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June 1, 2012
By Ben Lawson, media assistant
Northwest Missouri State University celebrated the opening of the new location for its St. Joseph Center Thursday, May 31, with a ribbon-cutting, tours, enrollment sessions and an evening reception.
“This was a huge day for Northwest and the St. Joseph community,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “This new location can reach students in St. Joseph and the surrounding areas to provide them with a higher education in a beautiful facility that is easily accessible. It positions our University for growth in the St. Joseph area, and we’re excited to be in a building so closely aligned with our Northwest values.”
The Northwest St. Joseph Center, formerly located in downtown St. Joseph, is now located in the Historic Green Acres building at 3500 North Village Drive, near the city’s Belt Highway and just one mile northwest of Highway 169 and Interstate 29.
“The location is everything, and it is so important to our students,” said Dr. Melody Messner, assistant director for outreach at Northwest. “Our goal is to make a difference in our students’ lives by providing them with relevant, practical, academic programs, helping them prepare for leadership roles and career advancement. This location is especially conducive to the needs of our graduate programs.”
The St. Joseph Center is one of two graduate centers Northwest operates, including its Kansas City Center in Liberty. Some classes will be taught via ITV, meaning video of professors at the Northwest campus and Kansas City Center will be streamed to the St. Joseph location.
The St. Joseph Center offers graduate programs in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, guidance and counseling, instructional technology and a Master’s of Business Administration as well as education specialist and alternative certification programs. It also offers a master’s in biology program with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. in St. Joseph and a cooperative doctorate in educational leadership with the University of Missouri. During the 2010-11 academic year, the St. Joseph Center served an average of 161 students per trimester.
Northwest announced a lease agreement for the new location last fall with realtor Don Evans to occupy a wing on the Historic Green Acres building’s first floor. The building was built in 1919 as an infirmary for the county’s less fortunate. Residents worked the 300-acre farm where the Shoppes of North Village is now located. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
The new location offers a greater appeal to students. The Shoppes of North Village holds several popular stores and restaurants and a YMCA is planned across the street as well as a 28-acre city park. In addition, Fuel Coffeehouse and Eatery is located near the facility’s lobby.
Northwest has offered post-baccalaureate courses in St. Joseph for almost 40 years, and the St. Joseph Center had been at its previous location since 2007.
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