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More Branch Universities to the Valley – Peoria Scores Two

By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Two more colleges are coming to the Valley of the Sun, but this time it’s Peoria hosting the new entrées to the West Valley market. With Trine University already committed, Huntington University and The College of St. Scholastica have entered into exclusive negotiations to bring programs into the university consortium in Peoria.

The schools are looking to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, exercise science, and digital media. The degree programs, as well as a variety of other offerings, align with Peoria’s 2010 Higher Education Feasibility Study, and Economic Development Implementation Strategy (EDIS).

Huntington University, founded in 1897, provides a Christ-centered education in more than 70 academic programs, including bachelor-degree programs in nursing, exercise science, film, animation, education and social work, and master’s degrees in education, counseling and youth ministry leadership.

St. Scholastica, a Catholic Benedictine college founded in 1912, offers 40 majors, 35 minors, and graduate programs in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training and physician assistant studies, among others.

The two Midwestern-based schools have garnered high ratings from national college review services, such as Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

University recruitment has been a top priority of the Peoria city council since the EDIS was adopted in 2010. The schools’ programs in health care complement the city’s strong employment base and the establishment of Bioinspire medical device incubator.”