March 8, 2007 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University’s College of Business is set to offer three “mini-mester” business courses at Fort Bliss beginning in late March. The classes are part of an effort to make more NMSU courses available to military personnel and their families.
“The College of Business has really gone out of its way to create classes military personnel and their families can use to enhance their education,” said Bobbie Derlin, associate vice president of student success and associate dean of the university’s College of Extended Learning.
The courses focus on business information systems, marketing and management. The length of the courses, seven weeks, is designed to better fit the lives and demands of those in the military.
“We’ve found students prefer a compressed class schedule, especially when they are dealing with deployment issues,” said Associate Business Dean Kathy Brook. “One class can be completed entirely online if a student desires. Two will have face-to-face sessions at Fort Bliss. Another will have face-to-face sessions at NMSU Doña Ana Community College – Sunland Park.”
Each “mini-mester” course holds the same value as corresponding full-semester courses. They count toward degree programs at NMSU and are easily transferable.
In 2005, the College of Business began offering MBA program classes at alternate locations to help professionals unable to attend regular NMSU classes in reaching their career goals. Earlier this year, NMSU signed an agreement to expand its distance MBA program to military personnel at White Sands Missile Range. The university has similar MBA programs already in place for civilians at White Sands as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Fort Bliss courses include BCIS 502: Business Information Systems, MKTG 303: Principles of Marketing and MGT 332: Human Resources Management.
While the classes are designed for Fort Bliss personnel and their families, they are open to everyone. For more information contact Bill Lillibridge at (505) 646-6216 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susan Roberts at (505) 678-6198.