Schools all over the Tristate offer flexible options for those who want to change a career, enhance their current career, or train their workforce. Read on to find out what new courses, degrees and technology are being offered near you.What’s New in Higher Education

Art Institute of Cincinnati

This year, The Art Institute of Cincinnati is offering students the option to focus on either packaging design or interactive web design during their last quarter. This is a change from what used to be primarily a print focus. “Obviously with P&G here, it’s a packaging capital, and obviously web is becoming predominant,” says Sean Mendell, president of The Art Institute of Cincinnati. As it turns out, the students are split 50-50 on which option they choose.

The web design option isn’t all about programming, Mendell emphasizes. Students learn to plan the look, feel, layout and structure of a site. The web design option will also incorporate some animation. “Flash has some capabilities to do 2-D animation, so we’re going to try to push that,” Mendell says. “People obviously use it for banner ads, but some people build full cartoons out of Flash.”

Mendell boasts of the expertise of all the instructors, one of whom is Dennis Gates. “He’s worked on packaging everything from Batman to Carebears,” Mendell says. However, along with the course instructors, Mendell plans to invite industry experts to do in-house seminars for students. For more information, call (513) 751-1206 or visit

The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati

The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati, recognized by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, offers associate degrees in fashion merchandising, interior design, graphic design, web design & interactive media, video production and culinary arts. Additionally, students can earn diplomas in baking and pastry or professional cooking.

Recently, The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati hosted dozens of creative high school seniors for three scholarship contests. Students planning to study fashion merchandising took part in The Art Institute’s Passion for Fashion Competition. Aspiring culinary artists cooked their way through the Best Teen Chef Competition, and students with a flair for design competed in a poster design competition.

Winners were awarded scholarship grants to apply toward their education at The Art Institute of Ohio, and their entries were forwarded to compete in the national contests for additional scholarships.

High school students who will graduate in 2010 or 2011 will have another opportunity to flex their creative muscles at the Institute’s annual summer studio, where students spend a week in creative workshops designed to give them a taste of a creative arts education. Students may participate in one of six weeklong workshops in the Institute’s many focus areas. For more information, call (513) 833-2400 or (866) 613-5184 or visit www.

Brown Mackie College

Brown Mackie has 21 school locations in 10 states and is opening a new location in Norwood. The Norwood Learning Site is located at Linden Pointe on the Lateral, just off of the Norwood Lateral at 4805 Montgomery Road.

Whether students want to pursue a career in business, legal, healthcare, computers or a creative field, Brown Mackie College offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificate programs to help them reach their goals.

“The decision to add this location was based on the significant growth at Brown Mackie College – Cincinnati, our main location in Woodlawn,” says Robin Krout, campus president. The new site is 28,000 square feet, and has twelve lecture classrooms, a bookstore, a student lounge, a medical resource center, and computer and medical labs. Visit http://www. for more information.

Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

Butler Tech continues to offer career development for high school and adult students and customized training for businesses.

This year, Butler Tech enrolled more than 25,000 students, making it the largest career-technical school district in Ohio.

One of Butler Tech’s newer innovations is Butler Tech Online, where Ohio high school students can take online courses taught by quality, licensed teachers. See www. to learn more about online courses or visit for more general information.

Carew International

Carew International specializes in customized training programs for businesses in a variety of industries that want to improve company-wide performance in sales, leadership and customer service.

In these economic times, virtually everyone is asking for price concessions or being asked for them. Carew International is accommodating the resulting interest by preparing sales reps to defend prices with a new negotiations training program held May 5 and 6 at Carew Corporate Headquarters. At “Defending the Price — Pathways to Negotiations,” sales professionals will master skills and techniques that maximize profit without sacrificing customer service, regardless of which side of the selling cycle they’re on.

Another business need emerging from the current economic situation is customer service training, which has become more important as competitive pressure increases and staffs are reduced and reshuffled. As employees take on new roles that may include first-time customer contact, lack of training and the resulting decline in customer service can seriously undermine the intended cost savings of a downsize. However, superior customer service can increase customer loyalty without increasing costs or reducing margin. Carew will host “Dimensions of Professional Selling,” its most popular sales skill training program, at Great Wolf Lodge on June 10-12. See for more general information.

University of Cincinnati Clermont College

If your employees need software training, UC Clermont can bring it right to your workplace conference room. UC Clermont’s mobile laptop cart makes it easy for an instructor to teach your group without the obstacles of finding a computer lab or working at employees’ desks.

