Mercer to Host Henry County Community Partnership Development Day on March 20


McDONOUGH – Mercer University will host Henry County Community Partnership Development Day March 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the University's Regional Academic Center located at 160 Henry Parkway in McDonough.

Mercer has invited industry leaders, city and county officials and other community stakeholders for a presentation on the University's collaborative efforts and educational offerings in Henry County. President William D. Underwood will highlight several initiatives designed to strengthen the University's community partnerships and service to students.

“Mercer University's commitment to Henry County and the surrounding region spans almost two decades,” said Dr. Penny Elkins, senior vice president for enrollment management. “This event highlights all that Mercer offers in terms of educational opportunity and economic development, and we are hopeful that community members will join us to celebrate this strong community partnership.”

Guests will have the opportunity to attend small-group sessions on topics that are aligned with the needs of Henry County industries and organizations, such as innovation and entrepreneurship, business, technology, health sciences, public and human services, teacher education and educational leadership, leadership and administration, and interpersonal communication.

Additionally, Mercer will honor the work and commitment of the Henry County Veterans Support Group with a donation of office furniture and computers to support its Veterans House and Service Center currently under construction.

Mercer was designated Georgia's first Purple Heart University in April 2015 for the University's commitment to assist military-connected prospective students through the enrollment process for traditional, non-traditional and graduate programs. The University also has been named a Military Friendly School, a designation reserved for the top 15 percent of universities and technical schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and family members as students and ensure their success on campus.

Mercer opened the 30,000-square-foot Henry County Regional Academic Center in 2003. Undergraduate programs offered in Henry County or online through the center include criminal justice leadership, communication, homeland security and emergency management, early childhood/special education, early learning and development, general business, marketing, management, human services, informatics, liberal studies, middle grades education, healthcare leadership, organizational leadership, and psychology. Graduate programs offered in Henry County or online through the center include criminal justice and public safety leadership, early childhood education, educational leadership, health informatics, human services, and organizational development and change, as well as teacher certification programs and a pre-nursing non-degree program.

For more information on the Henry County Regional Academic Center and its programs, call (678) 547-6454 or (678) 547-6100.