Urbana University to offer Adult Programs at Springfield Masonic Community

URBANA, Ohio (December 21, 2011) - Urbana University has entered into a unique partner with the Springfield Mason Community (SMC) to bring expanded educational opportunities to the Clark County area. In a new, five-classroom center in Hillman Manor, Urbana University will offer a bachelor degree completion program in three majors, and certificate programs for the active caregiver. The public is invited to visit the new site and to learn about the unique educational offerings at the grand opening ribbon cutting on Wednesday, January 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Stephen B. Jones, president of Urbana University says, “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the Springfield Masonic community, continuing our long-term education engagement with the residents in Springfield/Clark County and beyond.  The SMC/Urbana University education center and the programs offered meet the needs not otherwise provided for in the area. The combination of brand new facilities and the incredible ease of access to the site will conveniently serve the adult students who seek our high-demand bachelors and masters programs.”

With the agreement, SMC becomes one of the first adult living centers in Ohio to host a full college degree program on-site, and Urbana University becomes one of the first universities to sponsor an off-site full degree program in an adult living facility. “The Springfield Masonic Community site is wonderful; Urbana University students will thoroughly enjoy the learning environment. I am convinced that the location will result in greater educational opportunities for individuals in Clark County and the surrounding counties who are looking for a personalized education,” states Dr. Kirk Peterson, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Urbana University’s fast track, one night a week for eight weeks format, allows students flexibility scheduling classes around work and family obligations. Classes for majors in human service leadership, criminal justice leadership, and business management begin on Monday, January 9.

The Center for Leadership Excellence will also be located at this site. Terry Pope, director of the Center is excited to have this new home in Springfield, “Over the past year, we have provided our leadership development and training programs primarily in the Dayton area, and now with the addition of the new UU Education Center on the Springfield Masonic Community campus, we will have the space necessary to bring our activities and training sessions to this area.” The Center for Leadership Excellence will kick off the 2012 Conference Series with a free 1.0 contact hour class on “Managing the Constancy of Change” for nurses and social workers at this new site on Thursday, January 5, at 7:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Center for Leadership Excellence call 937-484-1239.

Dr. Judith Wherry is the director for Adult and Continuing Education at Urbana University. For more information or to register for classes, her contact number is 937-652-6726.

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