Posted at: 11/22/2013 5:49 PM
By: Sean Boswell
(ABC 6 News) -- A Rochester Christian college is continuing its fight to stay open. Despite losing its accreditation in the spring, Crossroads is on the road to better things, one blessing at a time.
"There was a lot of kid that just gave up, like I'm gonna go to another school," said sophomore Austin Stumvoll.
Crossroads College has lost about 30 students in the past year, which may not seem like much, but for this small Christian college that had 135 people, it is.
"It made things difficult, but winners find a way," said Stumvoll.
The school was $6 million in debt the school was in just a few years ago.
"Yes, we've lost students. Our enrollment is down this year because there was this nebulous nature about our accreditation, but now we have tracks of accreditation in place and we look for an upswing," said President Mike Kilgallin.
"It was a little nerve-wracking, just because you didn't know am I gonna have a school to come back to? Do I need to apply to other schools?" said sophomore Haley Lang.
"I went and looked at other schools, just to see what else was out there that was close by and I decided we're just gonna rough through it, if the school gets closed the school gets closed, if not, then great!" said Stumvoll.
The school has paid off more than 2 million of its debt in the past 4 years, and is accredited.
"Little over a month we raised 622 thousand... Friends of the school and some people from Rochester just stepped up and said we need this college in this town," said Kilgallin.
"A lot of people gave moral support, but a lot of people pulled out their checkbooks and started writing checks," said Stumvoll.
Stumvoll reached out to the community. He collected donations and raised awareness for what the school was going through.
"People care, they didn't even have kids going to school here, no interest in this school still being here, but they still wanted to see it be here because they knew good things were happening here, that God was moving in this area," said Stumvoll.