Classes are slated to begin this summer at Mary Baldwin’s latest regional center, in South Boston, extending the college’s offerings in southern Virginia.

Mary Baldwin’s Baldwin Online and Adult Programs will “fill a void” for bachelor’s degree courses at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center there, said Nancy Krippel, Mary Baldwin University dean of adult and graduate studies. The center offers associate’s degrees through community colleges in Danville and Southside and master’s degrees from nearby Longwood University.

“There are students already enrolled at the center who would like to be able to continue their education right on site,” Krippel said. “Our adult degree program students get a true Mary Baldwin University degree.”

To address the statewide teacher shortage, courses at the South Boston center will focus on the requirements for teacher certification. Mary Baldwin will offer undergraduate majors in history, English, sociology, psychology, religion, philosophy, and a combination of psychology and sociology to prepare for teacher licensure.

Students at the South Boston center, about 130 miles south of Staunton’s main campus, can take classes online or through independent or group tutorials. Students who live in the Southside region will also be eligible for tuition assistance through the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

Other locations for Mary Baldwin regional centers include Roanoke, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Weyers Cave.

For more information on the Mary Baldwin South Boston Baldwin Online and Adult Programs center, visit the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Web site, www.svheducation.org, or call the center at 434-572-5440, or contact the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs office at Mary Baldwin at (540) 7003 or, toll free, 1-800-822-2460.

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