NSU-Broken Arrow offers new course opportunities, child care resource this fall

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Exciting things are happening at the Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow campus. Every day we are working to find more ways for this campus and institution to better serve the surrounding community.

Just in the last few weeks, we have made progress in increasing the courses and services offered to NSU-Broken Arrow students. From finally opening the doors on our new on-campus child care center to a new series of business courses in Spanish, we are working to be a campus that fulfills the needs of our community.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. NSU is proud to support and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the diverse Hispanic community here in Broken Arrow and beyond. Our hope is that the NSU-BA campus will support its Hispanic students and families through our educational resources, business collaborations and community involvement.

This September, NSU-BA will kick off a partnership with the Hispanic Small Business Association and the Uma Center that will offer business courses in Spanish to business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals.

While there are several business courses offered in the area, there are not nearly as many available in Spanish. This professional development initiative with NSU-BA aims to break down the language barrier between Spanish-speaking business owners and business classes here in Northeastern Oklahoma.

Additionally, the courses will be offered virtually in order to make them even more accessible to the busy schedules of business owners and those who are not in the direct vicinity of Broken Arrow. It was imperative to NSU-BA to not only provide this new series of courses, but to actually deliver them to students in a format that is usable.

This series of courses will be led by Dr. Martha Isabel Zapata, founder and executive director of the Uma Center, and Ramiro Peña, a business consultant and corporate trainer for the Hispanic Small Business Association. NSU is honored to have two accomplished business experts leading this effort.

Courses will cover topics such as starting a business in the United States, small business finances, creating products or services that customers will buy and more.

The series will equip entrepreneurs with the skills needed to start a business and/or strengthen and grow an existing business. This goes hand-in-hand with NSU’s mission to help foster and strengthen a diverse workforce in the area and beyond.

Courses will be offered in three rounds from September to November. Round one will take place Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, round two will take place Oct. 11 to Oct. 27 and round 3 will take place Nov. 3 to Nov. 17. For more information on the Spanish business courses happening through NSU this fall, visit https://academics.nsuok.edu/continuingeducation/spanish_business_courses.aspx.

Like I’ve mentioned before, course flexibility is a huge priority for NSU, especially at our Broken Arrow campus where we have a majority of adult and nontraditional students.

Maybe your children’s back-to-school schedule made it difficult to start college courses. Maybe you were settling into a new job. With NSU though, there’s no reason to wait until next year to get started or resume higher education classes.

NSU offers 8-week courses in online, in-person and blended formats that allow you to get started in the middle of the typical 16-week semester. Courses are available in several subjects including education, health care administration, marketing and more. Whatever your academic focus, NSU will help you get there. Don’t wait until the new year to get ahead on your education.

The second block of 8-week courses at NSU begins Oct. 10. Courses are offered for graduate and undergraduate students and certificate opportunities are also available. For more information about 8-week courses at NSU, visit www.nsuok.edu/8weeks.

Once you do take the next step in your higher education journey, you can rest assured that NSU is going to be there with the support and resources you need to be successful.

By now, you’ve likely heard something about the new Little Rowdy Child Care Center on the NSU-Broken Arrow campus. We are excited to report that the center is now open and taking applications to help student parents. To find out how the Little Rowdy Child Care Center can help you achieve your education goals, visit https://coe.nsuok.edu/little-rowdy.aspx
or contact the center director, Denise Tyrell, at tyrell@nsuok.edu.

NSU officials know that the higher education needs of the Broken Arrow community are changing rapidly. We are proud to offer these new courses and resources this semester to meet some of those needs.

I look forward to serving you at NSU-Broken Arrow this fall.

Dan Mabery, Vice President of University Relations
Northeastern State University

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