The board of directors for Drumheller’s Hope College has made a decision to change the current name of the postsecondary institution.
The college was often mistakenly affiliated with religious schooling and it was easier on shoestring budgets. The society will be registering under a new name, leaving behind the bad debt associated with the college’s old name.
“We did it for a few different reasons; it’s going to help us out financially and some people were getting confused and plus we just wanted to separate ourselves,” said Dave Watson. “We want to start fresh.”
“Now it’s just time getting the I’s dotted and T’s crossed and get things done so then we can start a new college basically,” said Watson.
Watson feels the name change is long overdue with most of the board or anyone associated with it to some capacity already embracing the new name.
“Philosophically, we’ve changed for a couple of years, we’re just catching up to ourselves and it takes so long to do things. We knew this was going to happen, it was only a matter of time,” said Watson.
The next step is to switch the college over from a corporate style not-for-profit to a not-for-profit society.
“We have to become a society so we can do bingo and all these kinds of things,” said Watson.
It is confirmed that the curriculum itself will remain the same despite the upcoming transformation.
Watson urged the community to join if they were interested in furthering their education or wanting to help raise funds for the small school.