“Many businesses had problems scheduling employees to attend classes off-site, but businesses still wanted their employees to interact with an instructor,” explains Glenda Neff of UC Clermont. “With the mobile laptop cart, instructors can bring the classroom to the businesses.”

The laptop cart allows for easier scheduling and customized instruction for groups of up to six employees. Neff says the program has been popular because it saves employees on travel time and employers can schedule shorter class times. Some of the companies that request the service spend as little as two hours of instruction, then get back to work. For more information, call (513) 732-5200 or visit www.

University of Cincinnati College of Business

The UC MBA and Master of Science in Business programs provide fast-track tools tailored to the individual ambitions and lifestyles of students. Full- and part-time MBA programs offer 12-, 15- and 24-month completion options, as well as dual degree opportunities. The Master of Science programs in Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing and Quantitative Analysis also provide full-time and part-time opportunities that specialize to fit student’s educational needs in high-demand subject areas.

UC College of Business offers flexible scheduling, with a curriculum offering weekend seminars, evening classes, short-term international programs, and a variety of multimedia approaches for today’s students.

The faculty members are not only scholars, but practitioners in their fields, as well. Programs thoroughly integrate the quantitative, analytical and people skills required of every successful businessperson, as well as the ethical and global perspectives demanded by an interconnected world.

Students also benefit from different viewpoints and approaches through interaction with a diverse student body composed of individuals from the continental United States and 20 countries from around the world. For more information, call (513) 556-7002 or e-mail

University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters College

Raymond Walters College offers a wide range of associate degrees and one of the state’s only technical baccalaureate programs in radiology science technology. It also offers one-year professional certificates for students who wish to acquire skills and knowledge in a specific field, and Performance Packages, designed to help working adults upgrade skills and knowledge to become more valuable to their employers.

Almost 75 percent of Raymond Walters students work while going to school, and about a quarter are first-generation college students. Raymond Walters offers flexible full- and part-time programs with day, evening and weekend courses and numerous distance-learning options.

RWC is an open admission institution, providing access to higher education to anyone with a high school diploma or the equivalent. Its rolling admissions policy means you can start any academic quarter. For more information, visit www.rwc. or call (513) 745-5600.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Cincinnati State continues to be a cost-effective option for higher education, offering degrees and certificates in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanity and sciences and information technologies. It also offers an extensive co-op program that allows students to gain real-world experience.

In response to mounting concerns about job security, Cincinnati State is launching a new work training initiative, “Working to Keep You Working.” The program matches displaced workers’ interests and abilities with occupations that are projected to be in demand, then helps the workers get the training they need to succeed.

A new course called Crisis Intervention Teams is also now available at Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center. Available for credit or as a non-credit workshop, the course trains first responders to deal with crises that involve a person with a mental illness.

This year, Cincinnati State will be part of the Connect2Success coalition, a wide-ranging initiative aimed at jump-starting the lives of those who have not completed high school. And in 2008, Cincinnati State joined the Cincinnati Minority Business Development Organization, which gives minority business owners a single access point for a variety of services. Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center already offers a one-year certificate program in entrepreneurship, and it will draw on those resources to tailor programs that serve the needs of the organization. For more information about Cincinnati State, visit

DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management

Keller Graduate School of Management, one of the largest part-time graduate schools in the country, provides business and management degree programs that have flexible curriculum and schedules. Students can take advantage of evening, weekend and online options.

Classes and degree programs are constantly updated to reflect the evolution of business management practices in the real world, and they feature faculty with real-world work experience in the industries being taught. Programs are designed with working adults in mind, and they develop the technological, managerial and communications skills that students will need for success in their chosen fields.

Master’s degree programs available at Keller’s Cincinnati location include accounting and financial management, business administration, human resource management, information systems management, network and communications management, project management and public administration.

Keller Graduate School of Management’s project management degree program recently earned accreditation by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC). Only 12 other U.S. universities and 21 schools internationally have been granted this elite designation. To learn more about the master’s degree programs at Keller’s Cincinnati campus, visit or call (513) 583-5000.

Gateway Community and Technical College

Gateway Community and Technical College, which has campuses in Boone County, Covington/Park Hills and Edgewood, recently started a rolling admissions program to make application and enrollment deadlines more flexible.

