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New college caters to busy adults

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A new college that recently opened in Kansas City is targeting busy adults seeking to get ahead in their careers.

Strayer University has opened off Interstate 435 near Holmes Road. Several other higher education facilities are in the area, but Strayer University's Kansas City campus president believes their offerings are unique.

"It's the flexibility. The majority of our classes are on weekends or at night or online to fit their schedule," President Michael Plater said. "Students get a wide range of faculty from all over the world, either online or in the classroom."

Based in Virginia, Strayer has 100 campuses located in 24 states. About 48,000 students attend Strayer campuses. The average student's age is 34.

The hope is to have 150 students in the Kansas City area this year. Classes, which began in January, are offered in 11-week quarters.

"There's a rich history. We've been around 120 years," Plater said. "We've been through this, we feel confident we'll be here another 100 years."

Because some students aren't comfortable initially with online classes, especially those who have been out of school for some time or aren't computer proficient, Strayer offers classes in Kansas City. Online classes are also offered but interaction with the faculty is stressed.

"Our students enjoy being treated like adults in an adult environment," Plater said. "As you can see, our facilities are in a corporate setting. We want students to take a businesslike approach to their education. You won't see stadiums with our name on it or museums or marching bands. We focus on the academics."

Because the average student has a job with a family, the college is conscious of when classes and meetings are scheduled.

"They have a lot of other obligations so we have to be convenient," he said. "We'll never say, 'Why don't you come in and talk to us about financial aid at 9 in the morning.' You probably have work or other things going on in your life."

Business and health information, information technology, education, criminal justice and other technology related classes are offered. For example, a bookkeeper seeking a higher education to get promoted would find Strayer useful, he said.

"They're all very practical," Plater said about the classes. "Most of our students are working. They're using us to get ahead at their jobs ... they're all majors that will help people enhance their current careers."

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