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April 18, 2014

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Need a Change in Life? Ready to Start a New Career?

Drucilla Miller, dean of the Walters State Greeneville/Greene County Campus, stands in front of the center.

Originally published: 2013-01-09 15:31:11
Last modified: 2013-01-18 00:13:15
 


The Walters State Greeneville/Greene County Campus offers more than 100 academic programs.

A news release from the community college states:

"Over 1,000 students take classes at this campus with the total enrollment at the college over 6,500. Students are almost equally split – with half planning to enter the workforce immediately after earning a Walters State degree or technical certificate. The other half plans to transfer to a four-year college or university and finish a bachelor’s degree.

"Enrollment is easy. Students can enroll online at http://www.ws.edu. Just click on the “prospective student” link. Students can also complete the enrollment and registration process by visiting the Greeneville/Greene County Campus.

"Students can complete many degree programs without leaving the Greene County Campus, including nursing, respiratory care and general studies. The ladder is made up of the core courses for students planning to transfer. Plans are to add occupational therapist assistant, fire safety, physical therapist assistant and art programs at the Greeneville/Greene County Campus.

"The college also offers over 100 online courses.

“'Our online courses continue to gain in popularity. The classes are very convenient and flexible. Plus, students in online classes can always come to campus and meet face-to-face with your professor if needed,' said Drucilla Miller, dean of the Greeneville/Greene County Campus.

"The college ranks No. 6 nationally among tech-savvy community colleges according to an annual survey completed by eRepublic’s Center for Digital Education and 'Converge Online.' Walters State has been in the top ten since the survey began eight years ago. The college is also rated as one of the safest colleges and a military-friendly college.

"Miller said the college has many students who enroll right after high school graduation. Some students don’t wait until then and take advantage of dual enrollment. These students take classes at Walters State and receive both high school and college credit.

"Other students, Miller said, have been out of school for a while. Some may come back five years after high school while other students come back 20 or 30 years later. Many students did not take a college track in high school and others have a G.E.D. For those students, even visiting the campus can be intimidating.

“'Many students are afraid of failure and that fear keeps many from reaching their full potential. Don’t be afraid. Put those fears behind you and come visit the campus. We will work with you individually,' Miller said.

"Miller speaks from experience. She first visited the campus as a single parent in need of skills she could use to get a better job.

“'I knew that I needed an education to make a living for my son. I needed a degree to do the job. I also felt that having a degree would give me more confidence,' she recalled.

"Miller eventually earned degrees from Walters State, Tusculum College, East Tennessee State University and Lincoln Memorial University. She started her career at Walters State as a secretary while still a student.

"Miller said she could have stopped with her degree at Walters State, but she realized she loved learning. As she completed her education, she also found herself moving up the career ladder.

"Even if you don’t want to start this semester, we can get your financial aid started. You can also talk to a counselor about what might be your major.

“Once you get your education, no one can take it away from you. You’ll always have the degree and the knowledge you gain from courses. If you’re not sure what you want to pursue, our counselors can help you find the right area.

"For more information, call the Greeneville/Greene County Campus at (423) 798-7940 or visit the campus, located downtown at 215 N. College Street."  

 
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