Transformations Through Education - Webster University

May 13, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Webster University

A unique continuing education opportunity that a lot of people may not be aware of is available right here in the Midlands, and they’re a new member of the Greater Lexington Chamber.

Webster University, located at 100 Gateway Corporate Blvd. in Columbia, recently joined the GLC&VC and celebrated its membership with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Webster University Columbia Metropolitan Campus has been open for 20 years, providing quality educational experiences for the adult learner.

According to the university website, the mission is: “Webster University, a worldwide institution, ensures high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.”

Webster University has been transforming students since it was founded in 1915 with its home campus based in St. Louis, Missouri. Webster is “the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia,” according to the website.

Joining the Greater Lexington Chamber falls in line with the university’s plans for the future, which include expanding their outreach into Lexington County. They will also be offering more specialized programs like Criminology, Cyber Security, Forensic Accounting, and the one-year MBA.

Dr. James Jones serves as the Director of Webster University Columbia Metropolitan Campus, which employs 12 people full-time as well as over 200 adjunct professors.

“Witnessing how an adult enters our program and leaves with a diploma and also a better understanding about themselves” is the most gratifying thing about the job, according to Community Relations Coordinator Melanie Hamm. “We provide a personal touch, community involvement and support, and value added programs. We make a difference in the lives of our adult students.”

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