Our Vision

Oak Valley College aspires to follow in the tradition of selective liberal arts colleges.  As a liberal arts college we are dedicated, first and foremost, to teaching.  Our mission is to educate you to think critically, solve complex problems, write effectively, and present information with clarity and conviction.

More specifically, the College traces its distinct heritage to Berea College (www.berea.edu), and other work-colleges.  Work-colleges integrate valuable work experience and service to others with the goal to make college affordable and attainable for more students.  

Like Berea, the College’s scriptural foundation is found in the principle, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”   This shapes our culture and programs.  You work to achieve both personal and professional goals in an environment shaped by Christian values.  These values include love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice.  This environment frees you to be an active learner dedicated to a principled career and a heart for service.

Oak Valley College is a Christian college, but not a Bible college.  We weave Christian principles and teaching throughout the college curriculum, so you explore Christian values within each course.  Our goal is for you to apply a Christian worldview to solve complex problems, approach ethical dilemmas, balance work priorities, and make important decisions. 

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
— Mark 8:36

Pastor Dane Aaker speaks about the heart of Oak Valley College and the vision of its founder in one of his sermons.