May 30, 2008
Business Degree Completion Program begins August 2008

Lees-McRae College is pleased to announce the start of a Business Degree Completion Program beginning August 2008 on the campus of Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Many working adults with Associate's degrees find difficulty in completing the final two years of a Bachelor's degree. Lees-McRae can assist you in this endeavor by offering a Bachelor's degree completion program in Business Administration.

"We recognize that many graduates of community colleges have needs that prevent them from obtaining a degree through a traditional college or university," said Carolyn West, Dean of Continuing and Professional Education. "By offering weeknight meeting times, our program is structured to meet when most individuals are available without interfering with employment or other priorities.

"Having completed general education requirements, community college graduates are more than halfway to reaching their goal of earning a Bachelor's degree," West continued. "We have targeted those with an Associate's degree so that we can tailor our program to their needs."

Lees-McRae offers a convenient location and schedule with weeknight meeting times. The convenience of Banner Elk to surrounding communities in the area allows you to visit the college community without moving, and our class times are structured to fit busy schedules.

The program is comprised of 21 classes, each with six hours of classroom instruction per week. Currently, the plan is to have one class taught on Tuesday night and one on Thursday night, each lasting from 6 to 9 p.m.

Degree requirements will be completed over a two-year period, with the first class to finish the program in May 2010. Students completing this program will obtain the same Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree as on-campus graduates, and the classes are taught by Lees-McRae College faculty.

The program is structured around real work applications, problems and solutions. While exploring the business field, you gain valuable knowledge that will increase your potential.

So why choose Lees-McRae College to increase your potential? Lees-McRae is known for its outstanding personalized attention with a low student-faculty ratio. While working with students in the program, you will gain the knowledge to assimilate people of various backgrounds into a working, functional group.

With all classes taught by Lees-McRae College certified faculty, students enrolling in this program can rest assured they are getting a beneficial education.

Enrolling in the Business Administration Degree Completion Program also allows students access to Lees-McRae's state-of-the-art facilities including the Student Recreation Complex (opening in fall 2008), the swimming pool, library and many other amenities.

For additional information regarding the Business Administration Degree Completion Program, contact Forrest Pulley, program coordinator, at or (828) 898-8845, or Lynn Hinshaw, associate dean of continuing and professional education, at (828) 898-2518 or

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