LWC Welcomed Into Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce
Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 [5:16 PM]
Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Harriett
far left, instructs Madisonville Community College President
Judith Rhoads and LWC
School of Professional Counseling Dean John Rigney during the
held in the John H. Gray Building of Madisonville Community
College North Campus.
Pictured, from left: Whitaker; LWC graduate student Susan Reid of
graduate student Sharon Furgerson of Madisonville; LWC SPC
Associate Dean Angelia
Bryant; Rhoads; LWC Madisonville Community Campus Coordinator
Rigney; LWC Assistant Professor Troyann Gentile; LWC Regional
Martin Wesley; LWC undergraduate student Samantha Leavell of
LWC graduate student Deborah Morrow of of
MADISONVILLE, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College was
officially welcomed into the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of
Commerce on Friday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at
Madisonville Community College.
Lindsey Wilson has been offering classes at MCC's North Campus
since 2009, and on Friday the college officially became a member of
the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.
Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President
Harriett C. Whitaker said the community is "thrilled to have
Lindsey Wilson here."
"We're really excited to have Lindsey Wilson because they bring
a whole wealth of new educational opportunities to people in
Madisonville, Hopkins County and throughout our region," Whitaker
said at the ribbon cutting, held in MCC's John H. Gray
Thanks to an innovative cooperative program between MCC and
Lindsey Wilson, MCC students and other area residents can earn a
bachelor's or a master's degree in counseling and human development
by attending classes at the MCC North Campus. Most of the classes
are held on weekends.
"We look forward to many successes together and great
cooperation," said MCC President Judith Rhoads.
In addition to helping Kentucky reach its "double the numbers"
of goal of graduating more citizens with a bachelor's degree,
Rhoads noted that the MCC-LWC partnership will "help our students
be all they can be, which is what we are both all about."
The first cohort of LWC undergraduate students began classes
last August at MCC; they will receive their bachelor's degrees this
December. Martin Wesley -- regional academic director for LWC's
West Kentucky community campuses -- said that if students enroll in
the program full-time, they should be able to earn a bachelor's
degree in little more than a year and a master's degree in six
"The neat thing that we do is partner with the community
college," Wesley said.
Most of the program's graduates will serve in the mental health
field, which will address a critical health need in the region.
"We know that students are going to go out and have wonderful
professional careers, helping and building their communities," said
Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling Dean John
Lindsey Wilson's graduate program is accredited by the Council
for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs,
which is the accreditation arm of the American Counseling
"It's a very thorough and exhaustive examination of your
program," Wesley said. "When you achieve CACREP accreditation or
reaccreditation, it's a clear signal to the profession that your
program is among the best in the nation. Lindsey Wilson has one of
the top human services programs in the nation, so this partnership
was a natural one for us."