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Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2005

Thirty years of helping individuals, businesses

Indiana University's School of Continuing Studies kicks off anniversary at Richey Symposium

JULY 18, 2005

NOTE: To view a sampling of offerings by the School of Continuing Studies and its campus partners, visit

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- For decades, nontraditional students and businessmen and women have turned to Indiana University's School of Continuing Studies and its campus partners for the education needed to get good jobs, better business opportunities and stronger companies.

IU is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the school today (July 18) and Tuesday at the 2005 Richey Symposium, held at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. The event kicks off a yearlong celebration of the school's achievements.

"Through its campus divisions and university-wide offices, the School of Continuing Studies provides credit and noncredit programs that have a powerful economic impact on the state of Indiana," said SCS Interim Dean Judy Wertheim. "The school's commitment to lifelong learning enhances the skills of Indiana citizens and helps develop new talent and expertise within the state."

The annual meeting will celebrate the school and campus partners' productive history through videos, exhibits and speakers, who include the following:

  • Ron Stiver, Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner, will discuss "Indiana's Workforce Development Future," 2:30 p.m. Monday
  • Linda Warner, director of the Division of Adult Education in the Indiana Department of Education, and Jerry Haffner, the division's assistant director, will discuss "State and Federally Supported Adult Education in Indiana," 4 p.m. Monday
  • SCS Interim Dean Judy Wertheim will deliver the State of the School address, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday

Using state-of-the art educational delivery methods, such as the Internet, the school and campus continuing studies divisions have helped tens of thousands of students who might not otherwise have been able to advance their education because of jobs, families or other time constraints that keep them out of traditional classrooms. With targeted, customized training programs and a variety of certificate programs, the school and campus divisions have helped industries across the state -- including those crucial to the state's life science initiatives -- solve problems and develop stronger workforces.

Through distance education, the School of Continuing Studies offers independent study courses, courses that can lead to an accredited high school diploma, an associate of arts degree in general studies, a bachelor of arts degree in general studies and a master of science degree in adult education. The campus continuing studies divisions offer a variety of noncredit programs and classes covering topics and career areas such as paralegal studies, human resource practitioner, not-for-profit leadership, basic Web design and tax preparation.

School and campus staff draw from faculty expertise to customize training or services for client businesses, essentially serving as a consulting firm with the resources of a major research university. The school also works closely with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and other state agencies to make sure their employees have the training necessary to help residents statewide.

For more information, contact Lisa Denlinger, 812-855-1656 and, or visit