The Marlboro College Graduate Center is pleased to announce a first ever bachelor¹s degree program to begin in September. Thedegree, according to Admissions Director Margaret J. Donahue,, will be inManaging Information Systems (MIS), which will combine technology and business to produce problem solvers in the world of technology. ³Thisprogram will include a lot of hands on work,² Donahue said of the 60-credit, wholly online bachelor¹s program.According to Donahue, graduates who come out of the program with a MIS degree will have the potential to cut across a broad range of professional job opportunities.Some graduates will be able to apply their skills to fields they are already working in while others could go on to help businesses to developonline strategies either as employees or consultants. Known for its masters degree programs, this is the first bachelor¹s degree program the Graduate Center has ever offered.Students who enroll in the MIS program must have either an associate¹s degree or 60 college credits. ³This is mostly for people who have had technology backgrounds but are finding thatthey need a degree to continue on in their fields,² Donahue said. ³They can come here with any combination of credits or certificates and they don¹t necessarily need a technology background.² Donahue said what will make the program different is that students will learn from online classrooms entirely. ³It¹s a two-year program but something they can also do part time,² she said. ³It¹s very flexible so that people can continue to work in their fields and work on their coursework at night.²Though new this year, Donahue said many students have already signed up for the program, which could include students across the country. And for local students, they will have the additional benefit of the Graduate Center facility and equipment at their disposal as part of the program, according to Donahue. An open house has been set for Wednesday, July 31 at the Graduate Center on Vernon Street in Brattleboro where prospective students will be able to get a closer look at the MIS bachelor¹s degree program.That open house will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and is open to the public without reservation. The Graduate Center of Marlboro College also providesfour yearlong master’s degree programs — Systems Integration Management, Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. The Technology Center also features an incubator for start-up and existing technology companies and a launch pad for Graduate Center alumni with viable business plans for new tech companies. For more information on any Graduate Center programs or the new bachelor¹s degree program visit www.gradcenter.marlboro.edu(link is external) or call (888) 258-5665.