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Campbellsville University will offer six general education classes in Hodgenville this fall.
John Chowning, CU’s vice president for church and external relations, said the university’s plan to open a satellite campus in Hodgenville is on track; however, the building may not be ready by the time the semester begins in August.
In that case, classes will be held at the Hodgenville City Police Station. The station, formerly the education building for First Baptist Church, has several large classrooms upstairs.
Chowning credited Mayor Terry Cruse and Judge-Executive Tommy Turner’s cooperation in making sure the university will have a presence in the community this fall.
Cruse said he met with a college representative last week to work out classroom space.
The first eight-week semester begins Aug. 24 with classes offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The second semester begins in October.
Classes may include English, American History, Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Communications. The courses will apply to most any degree, Chowning said.
An information meeting for prospective students will be held at the end of July. Students may talk to faculty and learn about the application process.
Paperwork will be expedited, Chowning said, since classes will begin within a month.
“They won’t miss anything,” he said.
Dr. Keith Spears, vice president for regional and professional education, will have oversight of the center.
Work is progressing on the university’s Hodgenville site – the former Farm Service Agency office on Old E’town Road. The 5,600-square-foot building was donated to the college by Paul Hilpp of Lebanon.
A contractor has been selected and floor plans drawn up.
When renovations are complete, the building will “have a more collegiate look,” Chowning said. It will house three “nice-sized” classrooms, a computer lab, two seminar rooms that can be used for small meetings, three offices, a conference room for staff meetings and a student lounge.
The parking lot has been paved and marked.
“It will be a very nice facility,” Chowning said. “We’re excited about it.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception will be held for the community after the new building opens.
The news of a potential lithium battery plant being constructed in nearby Glendale “just enhances the need for a campus in Hodgenville,” he added.
Besides regular academic courses, the center could offer work force development classes, according to Chowning.
The university also is extending an offer to any adult student who has become unemployed since Sept. 1, 2008 – free tuition for two three-hour courses. Chowning said the offer is available to students at any regional campus, like Hodgenville, or the main campus. Students are responsible for the cost of books and supplies.