|Answering a call from the Lewiston-Auburn business community, Southern New Hampshire University is planning to offer a master of business administration degree in January at Central Maine Community College, a first for the area.
The area has needed an MBA program for more than 10 years, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce President Charles "Chip" Morrison said Tuesday, adding he's thrilled a program may start.
“Whenever we do surveys it's something people want educationally," Morrison said. "It's one of the things people have said: 'There's nowhere to get an MBA in the community.'" Every time the chamber was asked by education leaders “'what do we want?' I'd say 'I want an MBA program,'” Morrison said.
The University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College offers several graduate degree programs, including a leadership in organizational studies that prepares students for work at nonprofits and other organizations. But it does not offer a “generic usable business degree that would really help people further their careers,” Morrison said. “USM has a good business school, but all of their courses have to be taken in Portland.”