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Why Bible college? We believe that time invested in establishing your own relationship with Jesus Christ is crucial for living life well. A life lived following Jesus Christ has lasting meaning and impact. The challenge of course is developing an authentic relationship with Him. At PRBI, we focus on disciple-making, where a faculty or staff member, or upperclassman disciples you in your journey with Jesus Christ. As we get to know Jesus, our character grows to be like His and we take on His heart of service. We believe a solid understanding of God’s Word, the Bible, has the answers to life and equips us to know God, walk in His truth, and serve others in grace and truth. We focus on helping you develop a biblical worldview that answers your questions and the questions of others around you. Last, we believe a life of service reflects Jesus’ character and is an expression of our love for Him. At PRBI, we provide opportunities for you to explore your gifting and find your place in Jesus Christ’s kingdom here on earth, wherever you live and serve. As a Bible College for Life, we seek to help you lay a foundation for living your life well and for helping you bring Jesus into your world. Come journey with us in learning how to live life well with Jesus.

Waldie Neufeld, Ph.D. President

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PRBI is committed to helping you establish a faith foundation for living life well.


DISCIPLE-MAKING VISION To train believers to become disciple-makers who know God, model His character, and are able to build into others the life-changing principles of God’s Word. Our dream at PRBI is to see every believer in Canada become a disciple-maker who impacts their world for Jesus Christ! Disciple-making at PRBI is not just a course or program that you take, it is a way of life. Our vision of making disciples is incorporated into every aspect of the college. We are committed to walking with you as you attend classes, go to chapel, live in the dorm, participate in a care group, are involved in intentional mentoring relationships, eat in the dining hall, and participate in ministry, both on and off campus. Discipleship is a relationship where a spiritually minded person uses the Word of God to teach, reprove, correct, and train (2 Tm 3:16-17) a learner in Christ how to live a God-centred life in faith, wisdom, and love.

PRBI is committed to training believers to become disciple-makers who impact their world for Christ.

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ACADEMICS Just as Jesus had the disciples carve out three years of their lives, we also believe the process of becoming a disciple-maker takes time. Academics at PRBI are designed to help you establish your relationship with Jesus Christ, understand what it means to become a follower of Him, and learn how to take others through the same process. Come get to know the personal God of the Bible through high-quality, college level courses where you are encouraged to ask questions about faith and life. You will be challenged to take biblical principles beyond the classroom, transforming the way you view life, interact in relationships, and fit into the greater picture of our world. Our faculty to student ratio allows our professors to engage in your spiritual growth beyond the classroom. They don’t just see themselves as instructors, but as your mentors. Visit www.prbi.edu/AcademicProgram for the most current academic information.

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PRBI is committed to teaching the Word of God through strong, biblical academics.


REACH CERTIFICATE WITH MISSION TRIP (1 year) Want to REACH out and live your faith in different cultures? Expand your understanding of the impact Jesus is having around the world? REACH out to those around you, all while deepening your faith? After graduation, REACH students will embark on a 1-month mission experience to places like India, Africa, and the Middle East. The REACH Certificate is designed to lead you into a deeper faith through study as well as practical hands-on experience. Following successful completion of REACH you can seamlessly continue into any of the other two, three, or four year programs. Visit www.prbi.edu/CourseDescriptions for course descriptions. Bible and Theology (14 credits): - Acts - Bible Study Foundations - Foundations of the Christian Faith - Life of Christ - Old Testament I Undesignated Electives (5 credits)

Applied Studies (8 credits): - Christian Life Development - Research and Writing - REACH Mission Experience - Field Education (1 credit) General Studies (3 credits): - The Church and the Arts

PRBI helps students live out their faith around the world.

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FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES (1 year) There is a long tradition among Canadian Christians of taking a year of Bible school before heading off to secular employment or university training. This year is a time of personal and spiritual development and lasting friendships. The Foundations of Christian Studies certificate (30 credits) is designed to give you a foundation of biblical understanding and ministry skills. It gives you an introduction to academics, discipleship, and helps ignite a passion for seeing God’s kingdom advance here on earth. Visit www.prbi.edu/CourseDescriptions for course descriptions. Bible and Theology (14 credits): - Acts - Bible Study Foundations - Foundations of the Christian Faith - Life of Christ - Old Testament I Undesignated Electives (5 credits)

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Applied Studies (8 credits): - Christian Life Development - Evangelism - Research and Writing - Field Education (1 credit) General Studies (3 credits): - The Church and the Arts

PRBI helps students build a strong foundation for their life.


