San Antonio.- Dr. Louis Agnese Jr., president of The University of the Incarnate Word, addresses a crowd of supporters at Monday’s opening of the university’s newest learning center. (Photo, Dennis Ayotte)
The newest University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) learning center marks the seventh San Antonio council district occupied by the university.
Monday, UIW opened its newest Adult Degree Completion Program (AdCap) campus, the Pecan Valley Center, on the city’s southeast side in District 3.
For over the past 17 years UIW’s AdCap program has helped working adults complete their college degrees easily and conveniently.
“For adults going to school everything is about access and accessibility, so when you’re working hard and you also want to finish your degree it has to be convenient,” UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese Jr. said at Monday’s grand opening.
“The growth of the university is tied to a keyword, and I want you to constantly think of that word when you hear of the growth of Incarnate Word, it’s about ‘access,’” Dr. Agnese added.
The new learning center will serve 450 students at full capacity. It has five classrooms, a computer lab, a student lounge and offices for staff.
In addition, the campus will be available to businesses on the southeast side that might need it to train employees, according to Vincent T. Porter, dean of the school of extended studies.
“We opened this center, as we have our others, to give the people of this community and surrounding communities an opportunity for growth,” said Porter.
Degree programs available include a Bachelor of Business administration with concentrations in management, marketing and general business; Bachelor of Arts in organizational development, Bachelor of Arts in human resources; Bachelor of Arts in administration; and Bachelor of Arts in applied sciences.
Additional undergraduate and graduate degrees will be added in the future.
“This center will be staffed so we can provide a comparable range of services that are provided on our main campus,” Porter added.
The program has a reduced tuition rate and provides free textbooks to all undergraduate students. AdCap has accelerated 8-week terms.
Applications are now being accepted and the first of classes start Tuesday, Mar. 12.
Dennis M. Ayotte, Jr. is a reporter for La Prensa de San Antonio. He may be reached at email@example.com.