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Educational Opportunities

Adult Degree Program
The Adult Degree Program provides adults over 25 years old with the opportunity to continue their education in a program that addresses individualized needs, goals, and time schedules. JMU faculty members help each student create an individualized program that incorporates a professional core concentration of at least 30 credit hours and includes all the elements necessary to earn a bachelor's degree.
Contact: (540) 568-4253

Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition at the College of Education
Featuring over 100 artworks created by area PreK-12 youth from local public and private schools, the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition is located on the first floor of Memorial Hall, for ten months of each calendar year. Open daily during regular building hours.

Best Fit
The "Behavioral, Emotional and Social Training for Infants and Toddlers" (BEST FIT) program assists child care providers with the resources that enhance the healthy social, emotional, and behavioral development of the infants and toddlers in their care. BEST FIT fosters improved early childhood development leading to improved school readiness.
Contact: (540) 568-5007

Certificate and Endorsement Programs
A wide variety of certificate and endorsement programs are available through JMU's Outreach and Engagement.
Contact: (540) 568-4253

Child Development Clinic (CDC)
The CDC provides individualized evaluations that may include psychological, medical, educational, social work,and occupational therapy components depending upon the specialized needs of the child/adolescent. The CDC assists families in decisions that promise to best benefit their child.
Contact: (540) 568-6687

College for Kids
College for Kids is an enrichment program for children grades 5-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had!
Contact: (540) 568-4253

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Summer Camps and Weekend Programs for the community include the Summer for the Arts Children's Camp, Brass Bash, Double Reed Day and Tri State Jazz Festival.

Dual Enrollment programs
Programs where select high-school students may take college-level courses for full college credit.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Outdoor botanical garden and natural forest emphasizing native plant species of the mid-Appalachian region.

Furious Flower Poetry Center summer camp
Local children are invited to hear and read poems by poets from all kinds of different cultures, write their own poetry and have a chance to perform their poetry.

Gus Bus Early Learning Program
This grant-funded mobile literacy program brings books and literacy skills to low-income neighborhoods and day care centers in the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham and Page Counties.

Health Bites
Health Bites is an educational website that is being developed for the Virginia Department of Health and USDA's Women, INfants, and Children Program to impact behavioral change in families of young children relative to nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention.
Contact: (540) 568-2557

Home Visiting Consortium
The Home Visiting Consortium is a state-wide consortium focused on the education and training of Virginia's home health workforce.
Contact: (540) 568-8849

Interprofessional Services for Learning Assessment (ISLA)
ISLA offers diagnostic evaluation, consultation, and support services for adults enrolled in a college or university to build on strengths, identify areas of need, and design positive ways to promote meaningful learning and educational experiences.
Contact: (540) 568-1735

John C. Wells Planetarium
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the school year. The shows are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.
Contact: Shanil Virani

Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI)
The Lifelong Learning Institute, a partnership between JMU and adults over the age of 50 from the region, offers participants college level courses on a non-credit basis.

Masks from Around the World Collection at the College of Education
Featuring 50 masks, this collection was donated to the College for use by its students interested in studying the interplay between cultural ideals and masks. The collection includes masks used in performance, masks of Asia, and masks of Europe. Located in lobby of War Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Hall, the collection is open to public during regular building hours.

Mine Action Information Center
A public policy center that manages information and conducts training relevant to humanitarian mine clearance, victim assistance, mine risk reduction and other land mine-related issues.

Mineral Museum
The Mineral Museum is located in Room 6139 of Memorial Hall, and the public is welcome to view it Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It features over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world.

Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs
The institute conducts ongoing research and analysis projects, writes for publications and coordinates the Guardian Lecture Series in an effort to inform the public about topics of global concern (i.e. terrorism, United Nations, international ideologies.)

OT Clinical Education Services
A pediatric occupational therapy practice established to address gaps in locally available services. This clinic offers teaching, research, and practice opportunities and expands the inter-professional education and practice capacities of the university.
Contact: (540) 568-2642

Professional Development opportunities
JMU's Outreach and Engagement offers non-credit professional development opportunities, including: Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Workforce Development, Home Visiting Consortium and the Non-Profit Institute

Contact: (540) 568-4253

Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program
SVMEP offers year-round advocacy and supplemental instructional services for preschool and school-aged eligible students as well as young adults, targeting those most at risk due to their high mobility and/or limited proficiency in English.
Contact: (540) 568-3666

Skyline Literacy
Skyline Literacy tutors adult learners in English-speaking or basic literacy skills.  Offering one-on-one tutoring, as well as classes and small groups.  In order to volunteer as a tutor, a two-day tutor training class is required. Please visit the Web site for upcoming training sessions dates. Volunteers are also needed as tutor assistants, childcare workers, and computer lab monitors.  Please call or email for more information.
Contact: (540) 433-0505,

Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley
Smart Beginnings enhances development from birth to 5 years old. SBSV works with parents, child care professionals, business leaders, schools, faith-based organizations and government officials from across seven counties in the Valley
Contact: (540) 568-8968

TECHfacturing is a summer day camp for kids in grades 5-8 offered in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College. TECHfacturing allows students to experience activities in engineering and manufacturing, and allows students to tour local manufacturing facilities.
Contact: (540) 568-4253

Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The TTP Program helps teenagers make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors, such as sexual activity, and drug and alcohol use by presenting quality school- and community-based prevention services.
Contact: (540) 568-6007

The James Madison Center
Located in Johnston Hall, the center serves as a repository for information on Madison's life and times (1751-1836) as well as that of the Federalist Era.

The Reading Road Show
A literacy program serving Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and Page County through two mobile literacy vehicles, the Gus Bus and the Paige Bus. These vehicles provide story time, activities, and book checkout for children while also serving as contact points for information on resources families need.
Contact: (540) 568-5814

VA/DC First Lego League
First Lego League provides students age 9-14 with an opportunity to challenge their math and science skills in an internationally recognized competitive environment. FLL combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program with a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to 10 players focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking to develop a well thought out solution to a problem currently facing the world - the Challenge.
Contact: (540) 568-4913

VMRC-JMU Partnership
This partnership between the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and JMU aims to foster excellence and innovation in the field of aging/gerontology while building university-community partnerships that are responsive to the communities represented and served.
Contact: Joann Hess Grayson (faculty) office phone: +1 540 568 6482 e-mail:

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