2011 News Articles
Business programs prepare Peoria-area adults for new job market

Business programs prepare Peoria-area adults for new job market
June 2, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

BAM MBALisle, Illinois -- Eight million jobs were lost during the recent recession. Traditional manufacturing jobs may never recover from their losses. Carpenters, assembly workers and software engineers were also hit hard by the recession.

On the other hand, areas such as international business, finance, health care and technology will enjoy some of the largest growth between now and 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Benedictine University is now offering a Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.M.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) programs in Peoria. These programs enhance students' employability, increase their earning potential and provide them with the knowledge and tools to be innovators and leaders in today's business marketplace.

"These programs provide Peoria area students with quality, convenience and affordability," said Margaret E. Yates. "The programs are designed to teach value-oriented leadership with a focus on ethical, socially responsible behavior, and all of our classes are taught by instructors with real-world business experience."

All Benedictine classes are held on the campus of Illinois Central College (ICC). Students with no college credit can complete their associate degree at ICC before transferring to Benedictine. B.A.M. classes are offered in the traditional, 16-week format or in learning team format with students attending class at night once a week.

Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree can earn an M.B.A. by taking classes one day per week in the evening. The Benedictine M.B.A. imparts superior, practical management skills, orients learners to best business practices, and instills a sense of personal and lifelong commitment to improving the leadership within organizations.

Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution and one of the Midwest's top universities (ranked 11th in Illinois among Master's Universities) with more than a century of producing business leaders and problem-solvers.                              

Classes begin August 22 at Illinois Central College's main campus. For more information, call (888) 269-9712 or visit www.ben.edu/peoria.   

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.