An educated workforce is the key to a region’s continued successful development, and Milligan College is pleased to be one of our area’s institutions partnering to provide quality education, training and employment opportunities for students and the business community. These civic, corporate and community partnerships are key to creating a workforce that can compete in today’s knowledge economy, according to the Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission’s (THEC) 2005-2010 Master Plan.
The economic and social vitality of a community is strengthened as the citizens engage in lifelong learning. In addition to the marketable job skills received through higher education, graduates can expect increased personal earnings and their wages are more likely to rise faster. People with higher education are less likely to be unemployed and/or rely on public health and social services. They are more likely to contribute to social institutions and processes.
Changing demographics and economic realities are also driving educational needs today. About 50 percent of all college students are now at least 25 years old according to the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the percentage continues to grow. Many adult workers are beginning to realize the value of a college education and sufficient training when they are faced with the realities of the workplace, the glass ceiling or a real desire to advance in their careers.
A nationally recognized Christian liberal arts college in Elizabethton, Milligan’s traditional undergraduate curriculum combines the college’s classical liberal arts foundation with specialized training, internships with local companies that provide real-world experience and the necessary technological skills to meet the needs of today’s global economy.
For more than 20 years, Milligan College also has been a recognized leader in adult education, offering a growing number of graduate and professional studies programs and online classes. Recognized as one of the Top 10 Baccalaureate Colleges and Best Buys in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Milligan is committed to preparing well-rounded, versatile and ethical employees who understand the importance of servant leadership.
All of Milligan’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500) and many hold professional accreditations and numerous commendations.
• Degree Completion: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration -- Classes meet one night per week and the major can be completed in 16 months of class time. Tuition is competitive and financial aid is available. Now in its 21st year, this program is highly respected and applauded by regional employers.
• Degree Completion: Bachelor of Science in Child & Youth Development, with PreK-3 education licensure -- Classes meet one night per week and the major can be completed in 18 to 23 months. Tuition is competitive and financial aid is available. Classes offered at the Milligan campus and also in Mountain City.
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing – One of the most in-demand career fields throughout the region and nation is nursing. Milligan’s BSN is affiliated with several major medical centers and health clinics in the Tri-Cities region. Nursing students in their junior and senior years can qualify for a full-tuition scholarship from Mountain States Health Alliance.
• Online Computer Information Systems major – Even in a difficult economy, careers in information systems (IS) are ranked among the top fields for expected growth. Students can compete Milligan’s CIS major completely online, taking one course at a time or in as few as four semesters.
• Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapy is a growing field that helps people with injuries or aging problems relearn basic living skills and regain independence. Milligan’s 2½ year MSOT program accepts individuals with bachelor’s degrees in a variety of fields. One hundred percent of graduates are employed at the time of graduation.
• Master of Education – Many are choosing teaching as a second career. At Milligan, adults can complete a master’s degree and teacher licensure requirements in as few as 14-18 months or one class at a time. Current teachers can add endorsement areas, prepare for National Board Certification, meet No Child Left Behind requirements, or meet requirements to become Highly Qualified.
• MBA – Today's economic environment demands a new kind of business leadership where leaders are technically competent and understand the value of a socially-responsible, ethically-centered organization. The cohort-based program is delivered over approximately 14 months, with classes meeting only one Saturday each month and the rest taught through Internet-based learning. Cohorts now meet both on the Milligan campus and at Walters-State Community College in Morristown.
• Veteran-friendly. Milligan College is a veteran-friendly institution and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The college has been named among the top 15 percent of colleges doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
Milligan will hold an information session for its Graduate and Professional Studies programs on Monday, July 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on the campus of Milligan College. For more information, please call 800.262.8337 or visit www.milligan.edu/adultdegrees.