Under the direction of new President John P. Marsden, Ph.D., Midway College has enhanced the undergraduate experience for Kentucky’s only women’s college while maintaining its extensive adult, graduate and online programs.
Midway College is developing new academic programs and increasing athletic offerings while maintaining the school’s signature nursing, teacher education and equine programs.
One of those new academic programs will be an integrated marketing communication major, a popular career choice for many students.
“It is an entry-level degree that can help graduates in so many ways,” said Ellen Gregory, the college’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
“The program combines writing, public relations, graphic design and using various media, which are valuable skills in a variety of careers.”
Midway has added undergraduate art classes and has also developed bachelor degrees in an accounting major as well as in criminal justice.
Students benefit from the school’s small size, which allows for easy access to faculty, personalized attention, internship opportunities and the chance to build lifelong friendships.
Internships are a key benefit to the equine program, which maintains close ties with area horse farms.
Under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Kitchen, the nursing program emphasizes professionalism and encourages students to earn their bachelor degrees.
“We have a program in which students can earn their two-year degree (ADN), proceed to their bachelor degree (BSN) or work after two years and earn a bachelor’s degree while on the job (RN-BSN),” Gregory said.
Students will get hands-on oppor-tunities at The Home Place of Midway, an assisted living facility that is opening across the street from the college.
Along with the academic improvements, Midway has hired its first full-time athletics director, Dr. Jim Tussey, and added archery and golf teams.
The archery team has won a national title, taking home the 3D U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championship in the women’s Hunter Division in October.
These changes have come while the college has kept its original footprint where Midway was founded in 1847.
“This is a beautiful setting,” Gregory said. “We are continuing to nurture Midway College as a place where young women can enjoy a special college experience.”