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WMU-Southwest offers first glimpse of business degree

April 21, 2006

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.--Residents in the Berrien County area can gain details about a new bachelor's degree offering as well as several other programs, during a Wednesday, April 26, open house at Western Michigan University's Southwest Campus.

Prospective students interested in learning more about WMU's offerings should plan to attend the informational event, which is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at WMU-Southwest on Lake Michigan College's Napier Avenue campus.

Announced in November 2005, the new bachelor's program in business administration made its debut in Benton Harbor in January, and registration is currently under way for fall 2006. The initiative is the outcome of a partnership between WMU, LMC and Whirlpool. The company will allow its employees to take the first half of the business administration curriculum at LMC, then, after earning an LMC associate's degree, continue at WMU to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

The BBA program at WMU-Southwest, which will have a management focus, is the third complete bachelor's degree program offered in the area by WMU. The BBA and other program courses are taught at WMU-Southwest, located on Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor. Faculty members from WMU's renowned Haworth College of Business commute to the University's Southwest location to teach courses in the degree program. The WMU facility on the LMC campus opened in 2002. The proximity of LMC and WMU allows students from both institutions to share resources and achieve their higher education goals close to home.

In addition to the BBA program, other offerings close to home for Benton Harbor/St. Joseph residents include degree programs in education, family studies/child development, interdisciplinary health, manufacturing engineering, public administration, social work and teacher certification preparation.

Those who hold an associate's degree, are currently enrolled in a program at LMC, or are interested in beginning a bachelor's or master's degree program are encouraged to explore the opportunities presented by attending the April 26 open house. Those interested in attending the session can contact Leonard Seawood, director of WMU-Southwest, at (269) 934-1500.

Media contact: Amy Routhier, (269) 387-4160, amy.routhier@wmich.edu

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