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May 9, 2012

UA Classes Begin in Downtown Chandler

CHANDLER, Ariz.  – Class is in session for the University of Arizona at its Downtown Chandler campus this month.  The inaugural program opens Friday, May 18 at the Chandler Community Center.  Over 30 students will be enrolled this summer at UA Chandler.

In the first year Master’s degrees and Graduate Certificates will be offered in Education and Management Information Systems. The initial University programs include the MASTER -IP program, which provides middle and high school STEM teachers with business/industry internships combined with a MA degree. Business sponsors of internships for the first cohort include the Salt River Project, Sundt Construction, Orbital Sciences, Piper Plastics, Inc. and Freeport McMoRan.

“This collaborative partnership will assist the City as it continues to develop a highly educated workforce,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “The University of Arizona programs are going to help create invaluable relationships between Chandler businesses and the education community.”

University officials view this as an opportunity to develop new and innovative pathways to provide students across the state with access to UA academic programs.

“The UA is absolutely committed to expanding access to unique higher education opportunities," said Mike Proctor, UA vice president for regional development. “We are thankful to partners such as the City of Chandler, which make it possible for the University to create new pathways to critical degrees.”

The University will utilize approximately 9,000 square feet of space at the Community Center, located at 125 East Commonwealth Avenue, which will be used for classrooms and offices.
 

UA PROGRAMS TO BE OFFERED IN CHANDLER

College of Education (May 2012)
The College of Education plans to offer three graduate programs in Chandler beginning in May 2012.

Teach Arizona is a fast-track secondary teaching certification/MA program. It has been operating successfully in Tucson for 11 years.

MASTER-IP is a program funded by Science Foundation Arizona with matching funds from business/industry. The program, now in its 4th year in Tucson in partnership with Tucson Values Teachers, provides middle and high school STEM teachers with three consecutive summers of business/industry internships (with pay at industry wages) combined with a master’s degree.

The Graduate Education Specialist Program in School Psychology will be offered by the UA Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies.

Management Information Systems
I - Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Security (Fall 2012)
This certificate program consists of three 3-credit courses covering a wide range of principles and concepts related to information assurance, cyber security and IT security.

II - Graduate Certificate Program in Business Intelligence and Analytics (Spring 2013)
This program is intended to cover the highly and increasingly relevant skills in data analytics and business intelligence in a variety of real-world scenarios.

lll - Masters in Management Information Systems (Spring 2013)
This program is a 31-credit graduate program that will be specially tailored and made available to Chandler participants by combining online and on-site teaching. The graduate certificate courses (Security and BI/Analytics) will count toward the degree.