, a need for new enterprises that demonstrate a moral and ethical purpose, and an obligation to recognize the intrinsic value of its workers.’ With a desire to mold students into future leaders, while living up to the University motto, `Impact Culture for Christ,’ John Paul the Great Catholic University seeks to counter negative influences so prevalent in today’s culture through rigorous education, training and preparation of a core of Biblically grounded graduates who will become our future creators, innovators and entrepreneurs.”
Offering degrees in communications, media, business and theology, John Paul the Great opened in 2003 and relocated to Escondido in 2013. Under the leadership of President Derry Connolly, PhD., the university’s has awarded 180 BS degrees, 61 MBA degrees and 23 MA degrees.
The university’s continued growth has also significantly benefited the surrounding community. In fact, many students have created incubator-type companies that are taking off and doing very well. With 42 student apartments located in and near the downtown, an enrollment of 202 undergraduate and 113 graduate students, 34 faculty members and 24 staff, John Paul the Great University has provided a positive economic boost to Escondido’s historic downtown.
Waldron concluded, “Providing an enriched, spiritually informed educational experience that prepares students to succeed in a rapidly transforming, unforgiving professional world, while retaining the highest standards of business ethics, I am proud to recognize John Paul the Great Catholic University as my Business of the Month for July, 2016.