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Two units merged to broaden educational options

March 1, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Extended University Programs at Western Michigan University has created an Office of Lifelong Learning and Education to provide an even wider selection of educational options to individuals who wish to pursue their personal and professional goals by attending WMU.

The opening of OLLE marks the closure of EUP's Conferences and Seminars unit and its Office of Kalamazoo and Statewide Programs. Many of the programs and services those units provided will now be offered through OLLE.

The new office primarily will focus on providing:

High quality certificate program offerings, credit and non-credit workshops, professional seminars, and Continuing Education Units approved by the State of Michigan and WMU;

Conference development, planning and management services; and

Academic advising to a select group of adult learners who return to WMU to complete their baccalaureate degree.

To assist students in locating courses during the transition to OLLE, workshops slated for this summer will still be listed under the Kalamazoo and statewide programs office in the University's summer schedule of Branch Campus Course Offerings.

EUP extends WMU's educational opportunities and resources to residents around Michigan through special program arrangements with individual organizations and its campuses in Battle Creek, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Holland, Lansing, Muskegon, and Traverse City.

Questions about OLLE should be directed to Dr. Darrell Johnson, EUP associate dean, at darrell.johnson@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4200.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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