ASSOCIATE OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES (ACS - 2 years) Our two-year diploma (66 credits) is designed to enhance your basic understanding of the Bible and basic skills of ministry. It will benefit those interested in lay ministry in the Church as well as those who will be going on to further education. It may provide the basic training for some vocational ministries. Visit www.prbi.edu/CourseDescriptions for course descriptions. Bible and Theology (25 credits): - Acts - Bible Study Foundations - Christian Apologetics - Foundations of the Christian Faith - Hermeneutics - Life of Christ - Old Testament I - Electives (5 credits) Undesignated Electives (13 credits)

Applied Studies (19 credits): - Christian Life Development - Christian Life Management - The Disciple-Making Process - Evangelism - Introduction to Teaching - Research and Writing - Field Education (3 credits) General Studies (9 credits): - The Church and the Arts - People Helping - Public Speaking

PRBI values helping you establish a biblical worldview.

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BACHELOR OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (BBS - 3 years) The Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree is a three-year program (102 credits) designed to deepen your understanding of the Bible and equip you with practical skills for service in a variety of ministry contexts. In addition, the BBS provides an excellent foundation for pursuing further education and vocations. This program provides increased opportunities for discipleship and leadership training. Visit www.prbi.edu/CourseDescriptions for course descriptions. Bible and Theology (41 credits): - Acts - Bible Study Foundations - Christian Apologetics - Foundations of the Christian Faith - Hermeneutics - Life of Christ - Man/Sin/Christ/Salvation - New Testament World - Old Testament I - Revelation/God/Holy Spirit Two of the following three courses: - Old Testament II - Old Testament III - Old Testament IV One of the following two courses: - General Epistles - Pauline Writings Electives (3 credits) Undesignated Electives (15 credits)

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Applied Studies (31 credits): - Christian Life Development - Christian Life Management - The Disciple-Making Process - Evangelism - Expository Preaching - Foundations of Leadership - Introduction to Teaching - Research and Writing - Field Education (6 credits) - Electives (6 credits) General Studies (15 credits): - The Church and the Arts - People Helping Two of the following five courses: - Church History - Literature Appreciation - Philosophy - Psychology - Sociology

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BACHELOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (BRE - 4 years) Our four-year degree (134 credits) is designed to prepare you for vocational ministry. As a BRE student you will major in Bible and one of the following: Ministry Studies (pg 16), Pastoral Ministries (pg 17), Worship Ministries (pg 20), or Global Ministries (pg 21). This program also provides opportunity for more advanced and hands-on discipleship, leadership, and ministry training. Visit www.prbi.edu/CourseDescriptions for course descriptions. The following courses are applicable to all majors: Bible and Theology (54 credits): - Acts - Advanced Exegesis - Bible Study Foundations - Christian Apologetics - Church/Future Events - Ethics - Foundations of the Christian Faith - Hermeneutics - Life of Christ - Man/Sin/Christ/Salvation - New Testament World - Old Testament I - Revelation/God/Holy Spirit Two of the following three courses: - Old Testament II - Old Testament III - Old Testament IV One of the following two courses: - General Epistles - Pauline Writings - Electives (7 credits) Undesignated Electives (5 credits)

Applied Studies (57 credits): - Christian Life Development - Christian Life Management - The Disciple-Making Process - Evangelism - Foundations of Leadership - Introduction to Teaching - Research and Writing - World Missions - Field Education (6 credits) - Electives (3 credits) - 26 credits towards Major (see Major pages) General Studies (18 credits): - The Church and the Arts - Church History - People Helping - Public Speaking Two of the following four courses: - Literature Appreciation - Philosophy - Psychology - Sociology

At PRBI, you are taught to know God, not just know about Him.

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GLOBAL MINISTRIES MAJOR (BRE) This four-year program allows you to major in Bible and Global Ministries. This major is designed to prepare you to live and work in a cross-cultural setting. Global ministry requires a new generation of Christian communicators who are committed to the task of evangelism and service, and who have specialized skills in such areas as building relationships, cultural understanding, and the priority of national church leadership. PROGRAM SPECIFIC COURSES - Church Discipleship Strategies - Contemporary Issues in Missions* - Cross-Cultural Communication - Educational Principles and Practice - Expository Preaching - Global Ministries Internship - History of Missions - Kingdom Service - Specialized Studies in Global Ministries *Contemporary Issues in Missions addresses the unique challenges and opportunities facing the Christian missionary of the twenty-first century. Biblical and current missiological thinking is applied to understand such issues as the cultural shift from modernism to postmodernism, the rise of mission centres in the majority world, the discipleship mandate in a church that has only been trained to evangelize, ministry in creative access countries, and the development of partnerships for the work of the harvest.

