At the end of the fall semester, CBC made the decision to put the Spanish minor on hold, so students are no longer allowed to declare Spanish as a minor. Gary McAllister, vice president for academic affairs, said that the school is working to provide a way for current Spanish minors to finish out the degree, whether that is a class substitution or an independent study.
“We felt like the quality of learning and instruction was not what we wanted it to be,” said McAllister. “So, we decided that we would pause enrollment in the minor and take a look at that and determine what the best course of action would be going forward.”
Dusty Bender, co-chair of the literature and language arts department, said that the school is searching for a new Spanish professor so that the minor can be restored.
“We are thinking about our alternatives,” McAllister said. “We’re thinking it would be good to hire another full-time faculty member in that department.” Both McAllister and Bender said that hiring someone that could fill the position that previous Spanish professor, Michelle Ray, had left.
Junior Karlee Pense is a Spanish minor, and she says she has two or three classes left before completing the minor.
Pense has been involved with several summer mission trips to Guatemala and she said that God has called her to become a missionary to the Latin countries, most specifically to Guatemala.
“Ultimately, I feel [the Spanish minor is] where God is calling me. And part of my testimony is I thought I was going to be a nursing major [at the University of Central Arkansas] and I thought that was going to be my life,” Pense said. “On my first mission trip, God turned my world upside down.” She then switched colleges to attend CBC and moved to a major in missions, with a minor in Spanish.
McAllister emphasized the importance of the Spanish minor and the value that it has to the college, and departments such as Bible and missions.
“In the world that we live in, the people who live in this state, who live in this city, speak different languages,” McAllister said. “They don’t all speak English … even on this campus, we have students who speak Portuguese and Spanish and other languages.”
The college has numerous students from Latin countries such as Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
“They are not going to drop [the Spanish minor,] they don’t want to cancel this, and I’m very appreciative of that because Spanish is very important; not only to me but to the college as well,” Pense said.