Career-focused - Convenient - Caring
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Milwaukee, Wis. (PRWEB) March 4, 2009
On March 1, 2009, Herzing College officially became Herzing University . The name change was a natural progression of the institution after adding the School of Graduate Studies last year. Sign-changing ceremonies celebrated the event at Herzing University campuses across the country, with prominent local officials presiding. Each campus sold commemorative T-shirts and donated the proceeds to local charities.
The university title will not alter the school's mission of providing relevant, hands-on education. "Herzing is known for providing students a career-focused, convenient, and caring education, and that's not going to change," stated Renée Herzing, who took over the title of President/CEO on March 1, 2009 when her father, school founder Henry Herzing, relinquished the title to become chancellor.
Chancellor Herzing agreed. "I know that some people may be concerned that we've gone from the name college to university, but we have done that just to reflect the educational opportunity at Herzing, not a change in our inherent mission of helping students, whatever their level of need and desire is in terms of education," he said.
Under Chancellor Herzing's leadership, Herzing has grown from a class of 12 students in a 7-month computer course into 13 campuses in the U.S. and Canada. The 9 campuses in the U.S. are regionally accredited and offer diploma, associate degree, and bachelor's degree programs in the fields of technology, business, health care, design and public safety, in addition to four MBA degrees offered by the graduate school. A master's in nursing is expected to be added this summer.
"When I started the first Herzing campus 44 years ago with my wife, Suzanne, our vision of building a career school that centered on student service was clear," said Chancellor Herzing. "Our goal was to create hands-on academic programs, taught by caring instructors who prepared graduates to immediately find work in their field."
And that's what Herzing has continued to do. Despite a tough economy, 94% of available 2008 Herzing U.S. graduates found work in their field of study.
Herzing University's long-standing tradition of emphasizing student service, ethical behavior, and respect and fair treatment of students, faculty and staff will continue through President Renée Herzing's leadership. "Renée Herzing has been an integral part of the institution for over a decade, and there's no doubt she shares her father's vision," said Madison Campus President Donald Madelung. "She's just as passionate about helping students as he is, and her first thoughts are always about the best interest of our students."
"Career-focused - Convenient - Caring" education is the motto of the University. The caring is an integral part of the culture, and faculty and staff are hired as much for that characteristic as for their credentials and experience. The convenience is illustrated by not only the student choice of resident, hybrid, or online options, but also by the scheduling of classes in a morning, afternoon, or evening block so there is no wasted time between classes. All the programs are career-focused with hands-on labs and the University has, as one of its important goals, a high percentage of its available graduates working in their career field within 90 days of graduation -- typically more than 90%.
Herzing Universities are located in Akron (Akron Institute), Atlanta, Birmingham, Madison, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Orlando, and Toledo. The Online campus is headquartered in Milwaukee.