HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 14, 2011 – High Point University officially broke ground on the $10 million, 31,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, LEED certified School of Education. The building will open in August 2012.
“HPU continues to build facilities that foster extraordinary learning opportunities,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “Our growing School of Education will use this new building to better prepare our students for their careers in education.”
For each of the last two years, a High Point University graduate has been named Rookie Teacher of the Year by Guilford County Schools.
The School of Education will border Zenith Lane, Fifth Street and University Avenue and will accommodate the growing education program at HPU, which has a strong emphasis in literacy instruction, technology integration, collaboration and interdisciplinary curriculum. The Georgian-style two-story building will feature technologically advanced classrooms, computer labs and offices. It will also have its own resource center, library and study lounge.
The new building is being constructed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. The certification, which is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) provides certain sustainable building design and construction criteria to minimize energy consumption and environmental impact.
The faculty of HPU’s education program is committed to producing knowledgeable and skilled classroom teachers who are successful leaders both in and out of the classroom. The school currently offers four undergraduate degrees, six teaching licenses and four graduate degree programs in fields ranging from elementary, middle and secondary education to physical education and special education.
It also puts its students into real classrooms in local schools to gain experience and to give back. Students in the School of Education will be working in many Guilford County Schools this year, including Montlieu Elementary Academy of Technology. HPU and Montlieu Elementary have formed a special partnership that put iPads in the elementary school’s classroom. Now, students from the School of Education will assist children in these classrooms throughout the year.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
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