Middle Tennessee Education Center, 200 Dover St., will host "A Celebration of Education," including a special preview of its expanding curriculum, from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Door prizes and refreshments will be available.
Admissions counselors, administrators and educators will be on hand to explain how the center can help students chart a path to improving their educational credentials and obtaining more fulfilling, higher paying jobs.
Insell remains a household name in Shelbyville thanks to a legendary 28-year career as coach of the Shelbyville Central High School girls basketball team. His tenure brought a record 10 Class AAA state championships and two USA Today national championships. In 2005, he brought that coaching prowess up the road to MTSU, where he's turned the Lady Raiders into perennial NCAA tournament participants.
Joining Insell at Thursday's open house will be assistant coach Alex Fuller, who played for Insell at Shelbyville en route to three state titles and a Miss Basketball award. Insell and Fuller will appear at 5 p.m.
The center is a partnership between Middle Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College with the support of Bedford County government. It is designed to make access to higher education classes more convenient to students from Bedford, Coffee, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Rutherford and Williamson counties.
Also speaking at Thursday's event will be Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray, MTSU Provost Brad Bartel and Mike Boyle, dean of the University College.
The center is offering 21 new courses this fall, including a new emphasis in agriculture with four courses and several additional courses for the interdisciplinary studies (elementary education) major.
According to center coordinator Lisa Moore, the center will host a graduate program in educational leadership, while two new courses in criminal justice and social work are being test-marketed to determine the local demand for those programs.
More than one-third of the courses will be taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty from MTSU, Moore said.
Among the center's other offerings are an adult degree completion program for an accelerated path toward a bachelor's degree at MTSU; a degree advancement program to help students who have earned an associate's degree from Motlow pursue a bachelor's degree at MTSU; prior learning assessment, which will enable students to earn college credit for military training, previous certifications, and professional development; and general education and developmental courses.
With 42,000 square feet of space in Shelbyville's former Medical Arts Building, the Middle Tennessee Education Center has room to expand its curriculum and its student population even further. Classes are slated with starting times ranging from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate adult learners' work schedules.
Each classroom currently in use is wi-fi-ready for students to use laptop computers and other devices. One classroom has been outfitted to facilitate instruction via videoconference.
For more information, contact Lisa Moore at 685-4444 or go to www.mteducationcenter.com.