William Woods University plans a grand opening for its new Columbia facility Thursday, Oct. 17, in conjunction with its 10-year anniversary celebration. The open house and tours will be from 4 to 6 p.m., with ribbon cutting and remarks at 5 p.m.
The Graduate & Adult Studies (G&AS) program in Columbia was forced to move to a larger facility this summer to handle the ever-increasing demand for additional classroom space.
Columbia classes are now offered in a new 7,500-square-foot facility at 3100 Falling Leaf Court, near AC and Highway 63. The building, which is owned by Cornerstone Insurance, will accommodate more students and programs.
Two G&AS alumni who now are members of the faculty have been asked to provide a unique perspective in remarks for the grand opening.
Bud Smith, business manager/plant operations chief at Fulton State Hospital, completed both bachelor of science in management and master of business administration degrees through William Woods and now teaches in the program.
Candace Lee Abadir, who earned her master of education degree from WWU, formerly taught in Southern Boone County schools and now is an instructor and field supervisor for the University of Missouri College of Education. She also teaches for William Woods.
Other speakers confirmed for the grand opening are Terry Culver, general manager of Consolidated Energy, and Bob Scribner, president of Executive Advantage.
Since its inception in the early 90s, WWU’s Graduate & Adult Studies program has strived to meet the needs of working adults by offering progressive programs at convenient times and locations.
This year G&AS is making new programs available to residents of the Columbia area, with the introduction of specialized master of business administration (MBA) programs. In addition to the regular MBA, William Woods now offers MBAs with concentrations in accounting, health management and human resources.
In addition to the MBA, William Woods offers several other G&AS programs, including an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, ACCESS (general education), a bachelor of science in management (BSM), a bachelor of science in computer and information management (CIM) and a master of education (MED) in both administration and in curriculum/instruction.
Non-traditional students reflect a growing national trend as more full-time working adults realize the value of maintaining a sustained involvement in higher education. Many adult students recognize that they need additional education either to advance in their current positions or to change careers.