Brescia University to add new Ag degree and residence halls

September 6, 2018 | 1:26 pm

Updated September 10, 2018 | 10:41 pm

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Brescia University announced a new academic program and the construction of two new residence halls today at the Chamber of Commerce Rooster Booster breakfast.

In collaboration with Owensboro Community & Technical College’s associate of applied science in agricultural studies program, Brescia will offer a complete Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business. This is the only four-year institution to offer a transfer degree for OCTC’s agricultural studies program.

“The Agriculture Business major is a fitting new addition to Brescia’s academic offerings,” Fr. Larry Hostetter said. “There is no greater human service than providing food to another, and this degree option will enable this service in a rewarding career option for our graduates.”

Father Larry Hostetter also announced that the two-year construction project would begin on two new residence halls on Brescia’s campus, one in the 600 block of St. Ann Street, and the second will be located on 8th Street. Both halls will be two-story buildings, adding 70 to 80 beds.

“This was a little bit of a leap for us,” Father Hostetter said at Rooster Booster.

Brescia announced last week that they have their largest freshman class — 230 students — since the 1977 freshman class, which was 199 students. Father Hostetter said that 319 students are living on campus this year and current residence halls only have 319 beds. With the growing enrollment, Father Hostetter said it was necessary to fast-track plans to build new residence halls.

Construction on the first residence hall is scheduled to begin immediately and conclude prior to Aug. 1, 2019.  

September 6, 2018 | 1:26 pm

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