“Over the next few years, our college will be going through a major transition to become a more comprehensive community and technical college,” states founding President and CEO G. Edward Hughes in a letter on the college’s web site. “This transition will enable us to offer a broader range of programming. Traditional freshman and sophomore college classes will be designed for transfer to four-year colleges, and expanded student outreach programs will be designed to provide opportunities for those who want to get a new start on their education and career closer to home or by using the internet.”

Gateway partnered with the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky in August to create a new program called U-PASS, which enables college students, faculty and staff with a current Gateway photo ID to ride TANK buses for free.

Gateway has also partnered with Covington Independent Public Schools to establish the Gateway Access Center at Holmes High School for the fall of 2009. The center aims to increase the number of high school students who will seek postsecondary education and enhance their chances of success in college. Students will even have the option to complete their first-year college coursework while they are still in high school. For more information, call (859) 441-4500 or TTY (859) 442-4190 or visit

Great Oaks Career Campuses

Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development offers full-time programs for adults who want to start a new career, as well as part-time programs and individual classes for those who want to advance both current and new careers. Campuses include Diamond Oaks (Dent), Laurel Oaks (Wilmington), Live Oaks (Milford) and Scarlet Oaks (Sharonville).

Programs available at the Scarlet Oaks campus this year include auto collision repair, carpentry, electro-mechanical maintenance, law enforcement / public safety services, welding and practical nursing. Courses in heating / ventilating and air conditioning are available at the Diamond and Live Oaks campuses. Laurel Oaks is offering classes in aviation maintenance.

Great Oaks will add several new programs to its curriculum next year, including courses in diesel mechanics, firefighting / public safety services and medical office specialties (medical office courses will also be available at Live Oaks). Live Oaks will hold a new program in veterinary aide. A new program in welding will begin at Live and Laurel Oaks, and Laurel will start a new program for auto mechanic technicians.

Great Oaks has also opened its Return to Work Resource Center at the Scarlet Oaks campus. The center helps job seekers with search efforts and the process of returning to work. Services include career seminars, career testing, résumé and interviewing workshops, as well as access to computers, fax machines, and copy machines. This free service is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Adult and Continuing Education Office at 513-771-8925.

Indiana Wesleyan University

Known for offering a Christian comprehensive liberal arts education for more than 80 years, Indiana Wesleyan University tailors some of its programs to suit working adults. With the inception of IWU regional sites, adult enrollment increased from 711 in 1987 to more than 12,000 today.

Locally, the IWU Cincinnati Education Center in West Chester offers adults degrees in business, nursing and education. As an added convenience, IWU now offers classes in Florence.

IWU designed its nationally and regionally accredited programs with adult student needs in mind. Because many adults have fast-paced lifestyles, IWU aims to make its educational experience as positive and accessible as possible. Students register only once for all courses in their program. Books and materials are delivered directly to each student. Classes meet once a week at a convenient time and location. Students access helpful library support online or by phone or fax. Degree programs generally take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Depending on the program, between 78 and 92 percent of IWU’s adult students graduate, much higher than the national average of 45 percent.U.S. News and World Reportrecognized IWU as one of the top master’s universities in the Midwest in 2008. For more information, call 866-IWU-4-YOU, visit or stop by the Cincinnati Education Center.

Kaplan College Cincinnati Campus

The Kaplan College Cincinnati campus is offering a new associate degree: Applied Science in Criminal Justice, designed to give students the skills required for entry-level positions in fields such as corporate security, corrections, law enforcement, juvenile corrections, public security, private sector security or investigations. This is the campus’ first associate degree offering since it opened in May 2008.

The 21-month-long program emphasizes hands-on instruction. Students have the opportunity to practice on the Fire Arms Training Simulator machine, which trains students in decision-making when using a firearm. Classes also feature guest speakers who work in the criminal justice field.

The campus expanded by more than 4,500 square feet — encompassing a larger library, an additional medical assistant lab and more classroom space — to accommodate the new program and student enrollment growth.

Stan S. Worthington, previously an instructor at ITT Technical Institute, is program director. He has worked as a project manager for Wackenhut Corp., a security services company, and has served in the United States Air Force and the Indiana State Police.

