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Students, faculty celebrate last day of BSOL & allied health classes

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 25, 2004 – The first class of non-traditional students earning a bachelor of science in organizational leadership degree with an emphasis in allied health will walk the graduation stage in May 2004. The last day of the LAUNCH 18-month program was completed on Feb. 23.

The class is the first to take advantage of the affiliation with allied health care studies. LAUNCH was designed to give working adults a chance to get a degree in a way that fits most adults’ schedules.

“This program was designed for adults in the health care field wanting to someday move up in management,” said Luanne Powell, recruiter for the LAUNCH program. “These are people who need to finish their degree but cannot do it the traditional way.”

According to Powell, attending class one night a week for a year and a half works well for professionals furthering their educations. Also, the benefits of earning an additional degree can create better careers for those who work in healthcare.

“Some jobs require a continuing education in order to move up in the field,” Powell said. “The classes they take were designed specifically for them.”

Classes like medical ethics, hospital leadership and management are offered and, in Powell’s opinion, help make better employees and employers.

Students who have completed the program agree that the BSOL degree with an emphasis in allied health is definitely beneficial.

“I really have developed a passion for the industry,” said Meredith Bailey of West Tennessee Healthcare. “The curriculum that was outlined sparked my interest. I want to be involved in the administrative parts of healthcare someday.”

Media contact: Tabitha Frizzell, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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