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U-District Enrollment Soars, Spurs Move

The Whitworth in the Evening program's enrollment has more than quadrupled -- from 24 to 100-plus students -- in the months since it opened its campus in Spokane's downtown U-District. Now, the program has moved to a new space at 534 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Classes began there in August.

The downtown venue offers easy access and convenience for residents of Spokane Valley, Airway Heights and Spokane's South Hill, who no longer have to drive to Whitworth's main campus in north Spokane, says Cheryl Vawter, '94, director of administrative services in graduate and continuing studies at Whitworth.

"One of the key factors in adults' ability to complete their degrees is convenient access to evening programs," Vawter says. "The downtown location opens up that opportunity to a much broader audience. It's important for Whitworth to be an active part of the University District and to increase its public exposure so that more people become aware of what Whitworth is and what we have to offer."

Vawter also attributes increased enrollment to the current economic recession, which has prompted many people to upgrade their educational credentials to enhance their job security or employability.

Whitworth's downtown campus provides all of the services students need to attend classes, including advising and books (which are included in tuition). The office has two advisors, a receptionist, and faculty on days that classes are scheduled. Regular office hours are 3:30-6 p.m., Mon.-Thurs., with other times by appointment.


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