Marking ten years of higher education in Apple Valley, Minn., Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the City of Apple Valley will be co-hosting a celebratory open house at the Partners in Higher Education building, located at 14200 Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley from 4:30–6 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Saint Mary’s began offering graduate school courses in Apple Valley during the summer and fall of 2003. Since then, Saint Mary’s Apple Valley Center has expanded to include bachelor-completion and master’s degree programs in business and police science as well as advanced degrees in education. Nearly 5,000 students have benefitted from Saint Mary’s presence at the Apple Valley location.

“We’re very pleased to continue our relationship with the City of Apple Valley,” said Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Vice President of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s University. “Serving learners in a variety of locations fits Saint Mary’s mission, and we’re proud to have provided education south of the river for more than 10 years. There are so many great stories of people in that area who have reached their goals with the help of Saint Mary’s.”

The public is invited to this free open house where light refreshments will be provided. A brief program will be held at 5:15 p.m. Remarks will be provided by Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland, Brother Robert, and other area leaders.

About Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. A private Lasallian Catholic institution, Saint Mary’s offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students  are enrolled in the schools of graduate and professional programs, which offers master’s and  doctoral degrees, as well as bachelor’s degree completion, certificate and specialist programs. The university delivers education to adults through campuses in Winona, Minneapolis and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester and Oakdale; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica. Saint Mary’s is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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