Excerpts from an article on the opening of the University of Phoenix from the DSM Business Record:
http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/H ... /799/56947
New location: University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix downtown campus is housed on the ground floor in the Bank of America Building.
Moving downtown was a no-brainer for the University of Phoenixâ€™s Greater Des Moines campus.
The for-profit university recently opened its new location on the first floor of the Bank of America Building, 317 Sixth Ave., replacing its old campus at 6600 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.
â€œWeâ€™re so excited about the move downtown because we have over 70,000 professionals in the downtown area,â€ said Christine Williams, the schoolâ€™s Iowa campus director. â€œAnd of those 70,000 professionals, theyâ€™re really our targeted audience.â€
The campus now serves about 100 students who take a class one night a week, and the facility is open to students taking online-only classes. All on-campus degrees offered are in business and management.
A student resource center provides access to computers and offices for students to meet and work in. The campus also has three classrooms, which are designed to be â€œlight, bright and open,â€ Williams said.
She hopes to grow the number of students enrolled in classes downtown, although she wouldnâ€™t put an exact figure on the goal. However, if the university outgrows the 8,300-square-foot space, there is room to expand on the second floor of the building.
â€œWe are definitely ingrained in the fabric of the revitalization of the downtown area,â€ Williams said.