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MBA Program Meets the Economic Challenges for Area Businesses and Students

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 31 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Framingham State College's recently launched MBA is just the program for students who want to further their education during the economic downturn. The MBA program has strong connections to Massachusetts business and industry and is ideal for employers seeking to improve the skills of their employees and for individuals seeking to expand their opportunities by having an MBA. The program gives business professionals and those seeking to re-enter the workforce valuable credentials through a 48-credit program with courses both on campus and online. "I already had a lot experience in business. But jobs I was looking at said 'MBA candidates only apply' or 'MBA only apply.' Not having an MBA limited me," says Lecia Schronce, a current MBA student at Framingham and also an administrator at J. F. White and Co., a local construction company. More information on the MBA can be found at http://www.framingham.edu/mba.

The program provides students with a well-rounded business education that they can immediately apply to the challenges of the workplace. Courses are taught by full and part-time faculty with different strengths and backgrounds. "The program covers strategy, management, human resources, marketing and finance among other tools that today's manager needs to maintain a competitive advantage," said Andrew Hall, MBA Director at Framingham State College.

"Framingham State College has launched a high quality MBA program at a great value," said Ray Stevens, director of Staples University & Learning Technology at Staples, Inc. "The program has a strong combination of benefits for students, and it's terrific for MetroWest-based companies to have future MBA graduates in our local area."

A unique feature of the Framingham MBA is its Business Advisory Council which brings together area business leaders with faculty and staff. Representatives from locally-based companies meet regularly to provide guidance, ideas, and support. The Advisory Council also allows Framingham State to make key business contacts, and the member companies have the opportunity to help shape the program and potentially tap graduates for open positions.

Students with an undergraduate major in business can complete the program in two years. Courses are offered not only in the traditional fall and spring semesters, but also during accelerated summer sessions. For students who can waive the foundation courses, an MBA could cost under $13,000 The college offers tuition discounts to employees from several area businesses and to members of area chambers of commerce.

The early application deadline for the program is May 1, 2009. Information sessions are offered on the Framingham State College campus on May 5 and May 28, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. An online information session is also offered on April 21 during the noon time hour to those who cannot attend the on-campus sessions. For more details on attending the information session, telephone inquiries can be made to Dr. Andrew Hall at 857-207-5053 and email inquiries to mba@framingham.edu.

As Massachusetts' premier state college, Framingham State College offers adult learners a wide range of challenging undergraduate and graduate programs. Located just 20 miles from Boston, the MBA program offers many options for students to engage in real-world learning both online and on campus, located at the crossroads of Interstates 90, 95 and 495.

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Framingham State meets the need

The MetroWest Daily News

December 3rd, 2007


Finding time for school is almost always a struggle for working adults, as they have to balance studies, work and family responsibilities while earning a college degree.
At Framingham State College, students are discovering they can work toward a better education - and meet day-to-day obligations.

"Obviously, I have some time, but I didn't want all my time taken up with classes,'' said Framingham's Justin Lutz, who is studying for his master's degree in business administration at Framingham State College.

But he, like other adults who return to college, have to balance school with other responsibilities.

In Lutz' case, that means spending time with his books and training full time for the U.S. Olympic Team's track and field trials next summer. He's able to train full time as an active duty sergeant with the Marine Corps.

"I've always had running as a passion in my life. ...It happens that physical fitness is highly regarded in the Marine Corps,'' said Lutz, a veteran of two tours of duty in the Iraq war. He's on a leave of absence as an engineer with Raytheon.

Because he's a veteran, Lutz can attend a public college or university at no cost, he said.

"I looked at it as an opportunity to get a free MBA,'' said Lutz.

Janet L. Castleman, dean of Framingham State's graduate and continuing education department, said FSC's graduate programs are designed to help students get ahead on the job.

Many of the students in the school's graduate program are school teachers working on advanced degrees required by their profession. Other popular programs include health care, public administration and counseling, plus food and nutrition.

"Everything is geared to meeting the needs of the work force,'' Castleman said, and later added, "We're not preparing people for a doctorate in history. It's very practice-oriented.''

The graduate program - and undergraduate continuing education - is designed to work around students who have to juggle school with work and family life responsibilities through afternoon and evening courses.

Since 1998, the school has also offered online courses - about 140 now - which allow students to go to class at their own convenience, she said. This semester alone there have been 3,000 enrollments in online courses (students can sign up for more than one, she noted).

But the college is trying to make education possible for working people, not make the curriculum easy.

"Graduate school is hard. College is hard. Students are expected ... to do a lot of outside work,'' said Castleman. "We're giving them the tools to succeed, but it's not going to happen without a lot of effort and a lot of time.''

The school's undergraduate programs, too, have attracted adult students, such as Janet Fannon, who now works as FSC's graduate program assistant.
She took several college courses after high school, but did not pursue a college degree full-time until her three children earned their own degrees, she wrote in an e-mail.

She worked part time and majored in geography with an English minor.

"Because I had waited so long to fulfill my dream, I was much more focused on what interested me than what would lead me to a job,'' wrote Fannon.

She said the challenge she faced was fitting in with traditional college students, and she co-founded the Adults Returning to College club in the 2003-04 school year.

"We felt a need to come together with other adult students as a group for emotional support and friendship as we went through this unfamiliar journey,'' she said.

Now she's eyeing a master of education degree and becoming an English-as-a-second-language teacher.

"My geography students have made me feel as much like a global citizen as an American citizen and I think that teaching English will enable me to connect with all types of international people,'' she said.

John Hilliard can be reached at 508-626-4449 or jhilliar@cnc.com.

Framingham State to launch MBA program

Boston Business Journal

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Framingham State College will launch a masters of business administration program next fall.

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved the new program Oct. 19, allowing Framingham State to join Salem State and Fitchburg State colleges in granting MBA's.

The degree will require students to take 12 courses, or 48 credits, and will cost less than $10,000 -- about a quarter of what private institutions in the area are charging, said Janet Castleman, Framingham State's dean of graduate and continuing education.


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