Troy University campus to hold open house

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

COVINGTON -- You have a chance to get a closer look into Troy University's new location and learn more information about its programs for area residents.

Troy University's East Atlanta/Covington Campus will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at its building on 1160 Monticello St. in Covington, where the school moved in November from the Cousins Center on Geiger Street where it had been located since 2002.

"This is an informal event where Troy University-Covington wanted to invite Newton county residents to come out and see who we are and what we offer," said Jymmyca Wyatt, business development director at Troy. "Also, we want to give everyone an opportunity to discover that they have immediate access to a quality education, right here in the community."

The move allowed the school to offer more than masters-level courses aimed primarily at educators and also offer undergraduate degrees in a variety of programs. Four full-time faculty and 10 staff members are working at the site, which includes three regular classrooms, a computer/teaching lab and administrative offices.

"Troy University is thrilled to be on the Covington Square. We have been in our new home since November and plan to settle here," Wyatt said. "Our new facility offers students access to our computer lab, free parking and state-of-the-art virtual teaching classrooms."

At the open house, prospective Troy students are invited to get more information about associate, bachelor's and master's degrees at the school, as well as online, accelerated and parent degree programs from Newton County's only four-year public university.

"This event is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are considering earning or finishing a degree to come out and chat with higher education professionals and learn more about the opportunities available to them," Wyatt said. "Troy University is an excellent place for the non-traditional student to earn a traditional college degree. Most of our students work and have families, yet want to receive a quality education and experience."

She said students range in age from 18 and beyond and are from various career backgrounds -- from entry level employees pursuing a bachelor's degree to executives studying to receive their master's degree.

Troy offers more than 60 majors, including ones in general education, business administration, psychology, criminal justice and sports and fitness management. Some master's degrees can be obtained in one year through Troy University.

"Troy offers a variety of programs with flexible scheduling. Classes are offered evenings, weekends and online," Wyatt said. "Students can customize their class schedules."

Troy University has 776 students enrolled at the Covington site.

Its main campus is in Troy, Ala., and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The next term begins March 14, 2011. The deadline to register for classes is March 4.

For more information about the open house or the Covington site, visit covington.troy.edu or call Wyatt at 770-385-8315.