This fall, Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and its students began benefiting as the school agreed to become an Operation Us seminar provider. Operation Us is a program that focuses on educating people on how to experience the lifelong benefits of a healthy marriage and healthy relationships. Thanks to a $5.2 million government grant given to Forest Institute of Professional Psychology - headquartered in Springfield, Missouri - to fund Operation Us, participants receive invaluable education and resources at no cost. In partnership with Operation Us, CBC Counseling Center staff has undergone training to teach two relationship curriculums. The counseling staff is now offering free relationship education seminars each semester for students, whether single, engaged or married, who desire to attend the group sessions. "Providing students with a good foundation of how to interact in a healthy relationship, whether a companion or a peer, is going to serve them well in the ministry and in life," Ruth Kaunley, director of the counseling center at CBC, says. CBC offered the first "PICK (Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge) a Partner" seminar this fall. Approximately 25 students participated in the course, which met for two hours each week for five weeks. A follow-up questionnaire found the overall student response to be very positive. Kaunley reports that students have already been making inquiries about the upcoming spring sessions, when both "PICK a Partner" and "PREP" (Prevention and Relationship Education Program) will be offered. At this time, CBC's partnership with Operation Us is planned to continue for three more years. To learn more about Operation Us, visit http://www.operationus.org/. For additional information about CBC, see http://CBCag.edu/.