By JENELLE GREWELL | Managing Editor

Starting in the fall, students in the city of Springfield and Robertson County will have a closer option if they attend APSU or Vol State with the opening of a new learning center.

Julia McGee, interim dean for Extended and Distance Education said the city of Springfield and Robertson County asked APSU for a learning center.

Classes will be offered in the fall on eight week schedules. According to McGee, there will be two fall I classes and four fall II classes and the center will offer bachelor degrees in professional studies and criminal justice/homeland security.

An assessment survey was conducted in 2007 and sent to the Tennessee Board of Regents. “Results indicated interest in pursuing a bachelors degree in those two areas.”

“The challenge is more with having faculty to cover classes,” she said.

McGee said APSU and Vol State have a lease agreement with Robertson County and Springfield. “APSU and Vol State each contribute $5,000 a year [to the learning center].”

North Crest Medical Center is supportive of APSU and offers scholarships and clinical positions for nurses. McGee said a nursing program will not be offered initially at the Springfield learning center.

However, students could enrolled with both APSU and Vol State. An agreement was worked out with the financial aid office.

“It is beneficial for students to take classes at both institutions to get financial aid,” McGee said.

“We will try it and see how it goes and always listening to feed back.” TAS