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Coppin State University's College of Business now offering classes at New Psalmist Baptist Church's Holy City of Zion

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In a move to make a career-advancing business education accessible to more Baltimore-area residents, Coppin State University's College of Business will begin offering business courses at New Psalmist Baptist Church.

Led by Bishop Walter S. Thomas, New Psalmist Baptist Church is home to some 7,000 members.

Its campus, the Holy City of Zion, is located in Northeast Baltimore's Seton Business Park, and features a 275,000-square-foot ministry facility that boasts a 4,000-seat sanctuary, banquet hall, multiple classrooms, parking for approximately 1,100 vehicles and more.

Set to begin in fall 2012, classes will cover topics such as management, marketing, accounting, entertainment management and management information systems, for both degree and non-degree-seeking students.

Meeting Students Where They Live

Throughout the state of Maryland and beyond, Coppin State University is recognized for its valuable contribution to academic achievement for the past 114 years, offering a personalized, holistic, hands-on education that builds confidence, empowers and gives students the tools to hit the ground running in real-world environments.

The new partnership between Coppin State University and New Psalmist Baptist Church is designed to meet students where they live, whether they are members of the church or live in neighboring communities.

The same full-time business faculty that teach at Coppin State University's North Avenue campus will teach classes at the Holy City of Zion, offering the same level of academic excellence as Coppin State University's main campus.

Students unable to attend classes can take advantage of convenient online courses that utilize the latest technologies, enabling students with career and family obligations to work on their own time while still benefiting from real-time interactions with professors and classmates.

"A Unique Relationship"

"This is a unique relationship," said Dr. Ronald C. Williams, Chair of Coppin State University's Department of Management and Marketing. "The church is strategically located in a business park that gives us a reach into the business community, the people who attend the church every Sunday, as well as the surrounding communities where residents can take advantage of the educational opportunity."

Dr. Sadie Gregory, Dean of Coppin State University's College of Business, agrees.

"The collaboration between College of Business and the New Psalmist Baptist Church is the link we need to help build our communities," she said.

"The church is focusing on faith and family finances which include affordable educational opportunities," Dr. Williams added. "Partnering with New Psalmist provides a tremendous opportunity to tie into (support) Bishop Thomas's vision of economic empowerment."

Discount for New Psalmist Members

New Psalmist members will receive a tuition discount of more than one-third off the regular price per semester. (New Psalmist students will be exempt from many of the fees associated with taking classes at Coppin's main campus, resulting in a savings of more than one-third the regular price per semester.)

All students must be admitted using Coppin State University admission criteria in order to take advantage of the program. The university will hold admission and financial aid workshops for prospective students at the church.

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