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Two universities open on-base sites

City U, CWU to educate on JBLM

Katherine P. Frank, second from right, provost and vice president at Central Washington University, thanks the crowd at the recent CWU and City University ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 29. (JBLM PAO photo)

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members and families looking to advance their education have two new on-base opportunities. Central Washington University and City University opened their new locations at Stone Education Center on Lewis Main with a ribbon cutting event at the center Sept. 29.

The two universities now have adjoining office areas on the second floor of the facility, with bachelor’s and master’s degree options available through a combination of on-site and online classes.

A Bachelor of Arts in human services and a Bachelor of Science in health care administration will be offered from CWU, as well as a Master of Science in health care administration. City University will offer a Bachelor of Science in business administration, supply chain management; a Bachelor of Applied Science, supply chain management and a certificate program in supply chain management.

Representatives from both universities were at the event and expressed appreciation for being able to better serve the military community at JBLM.

“This is a really exciting day for us,” said Katherine P. Frank, provost and vice president at CWU, as she addressed a crowd of about 50 service members and university and JBLM representatives lining the upstairs hallway at Stone Education Center for the event.

Frank said currently about six percent of the university’s population are veterans. That’s 700 students at the main Ellensburg, Wash., campus and 70 at its Tacoma location. Adding a JBLM option is expected to bring those numbers up substantially.

“This is a wonderful educational partnership for us; thank you so much,” she said.

Randy Frisch, who was named City University’s president in August, also expressed a desire to promote education for JBLM’s service members and military families.

“City University is dedicated to being a partner on base and providing educational opportunities for our military,” he said. “Without freedom, there is no education, and without you — our service members — there is no freedom or education.”

Mark Brown, JBLM’s director of human resources also spoke at the event, thanking the two universities for bringing their programs to the installation.

“These two (universities) bring programs we didn’t have before; that adds a lot of options and we’d like to have as many as possible,” he said.

Karl Rone, an employee of JBLM’s Cammo2Commerce program, said he’s enthused about the new opportunities available to JBLM service members. Rone previously served at JBLM and transitioned out of the Army in 2014. He lives in Tacoma, but wasn’t sure how to get a job after he was no longer a Soldier.

“All I knew was I had to find a job; I really didn’t know what options were available to me” he said.

Now, Rone is working toward a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and human resources through Brandman University — one of several colleges working with JBLM to further educational opportunities for service members and veterans.

“I say the more the merrier,” Rone said, of the City University and CWU partnerships.

“The more opportunities to provide educational services, the happier we will all be,” he said.

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