Wednesday, October 30, 2013

UIS Peoria Center to offer graduate level courses

Community leaders' efforts to establish a four-year public university in Downtown Peoria are beginning to bear fruit. At least the seeds are beginning to sprout.

The University of Illinois at Springfield expects to launch graduate classes in health-care administration this summer at the school's Peoria Center, based at Illinois Central College's Perley Building in the Downtown.

UIS is also exploring offering undergraduate classes in computer science and an MBA program for teachers at the Downtown campus. Last week, UIS Peoria Center expanded its offices to take up the entire second floor of the Perley Building and added more classroom space on the third floor.

"We're expanding our programs and expanding our space," said Joyce Shotick, the new director of UIS Peoria Center.

UIS currently offers an accelerated MBA program at the Peoria Center along with graduate certificate programs in human resource management, information technology project management, entrepreneurship, business intelligence and business process management.

Informational sessions on the MBA program will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and Nov. 19 at the Perley Building, 115 SW Adams.

Shotick said UIS Peoria Center could begin offering undergraduate classes in computer science by the summer of 2014. "We're trying to see what kind of demand there is," she said.

The story was featured by the Peoria Journal Star on October 30, 2013.

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