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MINISTRY STUDIES MAJOR (BRE) This four-year program allows you to major in Bible and Ministry Studies. This major is designed to prepare you for a variety of church, para-church, and community ministries. It is a flexible program which allows you the freedom to choose courses within your specific areas of ministry interest while still providing a solid foundation of widely transferable skills and principles for both ministry and further education. PROGRAM SPECIFIC COURSES - Church Discipleship Strategies* - Educational Principles and Practice - Expository Preaching - Kingdom Service - Ministry Studies Internship Approved Ministry Studies: You will choose four additional courses according to your interests as approved ministry studies. Your selection will require department approval, but most courses will qualify. Students who have taken two firefighting courses as undesignated electives with the Ministry Studies major may *Church Discipleship Strategies explores how churches actually engage in discipleship. In this course, you will explore, evaluate and envision what biblically informed discipleship might look like in a local congregational setting. We will discuss both strategies employed and challenges faced by local churches in doing discipleship. This course is valuable both to students who may serve in church leadership and students who will participate in church life as active laypeople.

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PASTORAL MINISTRIES MAJOR (BRE) This four-year program allows you to major in Bible and Pastoral Ministry. It is designed to prepare you for direct entry into ministry and is also a great preparation for seminary training. In addition you will gain practical ministry experience through a supervised internship in a local church. PROGRAM SPECIFIC COURSES - Church Discipleship Strategies - Educational Principles and Practice - Expository Preaching - Greek Grammar I & II - Kingdom Service - Pastoral Ministry - Pastoral Ministries Internship - Specialized Studies in Pastoral Ministry* *Specialized Studies in Pastoral Ministry will equip you for pastoral ministry in an evangelical church. Emphasis will be given to developing the skills for immediate engagement in ministry and constructing a philosophy of grace so you can show grace to yourself and your congregants. In addition to topics chosen by the instructor, you will be granted time to specialize in an area of pastoral ministry that you wish to develop.

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WORSHIP MINISTRIES MAJOR (BRE) This four-year program allows you to major in Bible and Worship Ministries which will help you develop an understanding of what the Bible teaches about worship and will grow your leadership skills in the corporate worship field. This program also provides a strong foundation if you wish to pursue further education. PROGRAM SPECIFIC COURSES - Applied Music/Practicums - Church Discipleship Strategies - Contemporary Music Theory* - Corporate Worship - Educational Principles and Practice - Expository Preaching - Kingdom Service - Performance Elective - Worship Ministries Internship *Contemporary Music Theory will include the fundamentals of music theory such as names of notes, rhythmic values, scales, key signatures, intervals and chords – both the basic chords and more advanced ones used in contemporary music and worship music.

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WHAT TO EXPECT: CLASSES & HOMEWORK The recommended credit load per semester is 15–18 credits, which means you will be taking five or six classes each semester. Most classes meet two or three times per week for about an hour. Expect to be engaged by professors who are passionate to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. In regards to homework, expect to have about 1.25 hours of homework per credit, per week. In each course, homework consists of assignments such as, reading, papers, creative projects, quizzes, exams, and hands-on work. It works well to think of college as a full-time job—you have about 40 hours of work each week. Homework at PRBI is graded at a college level which requires you to be diligent in your studies and manage your time well. Your professors are available throughout the day for mentoring and to help you with any questions you may have about assignments or course material.

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At PRBI, through classes and homework, you gain the tools to accurately interpret God’s Word.


BIBLE COURSES such as Acts, Life of Christ, Old Testament I, and Psalms will strengthen your understanding of

the Old and New Testament. Students who complete a Bachelor of Religious Education degree will graduate with a double major in Bible and their area of specialization and will have had the chance to study most books of the Bible. 27


DISCIPLESHIP COURSES such as Disciple-Making, Family Studies, People Helping, and Church Discipleship

Strategies will help you become a more effective disciple-maker. Some of these courses are included in the core of our programs, but where applicable, can be used as Undesignated Elective credits.

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MUSIC COURSES can be used towards your Undesignated or Applied Studies Elective credits and are a

requirement for the BRE Worship Ministries major. Courses: Class Voice, Concert Choir, Contemporary Music Theory, Contemporary Worship Leading, Corporate Worship, Guitar Class, and Private Guitar, Piano, or Voice Lessons. 29


YOUTH COURSES such as Contemporary Youth Issues, Christian Camping Ministries, and Strategies of Youth

Ministry give a good basis for effective youth discipleship in today’s culture. Youth electives can be used towards your Undesignated or Applied Studies Elective credits and are compatible with our diploma and degree programs.

