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 December 3, 1999

Keller Graduate School opens Interlocken classes

BROOMFIELD – Responding to growth along the Denver-Boulder corridor, Keller Graduate School of Management is expanding its national network of education centers with a new location in Interlocken business park.

Classes started meeting at a temporary site during the third week in November. The next full, 10-week term starts Feb.7, just following the move into the new building, planned for Jan. 1 or Jan. 10, at the latest, according to Cecil Horst, Keller’s director of operations for the Western region.

Once completed, the school’s permanent site will be 12202 Airport Way, just off Wadsworth Boulevard on Colo. 128, near Regis University’s campus.

The Interlocken center is Keller’s first and only Colorado location, but Horst said there is a chance the school will be opening another location south of Denver sometime in the future.

According to Horst, Keller chose Interlocken because “it’s well known as a growth area with lots of high-tech companies with large numbers of employees looking to further their careers.”

But Keller isn’t the only school taking advantage of the area’s growth opportunities. The University of Colorado now has an Interlocken campus, and Regis University just opened a new location in Broomfield last September.

“It’s a growth market,´ said Edward Cooper, dean of graduate programs in Regis University’s School for Professional Studies. And the opening of Keller’s Interlocken campus “builds awareness in the community for other types of technical education and Boulder County could use it.”

Although the kinds of programs Keller offers are similar to Regis, Cooper said the schools have different philosophies and missions.

Regis University’s School for Professional Studies has multiple sites throughout the Denver metro area, including the new Broomfield campus, located along the Interlocken Loop off Colo. 128. Master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) are the location’s primary offerings, but not its only programs.

Like the university’s other campuses, including sites in Boulder, Fort Collins and at the Denver Tech Center, Cooper said Broomfield is not just a micro campus. With 700 students already enrolled for the fall term, the site has 10 classrooms and offers a variety of services.

Horst said Keller’s practitioner approach and flexibility sets the school apart from others. While he said many traditional universities are more research-oriented, Keller’s faculty members bring their practical experience as working professionals to the classroom.

Additionally, Horst said Keller’s flexibility in the number of courses students may take is more extensive than other schools that have a set number of classes.

Founded in Chicago in 1973, Keller offers six master’s programs. At Interlocken, master’s programs for business administration, project management and computer information systems are being emphasized.

Students can complete their degree programs on-line. Full descriptions of each of Keller’s six programs are available at the school’s Web site (www.keller.edu). Between 6,000 and 7,000 students are enrolled nationwide.

BROOMFIELD – Responding to growth along the Denver-Boulder corridor, Keller Graduate School of Management is expanding its national network of education centers with a new location in Interlocken business park.

Classes started meeting at a temporary site during the third week in November. The next full, 10-week term starts Feb.7, just following the move into the new building, planned for Jan. 1 or Jan. 10, at the latest, according to Cecil Horst, Keller’s director of operations for the Western region.

Once completed, the school’s permanent site will be 12202 Airport Way, just off Wadsworth Boulevard on Colo. 128, near Regis University’s…

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