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South College comes west

Opportunities for adults to further their education has increased in West Knox County with the addition of several area colleges’ and a university’s satellite campuses.

The arrival of South College’s new extension center on the corner of Parkside Drive and Hayfield Road is an example of the outreach that Tennessee colleges and universities are giving to the wanting adult population of West Knoxville and Farragut.

South College is joined in this revolution of convenient education by such schools as Tusculum College and Lincoln Memorial University.

The Knoxville Regional Center of Tusculum College, which opened in 2002 on Centerpoint Boulevard at the intersection of Lovell Road and Pellissippi Parkway, caters specifically to working adults. The graduate and professional studies program has grown in its three years to include bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in education and organizational management.

“We offer an educational opportunity that fits your schedule,” said Bill Cox, director of the Knoxville Regional Center.

“So many formats don’t work for the working adults schedule. The programs we offer make that dream of a college education possible without taking away from their families and other responsibilities,” he said.

In the Tusculum format of accelerated learning, students have the chance to attend classes on Friday nights and Saturdays on a schedule designed to work with their time demands. Students immerse themselves in one subject at a time with groups of about 15 other students — providing the students the chance to support each other academically, but also, as Cox said, “to form lasting friendships in the process.”

Similar opportunities are offered at Lincoln Memorial University’s extension center located at 140 Hayfield Road.

With large, up-to-date classrooms, the center hosts a list of courses including: general education, undergraduate education and post-baccalaureate courses that lead to teacher certification eligibility, RN-BSN nursing courses, and courses that enable students to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration.

“We thought this was a great way to provide for a West Knoxville and Farragut that has grown significantly in business areas,” said Denton Loving, director of Lincoln Memorial Public Relations.

“In this way,” Dr. John Sellers, LMU associate professor, said, “both students and their employers can see the tangible results of their investment in the L-M-U M-B-A.”

The new South College site opened Monday, June 20, for operation. The new building includes features such as spacious classrooms, computer laboratories and administration offices to point students in the right direction for their future.

For more information or questions about these three learning centers, call: Lincoln Memorial, 865-693-1570; Tusculum College Knoxville Learning Center; 865-693-1177; South College, 865-251-1800.


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