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New programs unveiled at Drury open house June 4

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Information about two new degrees available in Monett will be presented during an open house for the Monett campus of Drury University on Monday, June 4. The open house runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 400 Fourth St.

"We will actually have a three-fold initiative during the evening," said Ann Saunders, director of Drury's Monett campus. "Those attending will hear about a brand new student benefit, see the faculty and learn about at least two programs."

Aaron Jones, the interim dean at Drury, will be on hand to lead a specialized discussion on the leadership degree, focusing on organizational communication and development.

Available on-line, the leadership degree will include course work and classes in advertising, public sector finance, theories and models of leadership, contemporary workforce issues, statistics, negotiations and conflict resolution. Students can choose to take additional classes in either grant writing or managing multi-cultural organizations.

"We have several students working toward that major now," Saunders said.

Industries have shown significant interest in the leadership program. Negotiation and conflict resolution is a soft skill in great demand in business but seldom acquired in routine studies, Saunders said.

Steve Bryant, who heads Drury's leadership program at the main campus in Springfield, will be on hand to discuss the leadership certificate available to course completers. The classes can earn students credit toward a degree with Drury or a certificate. The program is geared toward market-current industry workers seeking to expand their skills.

"Businesses have offered us positive feedback on the program," Saunders added.

Monett will be the only campus outside of Springfield offering courses in entrepreneurship.

"With the history of great entrepreneurship in Monett, the Edward Jones Entrepreneur Center at the main campus thought Monett would be ideal for this," said Saunders.

"The entrepreneurship program is geared toward people who may choose to start their own business or who work in a business and have an open mind about how to make it happen," explained Saunders. "If you choose to start a business, Drury will navigate the process."

Kay Osborne, instructor at Drury's main campus and the program director for arts and non-profiit management, will share information about the degree.

"We're blessed to have Kay living in the Monett area," Saunders said. "Her husband works at Camp Barnabas. She can give students a taste of whether business ownership is right for them."

Prospective students are urged to arrive at 3:30 p.m. to tour the campus and talk to the staff. Toward the end of the session, business leaders will attend to learn about the leadership certificate and the soft skill training.

The development of both degrees and making them available in Monett represents Drury's response to needs in the community that have been heard, Saunders said. Other non-credited programs targeting other specific training are also being prepared.

For more information on the new degrees or a list of courses available through Drury for the fall 2012 semester, call 235-2007.

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