Leaders at Mercer University say recently announced federal funding will help students in Henry County be able to explore new educational avenues.
The university has received a $1.1 million Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to assist with financial literacy, retention and graduation efforts. The grant will be administered over the next five years, and will be applied to Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center, at 160 Henry Parkway in McDonough.
Dr. Melissa M. Cruz, Mercer’s interim assistant vice president for Enrollment Management, says the federal funds will help to support the university’s mission to ensure students’ success.
“At Mercer we are dedicated to helping our students achieve their personal and professional goals,” says Cruz. This grant will further allow Mercer to contribute to the Henry County community through educational development of its residents.”
Mercer opened the 30,000-square-foot Regional Academic Center in 2003. The facility serves more than 700 adult students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in 17 different programs. The center, says Cruz, also features support services including peer tutors in math, and one-on-one resume reviews in Mercer’s Office of Career Management.
“With flexible evening, on-line and weekend class offerings, the Henry County Regional Academic Center provides educational opportunities to accommodate the needs of Mercer’s busy students,” she says. “Mercer will be able to leverage this Student Support Services grant to further serve local students at the Henry County Regional Academic Center in new and innovative ways.”
The Regional Academic Center offers bachelor’s degree programs in: communication; education; business administration; public safety; social science; organizational leadership; human resource administration and development; liberal studies; and informatics. Graduate programs available at the center include Master of Science degrees in organizational leadership and human services. Certification programs are available in education and educational leadership, and Mercer also offers a non-degree program in nursing preparation.
The center is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m., to 9:45 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m., to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m. For more information, call 678-547-6100.
By Jason A. Smith