The new decade brought the inauguration of Villa Julie's fourth President, Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. The College began offering an accelerated BS/MS degree in advanced information technology, enabling students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. MHEC endorsed two new degree programs for the College: business communication and family studies (now human services). Villa Julie College and the Union Memorial Hospital announced a four-year nursing education agreement. In 2001, two new master’s degrees in technology were approved by MHEC.
In 2002, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies was created to accommodate the needs of adult learners. Through this School, adult students could enroll in master’s degree programs, evening/weekend bachelor’s degree programs, or accelerated bachelor’s degree programs. This same year, Career ArchitectureSM was introduced. Career Architecture is a unique program for personal and professional development that helps each student to identify her or his values, skills, interests, strengths, and abilities. In September 2003, the College was proud to be recognized locally by The Daily Record, a statewide business publication, as one of the winners of Maryland’s Innovators of the Year Award for the Career ArchitectureSM concept.
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