Valparaiso University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer college courses at the new Portage University Center beginning this fall.

Beginning Chinese (first semester) will be offered in fall 2012 and will be available to qualified junior and senior high school students as well as adults who wish to learn Mandarin Chinese. The course is offered for four university credits and prepares students for the second semester of Beginning Chinese, offered for four credits in spring 2013.

This course, taught by a Valparaiso University professor, will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The course may be used for dual credit (for high school and Valpo credit) with approval from Portage High School.

The course Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be offered as an undergraduate and graduate-level course, and is open to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students as a three-credit course. This course, offered Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the center, may apply as elective credit toward undergraduate degrees and several graduate degrees at Valparaiso University.

The new $6.1 million, 32,000-square-foot Portage University Center is located at 6260 Central Ave. in Portage, and will be used in the future for unique course offerings sponsored by the Valparaiso University Graduate School and Office of Continuing Education and other regional colleges and universities.

For more information on tuition rates and how to apply, contact the Graduate School/Continuing Education office by phone at 219.464.5313, or email at

More information about Valpo’s Graduate School and continuing education programs can be found at

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Valparaiso University is a comprehensive independent Lutheran university with more than 4,000 students on its campus located in Northwest Indiana, an hour from Chicago. Valpo is a community of purpose-driven, service-minded and ethical individuals who embrace the pursuit of truth with freedom, humility and compassion. Valpo has been identified as one of the top master’s-level institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine for the past 22 years. Valparaiso University offers 110 undergraduate academic programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering and Nursing. Valpo also has a distinguished honors college, a School of Law and more than 40 degree and certificate programs in its Graduate School and Continuing Education Division. Valpo has been recognized for its commitment to outstanding teaching, preparing thoughtful leaders with strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness, and dedication to serving others.