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Union University Hendersonville expands offerings for fall 2009

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.Aug. 17, 2009 – In addition to the three graduate programs currently offered, Union University Hendersonville will expand its programs for the fall 2009 semester as the university advances into its second year in Hendersonville.

“At a time when other schools are pulling back and reassessing their positions, Union University Hendersonville is moving forward,” said Charles Lea, executive director of Union University Hendersonville.

Beginning fall 2009, Union University Hendersonville will offer dual-enrollment courses in public communication at Goodpasture High School in Madison; chemistry and theater at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville; and college algebra at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Dual-enrollment courses allow students to complete college-level coursework and earn high school and college credit simultaneously.

“We are pleased to be partnering our efforts with Christian high schools in the mid-state area,” Lea said. “In the coming months, we hope to bring onboard more high schools and offer more courses.”

“I think that dual-enrollment courses provide great preparation for high school students as they make the transition to college,” said Susan Stillwell, guidance counselor at Goodpasture. “By strengthening their writing and speaking skills now, students will be able to perform better in their major courses in college.”

In addition to the dual-enrollment undergraduate courses offered by Union University Hendersonville, graduate programs at the campus include Master of Christian Studies, Education Specialist and Master of Education.

“Our future plans include offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and we are looking at the possibility of offering a doctoral program in education,” Lea said.

Union University opened the Hendersonville campus in May 2008 and is located on the third floor of the Weekley Building at First Baptist Church. For more information, visit www.uu.edu/hendersonville or call (615) 447-0401.

By Renee Dauer

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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