Less than two years after William Woods University moved its Jefferson City campus to a new location, it is expanding again—this time in the same spot. WWU has taken over the entire building at 919 Wildwood Drive, doubling its square footage from 9,750 to 19,500.
A dedication and open house will be held Aug. 21 at the site. The Ambassadors of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. and an alumni open house and reception will be held at 4 p.m.
Dan Westhues, Central Bank senior vice president, consumer banking, will speak at 11:15 a.m. He is a 1997 graduate of WWU’s MBA program, and treasurer of the university’s Board of Trustees.
An information meeting covering all programs will be held at noon for prospective students. In addition, there will be campus location tours, refreshments, door prizes and a raffle.
William Woods transferred its Graduate & Adult Studies program to the new site in 2006 to accommodate a growing enrollment. At that time, 300 students were using the facility; that has grown to 400 today.
The site has wireless Internet accessibility for all students. In addition, there is SMART Sympodium equipment in 10 classrooms. Sympodiums are essentially presentation tools that allow facilitators and students to utilize a higher form of technology found in more progressive schools and businesses. There are also ceiling-mounted digital projectors in the five technology classrooms.
Altogether there are 18 classrooms and seven independent study group rooms. There are four offices for the site director, admissions representatives and administrative assistants. The facility is wheelchair accessible and protected by Sonitrol security system.
Established in 1870, William Woods University added evening adult programs in 1992, with approximately 70 students. Despite the proximity to the main campus in Fulton, campuses established in Jefferson City and Columbia thrived.
Because of the success in mid-Missouri, the program was expanded to include locations across the state in subsequent years. In the past 16 years, nearly 11,000 students have participated in WWU’s Graduate & Adult Studies programs statewide.
All of WWU’s Graduate & Adult Studies programs are offered in Jefferson City, including the ACCESS program of general education, an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, a bachelor of science in management, a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree (BSW).
Graduate business programs include a master of business administration (MBA) and MBAs with accounting, agribusiness, health management or human resources emphasis, as well as a Direct Admissions MBA for recent college graduates. Graduate education programs include a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education (EDS) in school administration and in curriculum leadership.
Due to increased enrollment and program expansion, William Woods University has taken over the entire building at 919 Wildwood Drive in Jefferson City.