UT expands partnership with Toledo Public Schools to offer higher education in communities

June 12, 2013 | News, UToday, — Education, Health Science and Human Service
By Staff

The University of Toledo is expanding a partnership with Toledo Public Schools that brings higher education to community members through local schools.

The UT@TPS Program will expand this fall to Leverette Elementary School, where individuals can take UT liberal arts courses for lower costs at a convenient location.

The UT@TPS Program currently allows individuals to take business courses through the University at Samuel M. Jones at Gunckel Park School, 430 Nebraska Ave. The students at Jones work toward an associate’s degree in business management technology with two courses per semester that meet Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the new program at Leverette, the liberal arts and general education courses can apply to any major; after four semesters, participants can continue to pursue their studies at the University. Those courses will meet Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Participants in UT@TPS are fully enrolled UT students with campus privileges. The classes taught by UT faculty members are held at TPS locations, which reduces the costs. For many students, Pell grants cover their tuition costs.

UT@TPS was established in 2010 to support parents and community members to continue their schooling and lead the way for Toledo’s children and youth to stay in school. The program also works with Penta Career Center to offer Adult Basic Literacy classes at TPS schools to prepare individuals for the GED.

UT@TPS is enrolling students. Contact Dr. Lynne Hamer, UT associate professor of education theory and social foundations of education and director of the UT@TPS program, for more information at 419.283.8288 or lynne.hamer@utoledo.edu.

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