CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University, a member of the Hickory Metropolitan Higher Education Center educational consortium, will offer students in the Hickory area several degree programs beginning this fall.
An information fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the HMHEC facility in Hickory. Representatives from both institutions will be available to answer questions regarding the Capstone nursing program, bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, emergency medical care and engineering technology, and master’s degree programs in health science (with a gerontology option), entrepreneurship, project management and construction management.
“Western is pleased to provide these career-related programs to Hickory area residents,” said Pat Brown, dean of distance and continuing education at Western. “We are committed to expanding career-based educational programs that will benefit the local community.”
A series of activities at the HMHEC and in the Hickory area on the day of the information fair is designed to demonstrate the diversity of educational opportunities available to the community, Brown said.
Potential students are welcome to attend the scheduled information sessions or to drop in at any time during the day to talk to faculty members. All sessions take place at the HMHEC, with the exception of an emergency medical care presentation at Catawba Valley Community College .
The schedule includes:
· Noon Information session on the Capstone nursing program
· 1 p.m. Information session on the criminal justice program
· 2 p.m. Entrepreneurship presentation to the Hickory Chamber of Commerce
· 2 p.m. Presentation to emergency medical care students at Catawba Valley Community College
· 3 p.m. Presentation to the HMHEC advisory council
· 3 p.m. Information session on the criminal justice program
· 4 p.m. Information session on the Capstone nursing program
· 4 p.m. Demonstration of learning online
· 6 p.m. Information session on gerontology
· 6 p.m. Information session on project management
· 6 p.m. Discussion of service learning opportunities
· 6 p.m. Demonstration of learning online
During the learning online demonstration, potential students will experience a hands-on review of Western’s “University Experience” course as an online orientation to the degree programs. Western representatives will be available to answer questions regarding what it means to be an online student.
Michael Hubble, associate professor and program director of Western’s online program in emergency medical care, will speak to students at Catawba Valley Community College about the bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care.
Representatives of Western’s gerontology and nursing programs will be on hand to talk to hospital employees and other health care providers.
JoAnn and Jim Carland, professors in Western’s department of accountancy, entrepreneurship and finance and directors of the online master of entrepreneurship program, will speak to local Chamber of Commerce members.
Western’s Master of Entrepreneurship Program claimed first place this January in a nationwide competition sponsored by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
For more information on any of Western’s programs at the HMHEC, contact Ann Sperry, educational program manager at HMHEC, at (828) 324-6966 or visit http://edoutreach.wcu.edu or http://www.hmhec.org (link no longer active).