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December 2020

Saint Joseph's College (Indiana), a Catholic college founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, pledges itself to a tradition of excellence and to a liberal education that is a united endeavor of intelligence and faith.

December Donations to the College

Thus far in December the College has received over $322,000 in donations. The College is grateful for the support from its alumni and friends. These funds will be used to support educational programs on campus.

As the College’s webpage states:

The “founding” of an institution is not a one-time event. It is a continuous founding by successive generations of “founders” guided and inspired by the institutions’ mission. Saint Joseph’s College has been on an exciting and groundbreaking journey since its founding in 1889. This journey has been met with twists and turns in the road with the College stopping “to recreate” itself at times.—all of which the College has navigated successfully…The goal is to restore Saint Joseph’s College as a viable and model Catholic liberal arts institution for the 21st century offering academic programs at the Rensselaer campus.

Alumni and friends interested in contributing to the College’s continuing growth, please contribute by sending your donation to:

Saint Joseph’s College

PO Box 300

Rensselaer, IN 47978

Interested individuals can also donate online at Contact the Business Office for gifts of stock, etc. More information on how to give can be found at


Health Sciences Program Update

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Programs

The College is currently running two Certified Clinical Medical Assistant programs. Classes are at midday with 8 students and in the evening with 7 students. Students are driving from all over to attend the accelerated CCMA program. Students driving from Lafayette to Culver, which really shows their dedication.

Students in the earlier CCMA class will take their state test in mid-January and students in the latter CCMA class will take their state test in early February at Saint Joseph’s.

The classes are over halfway completed, and class time is very busy. The students will be starting EKGs and other cardiovascular testing this week, which is a huge portion of their state exam, so the students have their game faces on.

Hali Chapman, the instructor, says “I love reaching this part of the program because you can start to see the students putting the material we have been studying to use. The students begin to show confidence when they can associate the material we have been studying with the professional lab equipment in class and actually perform the tests themselves. It is very rewarding to be able to see them all blossom into Certified Clinical Medical Assistants in front of my very eyes!”

The College has conducted 2 CCMA instructor interviews and is looking at interviewing a few more candidates this week. Additional instructors are needed so the College can post the official 2021 program start dates.

Certified Nursing Assistant Program

The College is pleased to welcome Shelby Wolber as a new CNA instructor; she has been working as a Registered Nurse with Franciscan Physician Network and has previous experience as a CNA herself. Ms. Wolber is able to work “full time” enabling the College to offer a variety of classes throughout the week.

Certified Phlebotomy Technician Program

The College has a Certified Phlebotomy Technician program with a planned start date of February 2nd. All of the Health Sciences Certification Program start dates will be posted by the end of this year. Whoever we hire for the CCMA instructor position will also be teaching the CPT program. Ms. Chapman will also be available to teach the CCMA, CPT, and CET/EKG programs.

Certified Electrocardiogram Technician Program

Enrollment for this program is significantly slower. The College is posting a CET/EKG program start date of Spring 2021. If enrollment picks up, classes may begin earlier.

CPR BLS/AED Training

For 2021, pending COVID, the CNA, CCMA, and CPT students will have to attend clinical externships to complete their programs. In order for students to go to clinical sites for their externships, they must be CPR certified.


A Christmas Wish

Christmas is a very special time of year. It is filled with a spirit like none other. Germane to this spirit is a special silence. It is a quiet that permeates our very being. Listen, and you will hear nothing. Listen and be filled with the Spirit. The Board of Trustees and the College’s staff wish you and yours a blessed Christmas and may 2021 be all you wish it to be.


Contact Us

Saint Joseph’s College PO Box 300 Rensselaer, IN 47978

Phone: 219-866-6000 ext 2014

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