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May 18, 6:00 p.m.
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Bloomington Public Library
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Professionals in Central Illinois are responding favorably to the new Part-time Evening MBA for Working Professionals being launched by the College of Business in January 2006. Area professionals overflowed a lecture hall during a mid-April information session about the new program and learned how an MBA degree from the College will increase their skills and knowledge and enhance their resumes.
Avijit Ghosh, dean of the College of Business, welcomed the potential students and introduced Associate Dean Mary Miller, who coordinated the planning of the new offering. Following a detailed review of other part-time MBA programs, she and her team developed a program for working professionals that is expected to be less stressful because classes will be held two nights a week and for ten months a year. The schedule will allow students more time for their careers and family while pursuing their MBAs. Team work , collaboration and exposure to diverse ideas enhances the learning experience. Another perk: students finish the program in 2½ years, a far shorter period than typically found in many part-time MBA programs, which can take up to four years to complete. Admitted students may be eligible for Federal loans, an advantageous feature that received an enthusiastic response.
The College had previously offered an Executive MBA program downstate but relocated the program to Chicago in 2003. Courses in the executive program are held during most of the day on Friday and Saturday. In contrast, the part-time evening program offers students a schedule that more easily accommodates their work and personal lives.
Members of the audience, who came from a range of locations in the downstate Illinois area, reacted favorably to the description of the program's features. While many potential students were from Champaign-Urbana, a large number of Bloomington-Normal and Decatur residents were in attendance, with Springfield, Danville, and Peoria professionals rounding out the demographic. The audience was diverse vocationally as well. Of the professionals in attendance, many worked for the University of Illinois with a variety of industries and firms also represented. The potential students currently work in finance, human resources, manufacturing, accounting, and information technology.
Two senior software engineers with AMDOCS, an integrated customer service provider in Champaign, were pleased with the description of the new program. "It's great that something like this has finally come to the area," said one.
"We're pleased with the response to the part-time program," said Dean Miller. "This is an excellent opportunity for working professionals to enhance their career opportunities."