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June 14, 2007

Purdue's College of Technology to offer course in Shelbyville

Nathan Harter
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Purdue's College of Technology at Greensburg will offer a course in the fall in Shelbyville that focuses on human relations in organizations.

An informational session for those interested in signing up for Organizational Leadership and Supervision 252 will be held 4-7 p.m. July 12 at the Intelliplex Video Conference Center in Shelbyville.

The class is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. Information on fees and how to sign up for the course will be available at the informational session.

Nathan Harter, an associate professor of organizational leadership and supervision at the College of Technology at Greensburg, said OLS 252 is a course that is geared toward adult learners but beneficial to almost anyone.

"OLS 252 is structured for those who haven't been to college in a while, so it's ideal for those adult learners who are thinking of going back to school or for those who would like to take courses to help them in their current jobs," said Harter, who will teach the course. "The subject matter of the course – an exploration of individual and group behavior in organizations and interpersonal and leadership relationships – is relevant to those in a wide variety of professions."

Part of the course will focus on study skills, how to read a textbook and test-taking strategies. In addition to traditional lecture, the class will contain a mix of interactive components, including discussion, group projects and debates, Harter said. The class will meet once a week in the evening at the Intelliplex Video Conference Center, which opened earlier this year.

OLS 252 is considered the introductory course to the organizational leadership and supervision program. The College of Technology at Greensburg and Columbus offers both associate and bachelor's degrees in organizational leadership and supervision.

Harter said OLS 252 will be the first College of Technology course offered in Shelbyville. The decision to offer a course there was based on an assessment the college did in Shelby County that found that residents there would be interested in having easier access to Purdue courses.

"Purdue has a rich history in the southeastern part of Indiana," he said. "The College of Technology has three campuses in that section of the state (Greensburg, Columbus and New Albany), and the college for years has routinely brought courses into workplaces. Shelbyville is closer to our Greensburg location than to any other location in the state, and this is a wonderful way for Purdue to give back to the community while at the same time offering a fantastic opportunity to the residents of Shelby County."

Harter said if there is a strong demand for this course, the Greensburg location would likely offer additional classes to the Shelbyville area in the future.

"We would like to have a steady presence in Shelbyville," he said.

Intelliplex Park was designated as Indiana Certified Technology Park in September 2003. Purdue is connected to the park through the Intelliplex Educational Complex, which features Purdue's regional Technical Assistance Program office. The program helps businesses develop new technology, manufacturing processes and offers managerial assistance. Program leaders work cooperatively with Purdue's Office of Engagement, state agencies and local economic development groups. Combined, these services promote the development of high-tech companies.

In addition to organizational leadership and supervision, Purdue's College of Technology at Columbus and Greensburg offers degree programs in computer and information technology, industrial technology and mechanical engineering technology.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Sources: Nathan Harter, (812) 662-8686,

Valorie Moorman, student services coordinator, (812) 662-8686, 

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