William Woods University celebrated the opening of its new Jefferson City campus at 919 Wildwood Drive with an open house and ribbon cutting Oct. 25.
Because of ever-increasing enrollment, this is the third site WWU has had in the state capital. Nearly 300 students enrolled in the Graduate & Adult Studies program currently use the new facility.
Previously the site of State Fair Community College, the new WWU building has several advantages, including wireless Internet accessibility for all students.
In addition, there is SMART Sympodium equipment in five 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 10 classrooms and three independent study group rooms. There are offices for each of the three admissions representatives, as well as an office for the 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 close proximity to the main campus in Fulton, campuses were established in both Jefferson City and Columbia.
Because of the success in mid-Missouri, the program was expanded to include locations across the state in subsequent years. In the past 14 years, more than 6,600 students have participated in WWU’s Graduate & Adult Studies programs statewide.
Nearly 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 programs include a master of business administration (MBA) and MBAs with accounting, health management or human resources emphasis, as well as 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.
The one exception is the new Direct Admissions MBA for recent college graduates. That program is currently offered only in Columbia, but may be offered in Jefferson City in the future. In addition, a new MBA program with an agri-business focus will be offered in the spring.
William Woods University President Jahnae H. Barnett cuts the ribbon for the new campus, which is already home to nearly 300 students.