New Location Offers Additional Support for Working Professionals in the Triangle

RALEIGH, January 22, 2009 — Post-secondary enrollment is expected to reach 19.9 million by 2015, reports the U.S. Department of Education. As these students work 40 hours a week or more and spend time with their families, some might find it hard to focus on their school work with so many obligations and distractions. To help accommodate working students in the Triangle, University of Phoenix is opening a new learning center, located in Brier Creek at 8045 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite #100 in Raleigh (off the I-540).

"There has been a huge demand for educational opportunities in the Triangle area," said David Fitzgerald, University of Phoenix - Raleigh Campus Director. "University of Phoenix has been present in Raleigh for almost four years and we want to provide services where our students live. Our goal is to provide quality education and to continue opening locations that are at a close distance from each student within the next couple of years."

The Learning Center at Brier Creek will provide on-ground classes and it is designed to enhance the student experience and provide a quiet place between their homes and offices to study or meet with team members. The 15,000-sq.-ft. facility can accommodate approximately 600 students at a time and is equipped with 18 computer stations to access rEsource, the University's electronic portal that contains all the materials needed to complete one's courses. As an added benefit for students, the University will allow printing and copying of materials at no cost.

In addition to meeting individual needs for study space, the learning center caters to learning teams by offering conference rooms and four learning team areas. University of Phoenix assigns group activities to promote teamwork among students, who bring varied experiences and learning styles to each project, and simulate the workplace setting. Though it is a learning environment with modern technology and meeting areas, the neighborhood surroundings also offer a comfortable space to relax in or socialize with fellow classmates. Students looking for study breaks can take advantage of the Bull City Room, a sitting area with a television where students can relax before class and during breaks.

For potential students who are thinking about enrolling in the associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree programs, the learning center offers on-site counseling. The counselors assist students in the application process for admission to the school and for potential grants or scholarships as well as guide interested individuals through their programs until they graduate - starting with the selection of a degree program and type of instruction that fits one's learning styles, whether online, face-to-face, or a combination of both.

The Brier Creek Learning Center will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is the seventh University of Phoenix location in North Carolina. The University has campuses in Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as learning centers in Charlotte, Greensboro and Fayetteville. Plans for an additional location in Asheville are currently underway.

Students who would like more information about the University of Phoenix Learning Center at Brier Creek in Raleigh should call 919-854-2121


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of November 30, 2008, 384, 900 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Wendy Paul