Statement issued Friday:
National College (www.national-college.edu) will open a campus location this fall in Fort Wayne, offering focused career education in business, computers, and health care. The campus will be located at 6130 North Clinton Street, near the I-69/469 split in northern Fort Wayne.
"We are happy to establish a new campus in Fort Wayne and look forward to contributing to what we believe will be a positive rebound in hiring in the Tri-State area," said Frank Longaker, National College president.
The new campus location represents a nearly $1.5 million investment by National College – all privately funded.
Twelve classrooms, a separate medical lab with pharmacy station, three computer classrooms, and an information systems engineering lab will occupy much of the building's 18,000 square feet of space.
A library, student lounge, career center, book store, and administrative & teaching office space are also planned.
The campus will initially employ about 10 full-time staff and faculty, all of whom will be recruited from the local area. As enrollment grows to a projected 400-500 students within the first two years of operation, employment will rise accordingly.
"The importance of Fort Wayne as a regional center for health care and business services drives strong demand in the fields National College is renowned for," continued President Longaker.
"Opportunities in health care and information technology, as well as for trained management, accounting, and administrative professionals with the latest skills in office information systems, are already beginning to rebound and we expect employment growth in these fields to be strong within one to two years."
The campus will offer a variety of short-term programs in the fields of health care, business, and information technology.
"National College offers programs that give graduates the education and skills needed to land jobs in high-growth career fields," added President Longaker. "Through small class sizes, instructors with real-world experience, and a hands-on curriculum, our graduates have a competitive edge even in a tough job climate."
The campus will initially offer short-term programs, which can be completed in as few as 9-12 months, with associate degree programs to be offered in the near future. Programs to be offered include:
Medical Office Specialist
Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Office Assistant
National College's programs prepare students for employment in career fields projected for higher than average growth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For many career fields, the college's curricula prepare students for career-specific certification exams.
National College is a Microsoft IT Academy, offering information technology students access to the latest resources and software from the world's largest supplier of computer software.
Financial aid is available for students who qualify.
In addition to federal financial aid programs, National College provides more than $3 million each academic year in scholarships and grants.
Innovative programs like the Workforce Development Grant and Business Partnership Grant—both National College exclusives—contribute to workforce development, while the college's Armed Services Recognition Grant and Blue Ribbon Grant recognize the sacrifices made by our country's military service members and their spouses.
Founded in 1886, National College is dedicated to the training and education of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of fields in business, computers, and health care. The College offers more than 40 academic programs including a master of business administration, seven bachelor's degrees, and numerous associate degree and diploma programs. Meeting the workforce needs of 27 communities through campus locations in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, the College serves more than 12,000 students annually.