by Dennis Dalman
The College of St. Scholastica now has a new branch home – in Sartell – after being in Waite Park for 10 years.
It’s now housed in a building just off Highway 15 across from Epic Center, a building it shares with Resource Training and Solutions and Strack Construction, which built the 34,000-square-foot structure. Its physical address is 137 23rd St. S. Even though the new headquarters is located in Sartell, the campus will still be known – officially anyway – as the St. Cloud area CSS Campus.
The CCS campus opened officially Sept. 16. Based in Duluth, CCS now has four outstate campuses – Brainerd, Rochester, St. Paul and now Sartell. The Sartell site became necessary when the former St. Cloud area campus, located in Waite Park, became too small for its needs. That campus opened in 2002.
“We needed more room and expanded classroom space,” said Katie Wayne, assistant director of graduate studies, extended studies and recruitment. “Having more space was a long time coming. The classrooms are very advanced now for technology. We have an expanded nursing lab and even a student-lounge area. We’re excited to be in Sartell.”
CCS and its four campuses offer four main areas of learning: education, business, health care and technology. Currently, there are about 160 students who will attend classes at the Sartell campus, Wayne said. They include many non-traditional students such as working adults, many parents and many students with full-time jobs. Some, she said, are on their way to advanced degrees, some are finishing degrees they’ve started and never had time or money to finish and some are making mid-career changes to a new employment path. Many classes are conducted in the evenings, and there are also online learning options.
CSS at its Sartell campus offers the following undergraduate degrees:
Accounting, management (online and on-campus), marketing (online and on-campus) organizational behavior (online and on-campus), computer science/computer information systems (online), health information management (online), post-baccalaureate nursing and online nursing track.
Its graduate degrees are those in nursing practice, teaching licensure, health-care masters (online), master of business administration, master of education (online), leadership (online) management, health-information management (online), health informatics (online), project management (online) and transitional doctor of physical therapy (online).
For more information about the Sartell campus and its programs, call Wayne at 877-287-8740, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.css.edu.