Lindenwood University’s Belleville campus is having another growth spurt by adding three new degrees and eight new areas of specialization to its daytime undergraduate offerings beginning in the fall of 2010.
The school has also added 16 employees to its staff to handle the influx of students expected to participate in the new classes.
“These are programs that will help meet the needs of the community and its residents,” said Lindenwood Vice President Jerry Bladdick, Chief Administrative Officer of the Belleville campus. “These are programs that people in this area want. And they are programs that will develop the workers that area employers need.”
The new degrees are bachelor of arts degrees in Business Administration, Human Resource Management and Criminal Justice. Bladdick said in-demand areas of emphasis have been added to the already established Corporate Communications programs including Public Relations, Media, Advertising and Sports Management.
New areas of emphasis have been added to the BA in Criminal Justice. They include Legal Studies, Corrections, Probation and Parole and Law Enforcement.
The Belleville Campus will also add a Pre-Nursing program developed in partnership with BJC Healthcare that has just been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Bladdick said.
“That is going to be huge,” Bladdick said of the nursing program. “It’s going to allow people to get their education locally, plus it will help area hospitals, some of the region’s biggest employers, find the qualified workers they need."
Additions to the Belleville Campus staff include eight full-time and eight part-time workers.
“Our most recent hires include our new basketball coach Scott Spinner, new Dean of Students, Dr. Angela Nunley and our new Dean of Academics, Dr. Paige Mettler-Cherry,” Bladdick said. “They’re dedicated individuals that we are excited to add to our team.”
The Belleville campus will also unveil a state of the art fitness center next month that will include a personal trainer.
Lindenwood’s Belleville campus opened in 2003, offering only Criminal Justice and Education courses. Since then, course offerings and attendance have skyrocketed to over 1500 full and part-time students. The University is expecting over 200 new students for the spring terms. Daytime classes were added last year and the Belleville campus has created its own sports teams including men’s and women’s soccer, basketball and volleyball programs along with a cheerleading squad.
Lindenwood University, founded in 1827, is an independent liberal arts university based in St. Charles, Mo., with campuses located throughout the St. Louis Metro Area, including Belleville, Ill. Lindenwood University Belleville offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, communication, criminal justice, health management, and human resource management; as well as graduate degrees in education, educational administration, educational specialist, and professional counseling.