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Oct. 31, 2022

Media Advisory: UArizona celebrates expansion of Near You Network into new downtown Chandler space

  • What: Ribbon-cutting for new University of Arizona Near You Network educational space in Chandler
  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Johnathan, 55 N. Arizona Place, Chandler
  • RSVP: To RSVP for the event, email Jason Ground,

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona this week will celebrate an expansion of its operations in the City of Chandler with a ribbon-cutting at The Johnathan, an upscale five-story office building in the city's downtown.

The event will open the doors on approximately 12,000 square feet of space on the third floor, including seven classrooms outfitted with state-of-the-art video and sound systems, plus four conference or huddle rooms, as well as offices, a generous lounge, kitchen and break areas, and an expansive patio area.

The new space will allow the university to offer graduate- and undergraduate-level classes from six colleges – Agriculture and Life Sciences, Education, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Eller College of Management and the James E. Rogers College of Law – as part of the university's Near You Network, which provides affordable, accessible instruction to students across Arizona and beyond, allowing them to earn degrees without ever having to set foot on the University of Arizona main campus.

"The University of Arizona Near You Network is delighted to strengthen the educational partnership with our friends at the City of Chandler to provide expanded learning opportunities to Chandlerites," said Craig Wilson, vice provost of online, distance and continuing education. "As the City of Chandler continues to grow and attract new businesses and families, the Near You Network will continue to provide a solid education and top-level student support for Chandler-based Wildcats."

Previously, the university held in-person classes at the Chandler Community Center, operating off a lease with the city singed in 2012.

Wilson, University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Liesl Folks will speak at the ribbon-cutting, which will be followed by a reception.

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Media contact:
Jason Ground

University Communications

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