Villa Maria College has received a grant for online classes from the St. Francis Fund of Felician Services Inc. The $35,000 award will be used to secure a the vendor for a learning management system which can offer traditional and online course management, giving Villa Maria the capability to offer online courses and to partner with other colleges.
In the first year, Villa will collaborate with Felician College to provide online courses, with a goal of expanding collaborations with other institutions in the future. Eventually the college will develop its own online course offerings.
“Getting a system on campus makes Villa more competitive locally and nationally,” Brian Emerson, vice president for enrollment management and student services said. “It will help provide even more options for our current and prospective students.”
Online learning is an integral part of the College’s new visionary plan, which has already seen a number of its pieces realized. Since the announcement in June, the college has started a new Psychology program, completely redeveloped student support services, implemented the Achieve Program for Students with Learning Differences, and re-started the Athletics program.
The Villa Maria After School Program also received a grant from the Fund, to continue and expand that program.