The Kaplan College Cincinnati campus held its first graduation ceremony on March 5. The campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, and is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves 100,000 students through more than 70 campus-based schools across the U.S. and in Europe. It also offers online programs through Kaplan Virtual Education, Kaplan University and Concord Law School of Kaplan University. For more information, visit

Miami University

Last fall, 40 students of all ages enrolled in the new bachelor of integrative studies program at Miami’s Hamilton and Middletown campuses, and 80 more students started the program in January. The program, which has seven concentrations, brings a four-year degree with flexible scheduling within reach of more Ohioans.

In addition, Miami’s Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester opened for classes in January. The center offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and will offer a Professional MBA program in the fall. The center also includes a Corporate and Community Institute for specialized workforce training.

The Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, an interdisciplinary program that examines how digital media is disrupting traditional disciplines, opened last year. The institute is a resource for students and faculty across academic divisions and industry.

Undergraduate Miami students will have more opportunities to study abroad this year, and they will now be able to apply Miami scholarships to schools overseas. This year’s Oxford freshmen will be the first to commit to living on campus their sophomore year, a practice that Miami says improves student development and participation in campus life.

Physical changes to the Oxford campus include the new Engineering and Applied Sciences building, the renovated Presser Hall within the School of Fine Arts, and the Farmer School of Business building, set to open for classes next fall.

The university’s current capital campaign, For Love and Honor, is on track to hit its goal of raising $500 million by the end of 2010; it has already raised more than $350 million in gifts. For more information, call (513) 529-1809 or visit

The College of Mount St. Joseph

The College of Mount St. Joseph offers graduate programs in organizational leadership, education, nursing, physical therapy and religious studies. Each program supports adults who are going back to college to advance their careers or pursue new career options.

Professionals from a variety of industries choose the Mount’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program. This multi-disciplinary program is designed to give students broad perspectives and the flexibility to collaborate with people in an increasingly complex world. The MSOL program encompasses ethics, decision-making, relationships and technology.

For the leaders in the classroom, the Mount’s education program was recently restructured to offer two master’s degrees: a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Arts in Education. The new Master of Arts in Teaching stems from the innovative Teacher Education Accelerated Master’s programs at the Mount. TEAM programs prepare adults to enter the teaching profession through an intense and exciting apprentice format. The remodeled Master of Arts in Education offers two new concentrations: reading science and instructional leadership.

The Mount also offers a Master of Nursing degree. This graduate program, completed in 15 months, combines coursework and intense clinical experience.

While each has a different focus, all graduate programs offer small classes that enable interaction and enhance teamwork opportunities. To learn more about the Mount’s graduate programs, visit www. or contact Marilyn Hoskins, assistant director for graduate recruitment, at (513) 244-GRAD.

Northern Kentucky University

The master’s of science in executive leadership and organizational change program at the Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business prepares professionals and managers to meet challenges by helping them develop their leadership competencies and organizational change skills.

The program applies the most current theories and practices on leadership and organizational change through multiple organizational levels: individual, team and organizational systems. Using the latest adult-learning framework of ACT (action learning, competency-based and teamwork development), the program helps leaders and professionals develop a broad set of knowledge and skills that will allow them to transform their current organizations into more effective ones.

The program also incorporates a focus on application and practice, engagement with the community and an integration of diverse management concepts.

The accelerated two-year cohort course accepts up to 25 students who stay together for its duration. Participants meet about one weekend a month during the semester, for a total of 10 to 11 weekends per year, at the METS Center in Erlanger. The tuition for the program, which includes a two-week international trip at the end, is all-inclusive. The next cohort will begin in August. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Kenneth S. Rhee at (859) 572-6310 or

Thomas More College

Thomas More College’s Accelerated Degree Program (TAP) helps adults coping with the current economic downturn improve their career and financial outlook.

The program will help adults interested in pursuing careers in the fields that are predicted to grow despite the recession, many of which require a diploma: teaching, health care, technology and upper management.

In the TAP curriculum, professors recognize that the current job market requires an intelligent grasp of math. Dr. Christopher Moyer, who teaches quantitative analysis, offers reassuring words for those with math anxiety. “The courses in the TAP curriculum were developed for business students, by a business faculty,” he says. “Applications are stressed, and computer software is used extensively to find solutions.”

“Our programs are tailored to the learning needs of adults,” says Dr. Lawrence Byerly, chairperson of the business administration department. TAP is designed so that students can “learn while they earn.” Classes meet only one night a week. As a result, TAP degree programs maintain a high success rate. Eighty percent of students who begin the program have either successfully completed the program or are currently enrolled.

