2010
Benedictine University opens its doors at downtown Rockford location

Benedictine University opens its doors at downtown Rockford location
March 10, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine University, one of the leading providers of adult accelerated business and education programs in Illinois, will officially open its doors at 223 Winnebago Street in downtown Rockford on Thursday, March 11. Founded in 1887, Benedictine University serves more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and adult students at its main campus in Lisle and through its satellite facilities in Naperville, Peoria, Bellwood, Springfield and now Rockford. “We have been working in Rockford for a few months now and have found this community to be extremely welcoming,” said Michelle Koppitz, contract director, Adult Accelerated Learning Team Programs. “We are excited to bring our adult programs to Rockford and the surrounding area to help implement a positive change for people who have worked so hard for so long.” Benedictine University is presently offering a field-based Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading and Literacy program to more than 20 students in the Rockford area. The 33-credit hour accelerated program develops an interrelated knowledge base in reading/literacy processes, performance-based assessments, technology integration, diversity and inquiry. Designed to meet the needs of certified teachers, classes meet one night a week during the school year and throughout the summer. Weekly class sessions are supplemented by the Blackboard Learning System™, an online classroom management tool. The 15-month program also reflects the five standards found in the Illinois state reading teacher standards and leads to a Reading Specialist Certificate. In addition to the Reading and Literacy program, Benedictine offers a 15-month M.Ed. in Leadership and Administration (Type 75), as well as a nine-month English as a Second Language Endorsement in the same format and delivery. Benedictine plans to offer an Associate of Arts in Business Administration (A.A.B.A.), a Bachelor of Arts in Management (B.A.M.) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in the Rockford area beginning in May. The A.A.B.A. program focuses on skill development in the areas of business math and business writing skills, social psychology, economics and accounting, and entrepreneurship. It challenges the adult learner to develop knowledge, skills and personal values through a well-planned, sequenced curriculum. The B.A.M. program is designed for the working business professional. The program focuses on skill development in the areas of management and leadership, group behavior, accounting and economics, marketing and project management. The adult accelerated M.B.A. program provides working adults who already have a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to enhance their business, communication, decision-making and leadership skills as well as their marketability on today’s competitive workplace. People interested in Benedictine’s programs in the Rockford area can contact admissions counselors and Rockford-area natives Erik Valenza and Sarah Russell at the downtown location. They can also contact Tony Daniels, who serves as Benedictine’s liaison to the area business and education community. For more information about Benedictine University’s programs in the Rockford area, call (888) 501-1163.

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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 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.