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The power of a story…


Helping To Make a Difference: A Letter from the President

How many lives can you make a difference in?  There are now more screens in the world than there are people.  The younger generation watches several hours of video on their phone and laptop every day.

To make a difference and be heard, there has to be a great story that can appear on any screen in the world.  This is what Compass College has been teaching students to do for 19 years. Founded and run on Judeo-Christian principles, we teach artistic students in a hands on environment that has helped them have successful businesses and career opportunities that touch millions of lives.  

Just one example is Harold Cronk who directed Gods Not Dead, Gods Not Dead 2, Unbroken 2, and several other films that have been viewed by over 10 million people.  How many industries have a 10 million to 1 ROI (Return on impact)?

“Compass was instrumental in helping me make the transition from high school art teacher to filmmaker.  They provided production support, advice and a meeting with a Hollywood producer that changed my life forever.  This first-hand experience with Compass shows their genuine commitment to investing in the storytellers of tomorrow”-  Harold Cronk

Compass alumni are working in all parts of the media industry, not only television shows and blockbuster movies, but also on commercials for international and local companies, churches and charities.  

Your support will enable Compass to train and prepare students who can impact culture.  This year we have three specific projects we are requesting financial support for:

  • $60,000 to update cameras and lens systems so our students are working with the same technology the industry uses;
  • $100,000 for scholarships that will enable us to draw artistic students who want to make a difference using their artistic skills; and
  • $5,000,000 for a larger, customized building.  Compass’ student base has grown 500% since 2011 when we moved into the current building.  The media industry is growing 5X faster than other industries with video streaming, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, You tube and commercials.  We are in the purchase process for a new building to help us accommodate more students. This will be the biggest change in Compass’s 19 year history.

Donations can be made by check or clicking the donation button below.  If you would like to tour Compass or meet with us to learn more, please call Julie at 616-988-1000 and I would be pleased to schedule time with you.



Jay Greer



“How to make a film with integrity and how to do it with excellence, I think these qualities are not often taught, except at places like Compass College. They are doing it the right way.”

Ralph Winter
Producer: Star Trek, X-Men Trilogy, Fantastic Four

“Compass set me on a path to figure out who I am as a filmmaker and gave me the tools to go out in the real world and compete with everybody around the world.”

Jarrod Flood
Class of 2014

“It is very unique to me that the students from Compass come, not just with a desire to make films, but a desire to be where God wants them to be.”

Korey Pollard
1st Assistant Director
Nashville, House, Grey’s Anatomy