Lindenwood University-Belleville is scheduled to open in Collinsville, Ill., its first extension center in the fall of 2014. The campus will sign a five-year lease on 15,000 square feet of space located at 1101 Eastport Plaza Drive in Collinsville. The space will be used for undergraduate and graduate classes in the accelerated evening program, as well as graduate classes in education and professional counseling.
“We are pleased to be able to offer Lindenwood Belleville students another centrally located facility to complete their coursework,” said Jerry Bladdick, president of Lindenwood University-Belleville. “This decision was made to better accommodate our growing evening student enrollment and increasing number of degree programs. For the past couple of years, every classroom on campus has been occupied by our evening classes, and the demand for more course offerings continues to rise.”
Cindy Manjounes, associate dean of academics at Lindenwood Belleville, said with the addition of several new degrees and areas of emphasis each year, classroom space at Lindenwood Belleville is at a premium during the evening.
“The new Collinsville location will be the first extension center for the Belleville campus that continues to model itself after the very successful Lindenwood St. Charles campus, which boasts 11 Missouri locations, as well as online degrees,” Manjounes said.
The state-of-the-art facility will house seven classrooms, including a science lab, along with a student computer lab, a lounge area, and faculty/staff office space.
“We are thrilled to have worked with Lindenwood University making Collinsville their destination for higher education in Southwestern Illinois,” said Erika Kennett, director of economic development for the City of Collinsville.
Bladdick said the new location answers an unmet need in the surrounding community for quality accelerated coursework through Lindenwood University’s well known evening and graduate programs.
“Its central location in Collinsville will give our students convenient access to major interstates 55, 70, 64, 255, and 270 and will greatly benefit the many retail and restaurant businesses located nearby,” Bladdick said.