Next Level Thinking Offered For Unemployed, Career Changers

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Next Level Thinking Offered For Unemployed, Career Changers

Mon, 08/26/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Formerly known as the Marlboro College Graduate Center, Persons School is this year offering the new degree completion program as a direct way of helping displaced workers find their place in the job force. According to Admissions Director Margaret Donahue, graduates who come out of the program with a MIS degree will have the potential to cut across a broad range of professional job opportunities. Some graduates will be able to apply their skills to fields they are already working in while others could go on to help businesses to develop online strategies either as employees or consultants ­something staffers at Persons School say will be critical in the future. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Growth in the management of technology is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005.
Opportunities should increase and growth should be brisk as the economy expands and advances in
technology lead to broader applications for computers. This is mostly for people who have had technology backgrounds but are finding that they need a degree to continue on in their fields,² Donahue said. They can come here with any combination of credits or certificates and they don¹t necessarily need a technology background.² Donahue said what will make the program different is that students will learn from online classrooms entirely. It¹s a two-year program but something they can also do part time, she said. It¹s very flexible so that people can continue to work in their fields and work on their coursework at night.
There are still openings in the first-ever bachelors degree completion program of Persons School and classes start on Sept. 23. The program is fully ccredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The cost of the bachelors degree completion program is $300 per credit and financial aid is available to those who qualify. The Persons School of Marlboro College provides four year-long master's degree programs -- Systems Integration Management, Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. Housed in the Marlboro College Technology Center, Persons School also features an incubator for start-up and existing technology companies and a launch pad for alumni with viable business plans for new tech companies. The Persons School also offers a wide variety of programs to the community, including online teacher certification, corporate training, and community technology outreach programs. For more information on any of the Persons School program offerings, call Victoria Matthew, Program Coordinator: 802-451-7585 or visit www.persons.marlboro.edu.