June 24, 2008

Hope International University Announces Opening of New Educational Center in Everett, WA

FULLERTON, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hope International University joins the University Center of North Puget Sound in Everett, WA, offering bachelor's degree programs in Human Development (Education or Counseling concentration) and Management beginning in the Fall of 2008. The programs are offered through HIU's School of Professional Studies (SPS).

Like all SPS programs, these degrees are designed for the working adult, offering convenient schedules that enable adult students to maintain full-time employment while achieving a degree from Hope. Courses will be offered online in 5-week modules, with 1 Saturday seminar every 10 weeks. Saturday seminars will be held at the Everett Station in the University Center facilities.

The Human Development program includes concentrations in counseling and education. The Management program focuses on preparing students for work in for-profit, non-profit, and governmental organizations. Both programs are aimed at students who have already completed the first two years of their college education. Everett Community College and Hope International University have signed an agreement that enables students with an associate degree the ability to transfer in with two years of college credit.

President John Derry of Hope International University states, "We are excited to be a part of the University Center and to join such outstanding institutions in offering higher education to adult students in Washington."

Hope International University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and approved to offer degrees in Washington by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Everett Community College administers the University Center of North Puget Sound with a mission to bring bachelor's and master's degree programs to North Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties. "We are pleased to welcome Hope International University as a partner in the University Center," says Christine Kerlin, Executive Director of the University Center. "They are providing a flexible program with on-site student support, both of which are vital ingredients for student success."

The University Center also partners with Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, and Washington State University, all of which offer degree programs through the University Center.

Information sessions for Hope will be held June 26 and August 7 at 6 p.m. at the Everett Station.

For more information about these programs, send e-mail to [email protected], call (866) 95-HOPE1 or (425) 330-6558, or visit http://www.hiu.edu/washington.

Founded in 1928, Hope International University is a regionally accredited private Christian University comprised of three schools: Pacific Christian College, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Professional Studies. The University provides students with a leadership and ethics focused liberal arts education through undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, ministry, music, psychology and counseling, human development and other social sciences. Total University enrollment is approximately 1700 students representing 35 states and 40 countries.

To learn more, please visit the Hope International University website at http://www.hiu.edu/ or contact Mr. David Poole, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at 714.879.3901, x-2401.

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Hope International University

CONTACT: Mr. David Poole, Vice President of Institutional Advancement,Hope International University, +1-714-879-3901, ext 2401