Henry Center to Offer Nov. 9 Information Session
October 31, 2006

Session Contact:
Call (877) 840-8599
or e-mail bentley_ad@mercer.edu.
 
Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037
or (800) 837-2911

MCDONOUGH — Mercer University’s Henry County Regional Academic Center will hold a free information session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, for adults interested in earning an undergraduate or graduate degree through the Center’s evening and weekend programs. Academic advisors, professors and admissions counselors will be available to answer questions and discuss programs. 
 
Located near the Henry County Government Complex, just off Interstate 75, Mercer’s Henry County Center is designed with an evening and weekend format for adult learners who want to begin or complete a bachelor’s degree at one of the nation’s top universities. Classes are held one evening per week or on Saturday in eight-week sessions. Financial aid is available for students who attend half time or more.
 
The session will be geared toward adults who are interested in beginning college in January. The deadline for the first spring session for undergraduate studies is Dec. 8; classes begin Monday, Jan. 8. The second 8-week spring session begins in March.
 
Two of the University’s 11 schools and colleges have undergraduate degree programs at the Henry County location and accept students for the second session. Tift College of Education provides initial certification in early childhood/special education and middle grades, as well as a bachelor of science in education degree in those specialties. The College of Continuing and Professional Studies has undergraduate programs in criminal justice, human services, information systems and liberal studies, along with a degree-completion program in organization leadership.
 
Tift College of Education also offers a new bachelor of science in education in early care and education. This program, which focuses on education for children between birth and kindergarten, provides initial certification for current and prospective childcare teachers and administrators.
 
Demand for qualified early care and education professionals continues to rise and the Tift College of Education has taken the lead role in the development of the standards and curriculum for early care and learning in the state of Georgia. Mercer is the first university in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree leading to certification in birth to 5-year-old education.  Graduates of the Early Care and Education program will be qualified for administrative or teaching positions with childcare centers, Head Start programs, pre-kindergarten programs, social services agencies, and other facilities designed for the care and development of young children.
 
In addition to the undergraduate programs available at the Henry County Center, two graduate degree programs are offered through Mercer’s Stetson School of Business and Economics and Tift College of Education.
 
The School of Business’s 16-month Professional Master of Business Administration program is designed for business professionals who have at least three years of work experience. Classes meet every third weekend and offer an integrated approach to business education, with a global focus. Information will be available at the session on the January 2007 entry.
 
The College of Education has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership program that prepares teachers for leadership roles in K-12. Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2007 cohort.
 
Applications may be submitted online at www.mercerdegree.com. Official education transcripts are required for admission. For more information or to register for the information session, call (877) 840-8599 or e-mail bentley_ad@mercer.edu.
 
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; teaching hospitals in Macon and Savannah; an educational partnership with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
www.mercer.edu.
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