Tennessee Wesleyan College has partnered with Cleveland State Community College to offer students an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Management Excellence.
“It’s been very pleasant working with Cleveland State,” Senior Vice President Larry Wallace said of setting up the program.
The classes will be taught by Tennessee Wesleyan faculty at the Cleveland State campus.
“We have a good relationship already and it’s going to grow,” according to Dr. Jerry Jackson, TWC vice president for Enrollment and Communications.
The program is designed with the non-traditional student in mind.
“It is geared more toward the adult student that might have had a couple years of college, but life got in the way and life took over, and we’ve developed a program where they can really complete that,” Jackson said.
However, other students can also take advantage of the opportunity, Jackson pointed out.
Students will attend night classes for 15 months, focusing on one or two courses at a time. Core classes in the program meet one night a week.
“It really is preparing to go right into work,” Jackson said.
Emphasis areas in accounting, health care management and human resource management are also available.
“Each of those areas they are really going to focus on are the skills needed in that field,” Jackson said.
The accounting emphasis is classroom-based, while the health care management emphasis is offered fully online. The human resource management emphasis is offered through hybrid courses, meaning time in the classroom and online. Stefanie West, ME degree evening program enrollment specialist, said the program is one of the few evening classroom programs for accounting.
The evening program is offered at a reduced tuition rate of $1,000 per class, according to West.
Financial aid is available. Students with military or outside benefits can use them toward the program.
“Many companies offer tuition reimbursement benefits to their employees,” West said.
Jackson said the management excellence program was chosen as the first program for the partnership because business is a popular major. It was also seen as a benefit to local students. The first group of 13 students in the partnership program have already begun classes.
Rolling registration dates allow prospective students to apply at any time.
“Our next target start date is Sept. 24,” West said.
She and Jackson said the smaller class size of the program allows students to build lasting relationships with fellow students and faculty members.
To qualify for the program, students must meet admission requirements for Tennessee Wesleyan, have completed 60 credit hours of college and be 23 years of age with three years work experience.
Applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation and a short essay. Application forms can be assessed at www.twcnet.edu/me.