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S.C. to Dedicate New Charleston Campus

November 6, 2003

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 6, 2003 -- Richard B. Flynn, president of Springfield College where the game of basketball was invented in 1891, will lead a ribbon cutting at the new Charleston Campus of the college’s School of Human Services on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at 4:30 p.m., at 7410 Northside Drive, North Charleston.

Also speaking at the dedication of the new campus will be Mechele English, executive director of Trident Urban League, which is an institutional partner of the Charleston Campus; Samuel Hart, mayor pro-tempore of North Charleston; and Jacquie Kennedy, executive director of the Charleston Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Family and of the Tri-County Promise Alliance. Other Springfield College speakers will be Teresa Rhodes, assistant dean of the Charleston Campus; Robert J. Willey, Jr., dean of the School of Human Services; and Jean Wyld, vice president for academic affairs

The Charleston Campus is the newest of 10 Springfield College campuses around the country dedicated to educating human services professionals. It offers the only bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services in South Carolina. The new campus opened with 27 students in September 2003, and additional students are enrolling for semesters to begin in January and May 2004.

The Springfield College School of Human Services has formed agreements with Midlands and Trident Technical colleges, and will help to transition graduates of South Carolina technical colleges with associate’s degrees in human services into its baccalaureate program.

With an educational program designed for working adults, the School of Human Services structures classes two weekends a month for bachelor’s degree candidates and one weekend a month at the master’s level. The curriculum focuses on building the leadership skills of human services professionals while they are serving their communities.

According to Robert J. Willey, Jr., dean of the School of Human Services, “South Carolina has a vital resource in human services practitioners who are strongly committed to community development. We are actively working to be a resource to them through educational programs that prepare tomorrow’s leaders in this field. We want to become their partner in actively addressing community needs.”

A hallmark of the SHS education is that students identify a community need and design and implement a program to address it, Willey said. Such projects are usually done in partnership with community organizations. The school has begun to lay a foundation for community service in the Charleston area by joining such organizations as the Steering Committee of the Carolina Crescent Coalition, Center for Women, Chamber of Commerce, and LEARN. Willey said that the school plans to become involved with more community groups.

The school offers concentrations in criminal justice and early childhood development for undergraduates, as well as concentrations in organizational management and leadership and community counseling psychology for graduate students. In early 2004, it will begin offering an executive master’s degree program to allow human services executives from throughout the United States to study together in a cohort towards their master’s degrees in human services.

Most students complete their degrees in 16 to 24 months. The school accepts transfer credits from other accredited institutions of higher learning. There is also a process for undergraduate students to claim academic credits for college-level learning gained through life and work experience. The school follows standards of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in awarding course credit for prior learning.

Willey said that Springfield College chose the North Charleston site for its newest campus, adjacent to Interstate 26, for its statewide accessibility and high quality facilities. The college’s space in the building, with a central solarium, includes four classrooms, a video conferencing center, a fully equipped computer laboratory, and an academic success center for tutoring, library support and other services. There is ample free parking.

Other SHS campuses are located in Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; St. Johnsbury, Vermont; Tampa, Florida; and Wilmington, Delaware, in addition to the main campus in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Springfield College was founded in 1885 to train YMCA directors and, since then, has broadened its programs and developed an international reputation as a pioneer in physical education, the allied health sciences, and human services. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Charleston Campus is licensed by the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education.

At its main campus, Springfield College offers bachelor’s degree programs in 50 majors, master’s degree programs in 14 concentrations and a doctoral program in physical education. There are more than 5,000 students at its main campus and satellites, and 34,000 alumni in 60 nations. Academics and student life are characterized by the college’s humanics philosophy that emphasizes educating the whole person, consisting of spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to others.

Information on the Springfield College School of Human Services is available in Charleston by calling (843) 569-7003.

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