Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Communiversity @ Surprise Opening on Aug. 3

Contact: David Staudacher, PR Manager, 480.517.8472

West Valley residents have a new option for obtaining affordable college degrees. On Monday, Aug. 3, the Communiversity @ Surprise, 15950 W. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, is opening to the public for students to register for classes. Open houses also are slated for Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Communiversity is a creative blend of community colleges and universities, which allow students to complete certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees, in-person and/or online all in one location. Some programs allow students to earn up to 90 credits through the community college partners before transferring to a university partner for the remaining credits.

Along with host college Rio Salado, several institutions are providing classes and programs at the Communiversity. The partners include: Phoenix College, Glendale Community College, Ottawa University, the University of the Incarnate Word, Western International University and West-MEC.

"Students can save about 33 percent over the cost of a bachelor's degree from a traditional four-year university," said Todd Aakhus, director of Community Partnership Programs at Rio Salado College. "They can do it in a fraction of the time, too."

Students can choose from more than 40 degree programs through the Communiversity's educational pathways, which include: health care, education, business, information systems, public safety and liberal arts. Classes at the Communiversity will be available in-person and/or online.

For more information, visit www.azcommuniversity.com