Linda Hall of Crossville was recently accepted at Tennessee Bible College in Cookeville to begin studies through its Distance Learning program.

Hall is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education.

Distance Learning is TBC's fastest-growing program and continues to draw new students seeking to take in-depth Bible courses at home at their own pace. Students from 14 states and 11 countries are enrolled, the first graduate of the program being from Zambia, Africa.

"Ideal education involves personal contact between the teacher and the student, but the ideal is not always possible," said Kerry Duke, dean of TBC. "Many have a desire for advanced Bible education, but their situation in life hinders them from attending college. Because of location and obligations to work and family, many interested people are unable to attend classes on the campus of Tennessee Bible College."

Credits earned at TBC may be transferred to other colleges and universities, including Tennessee Tech University. Financial assistance and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Tennessee Bible College, located at 1616 McCulley Road in Cookeville, was established in 1975 and is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to award the bachelor's degree in religious education, master's and doctorate degrees in theology and a two-year preaching diploma. Distance learning courses are also offered. For more information, call (931) 526-2616, e-mail or visit the Web site at