WKU and Daviess County Extend WKU in Owensboro Campus Partnership
- Susan Esters
- Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 18, 2019 – A new 10-year agreement with Daviess County will allow Western Kentucky University to continue to bring the resources of WKU to the citizens of this region.
During a Fiscal Court meeting held Tuesday night, Daviess County officials voted to extend the lease of the L. Reid Haire Administration Building located at 4821 New Hartford Road, which is home to WKU in Owensboro.
“This new agreement is more than just a piece of paper,” said Dr. Beth Laves, associate vice president of extended learning at WKU. “This is a symbol of the Daviess County government leaders’ commitment to improving the lives of the citizens they serve –– and of WKU’s commitment to bring degree completion and training opportunities to the people of this great region.”
“The Daviess County community is pleased to continue the relationship with WKU over the past 10 years and I look forward to bigger and better things,” said Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly.
WKU first offered college courses in Owensboro in 1969 and in the spring of 2010 moved to the 27-acre site purchased and built by Daviess County. Since then, WKU has served adult learners throughout the region who are pursuing a four-year degree.
Today, WKU in Owensboro provides students with access to numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificates and endorsements. Top degree programs align with the employment needs of businesses and industries throughout the region and include psychology, management, paralegal studies, health sciences, social work and teacher education. Classes are designed to provide flexibility for adult learners who are busy balancing their professional and personal lives. Students can enroll in courses that are taught in-person, by live-streaming technology, online or through a combination of delivery formats. WKU in Owensboro also partners with local businesses and organizations to provide community meetings and events. This past year, over 2,000 participants attended community meetings held at WKU in Owensboro.
WKU’s current lease ends in September 2020, and the new 10-year lease will begin October 2020. WKU will pay the County $82,000 per year and will continue to work closely with the Daviess County Fiscal Court to maintain and improve the building and grounds.
“We are proud to be located in this great community,” said Laves. “We look forward to many more years of outstanding partnerships with Daviess County, as well as the City of Owensboro, Owensboro Community & Technical College, Henderson and Madisonville community colleges, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and other local school systems, businesses and organizations.”
WKU in Owensboro brings Western Kentucky University to the citizens of Daviess and surrounding counties, through a wide variety of academic programs, educational resources, non-credit programs and student support to help adult learners reach higher. For information about WKU in Owensboro, visit wku.edu/regionalcampuses/owensboro.
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