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Education center hosting open house

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Middle Tennessee Education Center will host “A Celebration of Education”, including a special preview of its expanding curriculum from 4 until 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the center, located at 200 Dover Street in Shelbyville.

Admissions counselors, administrators and educators will be on hand to explain how the center can help students chart a path to improved educational credentials and more fulfilling, higher-paying jobs.

The center is a partnership between Middle Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College with the support of Bedford County government. It is designed to make access to higher-education classes more convenient to students from Bedford, Coffee, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Rutherford and Williamson counties.

“The long-term impact of having a higher-education campus in a community is clear,” said Dr. Mike Boyle, dean of MTSU’s University College.

“However, there also is an immediate economic impact to the host city, because most of the students live in neighboring communities. As a result, students often buy gas, shop in the stores and frequent the restaurants around campus.”

Center spokeswoman Lisa D. Moore says the center will offer 21 new courses this fall, including a new emphasis in agriculture with four courses and several additional courses for the interdisciplinary studies’ elementary education major.

“We are hosting a graduate program in educational leadership,” said Moore. “Two new courses in criminal justice and social work are being test-marketed to determine the local demand for those programs. More than one-third of the courses will be taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty from MTSU.”

Among the center’s other offerings are an adult degree-completion program toward a bachelor’s degree at MTSU; a degree-advancement program to help students with an associate’s degree from Motlow pursue a bachelor’s degree at MTSU; prior learning assessment, which allows students to earn college credit for military training, previous certifications and professional development; and general education and developmental courses.

With 42,000 square feet of space in Shelbyville’s former Medical Arts Building, MTEC has room to expand its curriculum and its student population. Class start times at the center range from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to accommodate adult learners’ work schedules.

Each classroom currently in use is wi-fi ready for students to use laptops and other devices. One classroom has been outfitted for videoconferencing.

Door prizes and refreshments will be available at “A Celebration of Learning.” For more information, contact Moore at 685-4444 or go to wwwmteducationcenter.com.