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FIREFIGHTING COURSES offered locally by Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre, are available to

students who serve on the Sexsmith Volunteer Fire Department. Some 1001 Firefighter Program courses may be transferable into the BRE Ministry Studies major as electives. Requirement: Physical Demands Test. 31


CHAPEL, GLOBAL MINISTRIES CONFERENCE, AND SPIRITUAL EMPHASIS WEEK are times

set aside for you to worship with the PRBI family and are intended to deepen your walk with God. Each week there will be a Care Group, Community Life, Corporate Worship/Prayer, Discipleship, and Instruction chapel. 32


TOUR TEAMS offer you an opportunity during the year to use your gifts in music and drama at various churches,

high schools, youth groups, and camps. Our tour teams travel throughout both semesters and for a two-week tour after graduation in April. One credit per semester is earned for being on the tour team. 33


MISSION OPPORTUNITIES & COURSES are available for you to put into practice what you are learning

in the classroom in various locations and ministry settings around the globe. Mission trips, mission internships, and courses (ex. Cross-Cultural Communication) help you discern your gifts, passions, and ministry calling. 34


BRE INTERNSHIPS & PRACTICUMS usually occur between your 3rd and 4th year and are specific to your

major. This gives you the chance to put into practice what you have been studying in the classroom. All internships and practicums are overseen by your Program Chair. 35


FIELD EDUCATION provides you with a wide variety of ministry opportunities to broaden your perspective and

experience. Ministries are available in both church and community contexts and may include: youth, children, seniors, special needs, hospital visitation, prison ministry, firefighting, worship, mentoring, food bank, and summer camp.

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COLLEGE LIFE One of the practical ways discipleship is worked out at PRBI is by learning to live together in community. The majority of our students, single or married, live on campus where there are many opportunities to share in each other’s lives and belong to something bigger. Living in community at PRBI brings to light what it means to belong to the body of Christ. While it does have a way of exposing our character flaws, it is also a great place for people to care enough about you to speak truth into your life. Grace is demonstrated in a very practical manner. Learning to live in community as Christ intended results in others being encouraged, built up in their faith, and spurred on in their journey. We believe your spiritual growth and maturity will be enhanced as you choose to become part of a community that is willing to embrace the journey of following Christ together.

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PRBI believes that our character is developed best in community.


CARE GROUPS are one of the primary ways we participate in discipleship on campus. In these groups,

accountability, encouragement, and the love of Christ are demonstrated. Your care group, led by a student Care Leader, will meet weekly and be involved in activities both on and off campus. 39


DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS meet weekly to build into each other and talk about real life. Typically, upperclassmen

disciple freshmen, and PRBI staff and faculty disciple upperclassmen. All students are in a discipleship group and most of these groups are formed within the first month of school. 40


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DORM LIFE helps form lasting friendships by living together. Our gender-specific dorms are set up so you have a

roommate and a shared bathroom with those on your floor. Food is prepared for you by our excellent cooks and served in the Dining Hall where everyone eats family-style. Contact admissions@prbi.edu for special diet information. 41


PRACTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE (PWE) is a specific responsibility each student is given that contributes

toward community living and is an excellent way to learn the importance of each member doing his or her part. It also helps keep our operating costs down and your education affordable.

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP positions are open to upperclassmen with good character, competency, and conduct.

Care Leaders, Resident Leaders, Ministries and Activities Committee Members, and PWE Supervisors are selected in the second semester for the following school year. This is an excellent opportunity for you to develop as a leader. 43


PRBI’S NEW GYMNASIUM & FITNESS CENTRE is opening fall 2016 featuring a university sized hardwood

floor and professional grade equipment. We offer you highly competitive basketball, hockey, soccer, and volleyball opportunities that help you learn and grow in skill and character as you pursue athletic excellence. 44


MARRIED LIFE ON CAMPUS offers you a unique opportunity to engage in disciple-making through a care

group with other married students as well as interaction with our single students. We recognize the importance of belonging as a family, so your spouse and children are welcome to be involved in chapels and other school functions. 45


MARRIED’S ACCOMMODATIONS are some of the most desirable living spaces on campus. This newer

facility offers spacious one and two bedroom apartments that come with five appliances. The reduced rental rate makes these apartments affordable for your student budget.

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ADMISSIONS Looking through this book gives you an idea of what life at Peace River Bible Institute is like, but the best way to get to know us is to come experience PRBI for yourself. Why not come for a campus visit? During your visit, you can meet our professors, explore our facilities, participate in classes, make new friends in the dorm, worship with us in chapel, and so much more. Whether you can visit or not, we would love for you to apply and belong to our community where life-changing, lasting friendships are developed. Our students have often said that their best friends in life were made while attending PRBI. For questions concerning your application, or to schedule a campus visit, email admissions@prbi.edu or call 780-568-3962.