Thomas More College’s main campus is located in Crestview Hills. TAP has delivered comprehensive degree programs in business for adult students in Crestview Hills and Blue Ash since 1993. For more information on TAP, call (859) 341-4554 or visit

Warren County Career Center

WCCC joined the University System of Ohio on Jan. 1, 2009, after numerous discussions and planning sessions with the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio’s Adult Education divisions and Ohio’s colleges and universities.

“What this means is that we are now all part of a network of providers who can prepare students for careers through a variety of pathways,” says Tom Harris, WCCC director of adult education. “By becoming part of the University System of Ohio, we can provide an even better pathway into the colleges than we could before.”

WCCC offers a smaller, local campus where students who may have been out of high school for several years can build their confidence. They can take the certifications they earn at WCCC to other institutions, such as a community college or a university, to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.

Colleges accept certifications and industry credentials earned at adult education centers toward the occupation training degree of the student’s career path. All WCCC’s adult education programs now provide state- or national-level industry certifications and credentials upon successful completion. To learn more, visit

Wilmington College Blue Ash Branch

Beginning in the fall semester of 2009, Wilmington College Blue Ash will offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Organizational Leadership. This major will provide students with a competitive edge in today’s workplace with courses such as Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Business Ethics and Global Business, as well as a team-based capstone service project. This values-based bachelor’s degree will strengthen communication and leadership skills and prepare students to adapt to an increasingly multi-cultural workforce and the continued globalization of the 21st century.

The Wilmington College Blue Ash summer session, which begins on May 18, encompasses a large variety of classes, including Global Issues and Awareness, History of Cincinnati, Introduction to Management, Anthropology of Aging, and Stage Makeup. The summer session class schedule is available online at http://www2.

Wilmington College Blue Ash offers a flexible transfer policy and the opportunity to earn credit for career and life experience. Full- and part-time study, accelerated courses, and evening and weekend classes are available. For further information about Wilmington College Blue Ash and to receive free transfer credit evaluation, call (513) 793-1337 or go to

Wright State University

Wright State began offering its weekend MBA program this fall in Mason at Sinclair Community College’s Courseview Campus Center. According to Todd Dewett, assistant dean for MBA and executive programs, demand has been overwhelming for the weekend cohort program. Its focus on excellence, value and convenience appeals to professionals who want to advance their career and leadership capabilities while balancing work, travel and family commitments, he says. “The same outstanding faculty teaches our part-time evening and full-time MBA programs on our main campus,” he adds.

Brent Ginn is a student of the second weekend cohort course and has worked in research and development at Procter & Gamble, Folgers and now Smucker. “My MBA will give me a business perspective that many scientists do not have or take years to develop from experience,” he says. The most useful course in the program for him so far has been “Leading Teams and Organizations.” It strengthened his leadership skills and made him more effective in managing diverse teams.

While Dewett agrees that these are challenging times for professionals, he believes that this is also an ideal time to rethink careers and map out professional and personal development plans. “The multi-disciplinary background you gain in our MBA program and the supportive network of professionals and faculty members you get to know can be major factors in how you succeed or fail in the face of change and the very tough business and societal challenges that we all face.”

Wright State’s next weekend cohort will begin in the fall. Students should apply by June 1. Anyone interested in the part-time evening program can apply during any quarter. Details about all MBA options can be found at www.wright. edu/business.

Xavier University

Connecting students to the world is essential to a Jesuit education, enhanced at Xavier through the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning. The Center serves as a catalyst for faculty, students, administrators and staff to partner with the community to promote student learning and community well-being.

In October 2008, Xavier introduced the Institute for Politics and Public Life, a nonpartisan organization whose mission and purpose is to produce extraordinary citizen-leaders with an informed
understanding of our global community, evolving technology, and a clear vision of civic duty. The organization will also research public policy and governance and share findings with the public and serve
as a home for a wide range of activities that blend coursework with activities such as internships, survey research and advanced hands-on work with the internet.

Xavier University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion created the Jewish and Interfaith Studies Program to be offered to students at both institutions, the first partnership of its kind between a Jesuit, Catholic university and a reform Jewish rabbinic seminary.

Xavier University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Norwood Schools to develop opportunities for Xavier students to student-teach in Norwood schools and for professional development opportunities for Norwood students, teachers, educational personnel and administrators.

Xavier’s Montessori Education Program created the Center for Montessori Education to coordinate outre 
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