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UI MBA program extends classes to Des Moines
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - In January Des Moines-area professionals
working toward a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University
of Iowa can hit the books closer to home.
The University of Iowa's School of Management, ranked among the nation's
top 50 MBA programs, will offer evening MBA classes at the Junior Achievement
of Central Iowa's W.A. Krause Center for Entrepreneurial Education in Des
Moines -- extending the program from its UI Newton center, where many of
the students taking classes are from the capital city.
According to Colleen Downie, director of the UI Evening MBA Program,
Des Moines residents account for 60 percent of the students in the Newton
evening MBA program and 70 percent of newly admitted students at Newton.
"We are making our program more convenient for Des Moines students
by offering three classes in town, reducing their driving time to and from
classes," Downie adds.
The addition of UI MBA classes to Des Moines is possible through the
cooperation of Junior Achievement and Krause Gentle Corp., which last February
donated $500,000 for the purchase of the center -- the largest single gift
in Junior Achievement's 43-year history. The center (formerly an IMT Insurance
claims office) at 6100 Grand Ave. will hold spring classes beginning Jan.
20 in a new addition to the building, also funded through the generosity
of the Krause Gentle Corp. Courses will include corporate financial reporting,
corporate finance and staffing organizations.
"Through this partnership with Junior Achievement and Krause Gentle,
we can bring the resources of the University of Iowa to serve the Des Moines-area
business community," says Gary Fethke, dean of the UI College of Business
W.A. Krause, president and CEO of Krause Gentle Corp., and W. Terry
Click, president of Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, Inc., support the
UI's expansion into Des Moines, saying the move will strengthen educational
opportunities in the area.
"We are thrilled to join the synergies of the Junior Achievement
organization with the University of Iowa's MBA program in central Iowa.
This union will continue to put Iowa's strong minds on the map,"
says Krause, a longtime supporter of both organizations. Krause and his
son, Krause Gentle Corporation COO Kyle Krause, are both UI alumni. Kyle
Krause also serves as chairman of the board of directors for Junior Achievement
of Central Iowa, Inc.
"This is a milestone in continuing business education at the college
level in the metro area," Click adds. "It's gratifying that
our vision of teaching the world of business to all levels of learners
is being so quickly realized."
Gary Gaeth, associate dean for the UI MBA Program, says the Des Moines
classes will be tailored to the educational needs of the business community.
For example, earning an MBA provides the opportunity for employees in
Des Moines' large financial services industry to use new skills and add
value to their companies and careers. All Des Moines MBA students will
receive full UI credit for their classes.
The UI MBA program will maintain its presence at its Newton Polytechnic
Center, holding seven classes there next spring. To complete their MBA
degree, Des Moines students will still need to take about half their courses
Full-time UI business faculty will teach the Des Moines MBA courses.
Cost of the program is $765 per class.
In addition to its full-time, on-campus MBA and an Executive MBA, the
UI School of Management also operates an Evening MBA in Newton, the Quad
Cities and Cedar Rapids, and beginning in January, a Manager's MBA in Muscatine.
The UI MBA is ranked among the top 50 programs in the U.S., according
to Business Week magazine.
Registration for the Des Moines MBA classes is now under way via the
Internet, or by phone, fax or mail. For more information, contact the
UI School of Management, C140 Pappajohn Business Administration Building,
the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free at 1-877-EVE-MBAS
(1-877-383-6227) or email: IOWAMBA@uiowa.edu.