Partnership, renovations provide new opportunities for Huntington University’s EXCEL program

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2010-12-08
Classroom, Huntington UniversityHuntington, Ind. — Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs celebrated the grand re-opening of its Columbia City location, 220 Frontage Road, today. A partnership with Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast has provided for new equipment at the site as well as greater educational opportunities for the residents of Whitley County and the surrounding communities.

“We at Huntington University are eager to serve more communities throughout northeast Indiana. We are committed to offering students a rigorous, high-quality Christ-centered educational experience specifically designed for the needs of adult learners,” said Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University. “Now, in partnership with our friends at Ivy Tech, this educational facility will provide even greater strategic economic advantages to the entire county.”

This spring, Ivy Tech will begin offering daytime classes Monday through Friday in the newly renovated space while Huntington continues to offer its EXCEL programs in the evenings.

“The partnership with Huntington University allows Ivy Tech Community College to expand our course offerings in community locations that will serve more residents of northeast Indiana and help us further our mission of changing lives and making Indiana great,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Dr. Jerrilee Mosier.

Remodeling at the site has provided for upgraded technology as well as more comfort for students taking classes in Columbia City. Through the partnership, Ivy Tech has supplied the location with new computer and media equipment, including three SMART boards. New furniture, walls, paint and wiring were also added to the building as well as a new outdoor sign.

Since the location opened in January 2006, EXCEL has had 93 students in Columbia City, offered 261 courses and had 4,578 credit hours completed.

EXCEL offers online and evening classes tailored to the schedule of working adults. Onsite classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash, Ind. Classes last five to eight weeks and lead to an associate degree in organizational management or Christian ministry or bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, human resource management, not-for-profit leadership or nursing (RN to BSN). 
 
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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