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February 3, 2010

LMC additions


More programs, more students and more features, that’s what Lon Morris College has planned. President Miles McCall said next on the list of additions is a sort of hospitality, restaurant and tourism management program.

“It used to be called home ec and it is a selection for high school students,” McCall said. “We didn’t have it and some students didn’t consider us.”

He said because the college is adding the program to its list of curriculums it will attract a larger group of students and will move closer to its goal of 1,000 students.

“Our goal is to grow to that 1,000 residential students,” he said.

Also part of Lon Morris’ goal in this management program is to have a new off-campus facility and partners to give students a valuable learning experience, McCall said

Negotiations with facility and partner prospects are still underway and McCall said he couldn’t announce any names until documents are signed.

A new faculty member has been hired to lead the charge into new territory. McCall said Breezy Lake, who has a master’s degree in hospitality management and who has worked in five-star properties across the world, is working on a recruiting process to make students aware of this program

Lake was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

McCall said he would like to see, some time in the future, a dinner prepared by Lon Morris College students, hosted by the college students and set to a theater presentation by the students.

The management program is just the most recent project to come down the pipes for the college. McCall said LMC is in the process of completing a campus Wi-Fi project which will make every corner of the campus Wi-Fi compatible.

“It’s an expensive process but we need it to be competitive with other schools,” he said.

Lon Morris will also continue to use Trade Winds and America’s Best Value Inn as off-campus lodging but is also in the process of constructing additional housing on campus, McCall said.

One point McCall said he wanted to make is many people comment about all the growth in students Lon Morris has had.

“We had great growth this year, but we’re still the third smallest in the state,” McCall said. “If we grow to 1,000 we will still be the third smallest.”

He said he believes having 1,000 students will equate to a better college experience for each student because it will ease them into the full college life and prepare them for a large four-year school more effectively than a school with 350 students can.

“It’s a pretty big jump from 350 to 2,000,” McCall said.

He also said the college’s board of trustees is considering a process of expanding some curriculums to four-year studies, though he added this process could take upwards of 10 years and no small financial commitment.

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