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Grand Rapids open house showcases new grad programming

May 16, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Western Michigan University will open its doors of its East Beltline Campus to prospective graduate students starting May 19 for a "drop in" open house.

Offering flexibility and convenience, the campus located at 2333 E. Beltline Ave. SE, is hosting a graduate program open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 19-22. Those attending can obtain information on available graduate programming and application requirements, and they can take a complimentary career assessment test.

The Graduate Center-Beltline offers approximately two dozen graduate degree and certificate options, including programs in education, business, engineering, social work and wellness.

Additionally, a new health care degree program will be offered soon in Grand Rapids, according to Dr. James Schultz, WMU Grand Rapids campus director. WMU's renowned master's degree program in occupational therapy is about to expand and will be offered for the first time at the WMU Graduate Center-Downtown, located at 200 Ionia Ave., S.W.

"We are extremely pleased to offer such a well-respected program to the expanding health care mix in the Grand Rapids community," says Schultz. "The OT program has existed in Kalamazoo for over 85 years and will start in Grand Rapids with the fall 2009 semester. Those needing prerequisites can begin taking them here in fall 2008. This master's program is designed as a way for anyone possessing a bachelor's degree in any field to make a career change into health care."

Graduates of the OT Master of Science program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and are eligible to apply for licensure and registration in those states that regulate occupational therapy practice, Schultz says.

Jean Hibbard, student services coordinator for WMU-Grand Rapids, says WMU is offering an incentive for persons interested in pursuing their degree.

"WMU will pay the application fee for all students who attend the graduate program open house and apply to a Grand Rapids-based program by May 30," she says.

For more information about the open house, or to obtain directions to the Graduate Center-Beltline, visit eup.wmich.edu/grandrapids/openhouse/ or call (616) 771-9470.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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