CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University, in partnership with Western Piedmont Community College, will offer students in the Morganton area several degree programs beginning this fall.

An information fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the WPCC facility in Morganton. Representatives from both institutions will be available to answer questions regarding the nursing program, bachelor's degree programs in birth-kindergarten education, criminal justice, emergency medical care and engineering technology, and master's degree programs in health science (with a gerontology option), nursing, entrepreneurship, human resources and two-year community college educational administration.

“Western is pleased to provide these career-related programs to Morganton area residents,” said Pat Brown, dean of distance and continuing education at Western. “We are committed to expanding career-based educational programs that will benefit the local community.”

A series of activities at WPCC on the day of the information fair is designed to demonstrate the diversity of educational opportunities available to the community, Brown said.

Potential students are welcome to attend the scheduled information sessions or to drop in at any time during the day to talk to faculty members. All sessions take place at Western Piedmont Community College .

The schedule includes:

· 12:30 p.m.   Presentation by Carlie Merritt, director of Western's on-line criminal justice program, to students enrolled in WPCC's criminal justice program

· 12:30 p.m.   Lunch and discussion of gerontology service learning opportunities, with Marcia Caserio, Western's director of educational outreach

· 1 p.m. “Lunch & Learn Session” for health care providers highlighting the Capstone nursing program and the master of science in nursing program

· 3 p.m. Presentation on Western's human resources program

· 4  p.m. Orientation to “University Experience” course for birth-kindergarten education students enrolled in cohort four

· 5:30 p.m. Presentation by Carlie Merritt, director of Western's on-line criminal justice program, to students enrolled in WPCC's criminal justice program

· 6 p.m. Business After Hours reception highlighting entrepreneurship programs

· 6 p.m. Orientation to interactive video usage for anyone interested in the two-year community college educational administration program

Learning online demonstrations will be held throughout the day in Room 211 of the Carr Building . 

During learning online demonstrations, potential students will experience a hands-on review of Western's “University Experience” course as an online orientation to the degree programs. Western representatives will be available to answer questions regarding what it means to be an online student. 

Representatives of Western's gerontology and nursing programs will be on hand to talk to hospital employees and other health care providers.

JoAnn and Jim Carland, professors in Western's department of accountancy, entrepreneurship and finance and directors of the online master of entrepreneurship program, will speak to local Chamber of Commerce members. 

Western's Master of Entrepreneurship Program claimed first place this January in a nationwide competition sponsored by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

For more information on any of Western's programs at the WPCC, contact Distance and Continuing Education at Western Carolina University toll free at (800) 928-4968 or visit the Web site http://edoutreach.wcu.edu.

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