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Springfield College School of Human Services Wilmington Campus to Hold Grand Opening for New Facilities at Nemours Building

May 21, 2007

WILMINGTON, Del., May 21, 2007 – The Wilmington Campus of the Springfield College School of Human Services will hold a grand opening ceremony for its new facilities in the Nemours Building on Saturday, June 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. Co-chairpersons for the event are State Senator Margaret Rose Henry and George Krupanski, president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.

The school moved to the expanded new facilities at 1007 Orange St. in February 2007 after outgrowing facilities at 501 Shipley St. Since opening in 1995, the Wilmington Campus has grown from 50 to 220 students, and has more than 1,200 graduates.

The School of Human Services offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services at Springfield College’s main campus in Springfield, Mass, and in nine other locations throughout the United States, including Wilmington. The school conducts classes on weekends to accommodate students who are working adults.

According to Assistant Dean/Campus Director Cecilia Douthy Willis, Ph.D., “We’ve designed this beautiful campus to be an interactive learning community where adult learners with a wealth of work experience, and faculty members who are also practitioners in their fields, mutually stimulate intellectual curiosity and growth. The facilities, layout, atmosphere, and convenience all are conducive to optimal learning.”

The new space includes expanded classrooms, a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, and an academic success center where students may access tutoring help, work on group projects, and complete research. There also are conference rooms and a student lounge.

“Classrooms are large, light-filled spaces where students and faculty members may learn through discussions in full view of each other. The student lounge in warm colors has seating and tables, and is an inviting area where learning continues through conversations. Face-to-face interaction is a wonderful advantage,” Willis added.

At the Wilmington Campus, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to pursue concentrations in early childhood education, criminal justice, addictions studies, or youth leadership development. Concentrations available to master’s degree candidates are in mental health counseling or organizational management and leadership.

Undergraduate students usually complete their degrees in 16 to 24 months. The school offers credit for courses successfully completed at other accredited institutions of higher learning. It also offers a process for obtaining undergraduate credit for work experience that is equivalent to college courses.

Undergraduate students attend accelerated and intense classes two weekends per month, and complete assignments in the interim. Graduate students in the mental health counseling concentration also attend classes two weekends per month. Other graduate students attend classes one weekend per month.

The Wilmington Campus attracts students from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. “It’s a wonderfully accessible campus, close to public transportation and the city garage, four blocks from I-95, and a brisk walk from Amtrak, Willis added. “It exudes energy and can accommodate our anticipated continual growth. I am proud to be a part of this educational experience, and I love it,” she added.



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