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New programs offered at Spoon River College

Monday, April 26, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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Canton Daily Ledger
Posted Apr 24, 2010 @ 12:06 PM

Linking the development of new programs to emerging industry trends has resulted in two new programs at Spoon River College. SBM 150 Introduction to Historic Preservation and GRN 100 Preparing for Careers in Aging will both be offered in the Fall 2010.

The restoration of the Randolph Building on the Canton square by Bill Cook sparked enthusiasm and new interest in maintaining historic structures. The college, in association with Canton Main Street and the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, recently hosted a Historic Preservation Conference where Robert Ogle, Director of the Construction Technology and Historic Preservation program at Lamar Community College and founder of historic preservation programs at other community colleges said "community colleges are an untapped potential and a natural fit for historic preservation programs.”

Ogle noted also that the economic drive created by historic restoration can be significantly increased when tourism opportunities also exist, and stressed that partnerships with businesses and high schools are an important part of building a successful historic preservation program.

SBM 150 Introduction to Historic Preservation is the first course to be developed for what will eventually be a complete certificate program for Historic Preservation at Spoon River College. The course is under the auspices of the Small Business Management program, and will provide foundations in the historic preservation movement in America, with an overview of basic and American architectural styles. While the course is designed for students majoring in small business management, entrepreneurship, community and/or economic development, its appeal and benefits will likely reach beyond those sectors.

"This course offers an introduction into an area that has linkages into construction and related job options,” said Jim Genandt, Dean of Career and Technical Education at Spoon River College. "In addition, the course could well have a positive influence on enrollment into art, electronic design, and other small business management courses/programs.”

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