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PRBI is committed to developing a tight-knit community of people seeking Christ.


HOW TO APPLY Applying to PRBI requires a few simple steps. If you have any questions, please contact us at admissions@prbi.edu or 1-800-959-7724. APPLY TODAY: 1. Go to www.prbi.edu/Apply to complete our online application. This should take no more than 20 minutes. 2. Have a pastor (www.prbi.edu/PastorReference) and a Christian friend (www.prbi.edu/FriendReference) complete the online reference forms for you. 3. Arrange for your official high school transcripts and any post-secondary transcripts to be sent to PRBI. APPLICATION POLICY You must be at least 17 years of age by April 30 of the year for which you are enrolling. A provincial High School diploma or equivalent is necessary for admission to PRBI since the various courses of study are designed to meet an undergraduate college level of proficiency in academics. Visit www.prbi.edu/AdmissionsPolicy for more information about our international student policy, mature student policy, transfer student policy, and homeschool policy.

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TUITION & FEES ANNUAL COSTS Tuition and Fees1 Room and Board2 REACH program fees3 Textbooks4 Damage Deposit (Refundable) Parking (Electrical) Part-time Credit Hour Rate Private Music Lessons5 Special Diet Fee6 Sports Team Fee

$7,000.00 $4,500.00 $2,000.00 $300.00 $150.00 $100.00 $300.00 $200.00 $400.00 $300.00

FINANCIAL AID Refer-A-Friend Bursary7 $300.00 8 Campus Visit Bursary $500.00 9 Early Application Bursary $150.00 10 Summer Ministry Bursary $200.00 Scholarships/Bursaries11 & Financial Aid12 Must apply 1

We reserve the right to change these fees without prior notice (2016-2017 fees).

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We reserve the right to change these fees without prior notice (2016-2017 fees).

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REACH program is an additional $1,000.00 per semester (non-refundable) and has a $2,000.00 fundrasing commitment (total of $4,000.00)

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This is the average cost of textbooks for the Freshmen Core Courses per year.

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This fee covers twelve 30 minute lessons. Cost is $400.00 for part-time students.

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Amount may increase depending on special dietary needs.

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Receive this bursary for every friend you refer who attends. Some restrictions apply.

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Each campus visitor will receive a $500 bursary toward their tuition. Contact the Admissions Department to arrange your campus visit to qualify for this bursary.

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If accepted by March 31, this bursary will be granted to you in August. This bursary is for anyone who worked at a camp/ministry the summer before attending PRBI. Some restrictions apply.

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PRBI distributes over $35,000 in scholarships/bursaries every year. You may apply for these during both semesters.

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Financial Aid may be available to students who demonstrate financial need. Email business@prbi.edu for more information.

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CAMPUS VISITS We would like to invite you to visit our campus this year. Nothing gives you a better idea of what our college is really like than being here and experiencing it for yourself. CAMPUS VISIT BURSARY You will receive a $500 bursary toward your tuition for coming for a Campus Visit during the school year. Contact admissions@prbi.edu for more information. eVIEW eView is our annual campus visit event for anyone in grade 10 or older. It is an intentional three days of experiencing life as a college student. Stay in the dorm, eat some delicious homemade meals, attend classes, join a Care Group, and see if PRBI is for you. We would love to have you come check out PRBI for a few days! Visit www.prbi.edu/eview for more information.

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LOCATION PRBI is nestled in the heart of the picturesque Peace Country, rich in agriculture and oil. Located in Sexsmith, Alberta, PRBI is 20 kilometers north of Grande Prairie, the largest city north of the Edmonton area. On average, Grande Prairie families earn one of the highest incomes in Canada, providing many high-paying employment opportunities. SEXSMITH provides the comforting feeling of home. With the ability to explore the countryside, you will enjoy the peace that comes with being removed from the busyness of the city. Committed to creating a sense of community and promoting physical health, Sexsmith boasts a variety of amenities complete with a paved walking/biking path, outdoor rink, indoor rink, BMX and skateboard park, water park, health clinic, health food store, fitness club, tennis courts, baseball fields, three local restaurants and a Subway. Many young families call Sexsmith home. Public education is provided by Sexsmith Elementary School, St. Mary’s Catholic School, and Sexsmith Secondary School. GRANDE PRAIRIE services 250,000 people and is only a fifteen minute drive from campus, offering you the convenience of an assortment of shopping centres, restaurants and businesses, including a movie theatre, Eastlink Centre, Muskoseepi Park, and a variety of coffee shops. 55

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