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ASU Operations Management Program to hold Open House at EAC

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ASU Operations Management Program to hold Open House at EAC

By Jessica Morgenthaler

Thatcher, AZ— ASU Operations Management Program to hold Open House at EAC Representatives of Arizona State University-Polytechnic and Eastern Arizona College will present information and answer questions about the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Operations Management in an open house to be held Wednesday, May 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the AP Building, Room 118.

The BAS degree is designed for persons with a technical background who wish to move into project and operations management. “This degree is perfect for people who entered the workforce with an AAS degree in a technical field and are now ready to take the next step in their formal education,” says EAC dean Mike Crockett. ASU-Poly instructor Aram Chavez will also join the conversation. Chavez has extensive experience in international business and entrepreneurial activities and oversees the program in partnership with EAC.

The Operations Management degree has been endorsed by industry leaders who see opportunities ahead for persons who have this skillset. Businesses have discovered that much of the work traditionally done by very highly-qualified professionals, such as engineers or those with advanced degrees, can be performed more cost-efficiently by project and operations managers. Ten students have already completed the first year of the program and are on track to graduate in May 2015.

The Operations Management program is part of the EAC/ASU partnership established in May 2012, to provide accessible, affordable, and marketable four-year degrees. The partnership also provides bachelor’s degrees in Organizational Leadership, Nursing, and Liberal Studies. By 2015 the partnership expects to add teacher training programs for middle- and high-school instructors in several academic subjects.

“Courses in these programs are taught at EAC’s campus in Thatcher by EAC faculty and other qualified people from the community,” said Crockett. “It’s a great opportunity to complete a four-year degree from a top-flight university at a greatly reduced price, and without relocating.”

Interested persons may contact EAC counselor Kenny Smith at 428-8346 for more information.