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By Al Everson
posted Jul 19, 2013 - 3:55:37pm
August is back-to-school time for thousands of youngsters, and it will also be the time when recent high-school graduates and adult learners can be part of the maiden class of Bethune-Cookman University's Deltona branch campus.
"This is a big thing for Deltona. We will have a university campus in Deltona," Jerry Mayes, the city's economic-development manager, said.
B-CU will open its satellite center at 1555 Saxon Blvd. for those seeking a college diploma but who cannot put their working lives on hold while they pursue higher education. The Daytona Beach-based university is renting approximately 11,000 square feet in the Deltona Medical Center.
"We're talking about bringing the B-CU experience to Deltona," Dr. Darryl Frazier, dean of the School of Professional Studies, told local business and civic leaders July 12. "This program is built around lifelong learners, those who want to go to school in the evenings and on weekends."
The university's Professional Studies program includes classes and baccalaureate degrees in business administration, criminal justice, elementary education, liberal studies, psychology and sociology.
Frazier would not rule out expanding to meet the demands of the students.
"If those classes need to be during the day, they'll be during the day," he said.
As well as offering college-level classes in English, mathematics and social sciences, the Deltona branch campus of B-CU may also offer nursing and other medical-career courses. Many of the classes will be eight-week courses, Frazier said.
The grand opening of the B-CU Deltona campus is set for 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. The event will feature local and state dignitaries and the renowned B-CU Marching Band.
"The B-CU experience is coming, and it is coming soon," Frazier said.
"We've made sure that our services are specifically geared to the people of Deltona," said Dr. Hakim Lucas, B-CU's vice president of institutional advancement.
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