CLEWISTON — A brand-new institution of higher learning has come to Clewiston, courtesy of the people at New Harvest Church, a non-denominational church located just east of the Clewiston city limits.
KingsGate College at New Harvest, 370 Holiday Isle Drive, was established as an extension site of Southeastern University, which is a private, Christian liberal-arts university affiliated with the Assemblies of God and based in Lakeland.
KingsGate at New Harvest provides students — college age, adults and they also offer dual enrollment options for students in the church’s Harvest Academy Christian School, kindergarten through 12th grade — affordable two- and four-year degree programs.
The college was inaugurated in a ceremony at 10 Sunday morning, Aug. 12, in the church sanctuary.
Senior Pastor Chuck Pelham welcomed several city officials during their ceremony.
Said Pastor Pelham: “We are excited about the partnership opportunity KingsGate College has as an extension site of Southeastern University. We believe through this opportunity we can help empower people in our region and equip them through higher education to better reach their potential and achieve their dreams.”
KingsGate College will launch this fall with 22 students, four of whom are duel-enrolled high school students.
Vanessa Roque, a new student who will start this fall at KingsGate College, said, “As a busy mom of two boys, I love the flexibility that KingsGate College offers, as well as the incorporation of the spiritual aspects.”