South Bend, IN — National College will open its second Indiana campus location this summer in South Bend, offering focused career education in business, computers, and health care. The campus will be located at 1030 E. Jefferson Boulevard, convenient to the city’s central business district and major highways.
"We look forward to opening our South Bend Campus and becoming an integral part of the workforce development and educational resources of the region," said Greg Shields, regional director of operations for National College.
The new campus location represents a nearly $2.5 million investment by National College — all privately funded. Twelve classrooms, a separate medical lab, and three computer classrooms (including an information systems engineering lab) will occupy much of the building’s 36,000 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 area is a good fit for National College,” continued Mr. Shields. “Like many areas of the country, traditional employers in the Michiana area have been hit hard. However, opportunities exist in the new economy: health care and information technology, as well as for trained management, accounting, and administrative professionals with the latest skills in office information systems.”
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 Mr. Shields. “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:
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 Veterans Service Grant and Blue Ribbon Grant recognize the sacrifices made by our country’s military service members and their spouses.
“We were pleased to represent the owner in this sale and are happy to see the facility will again be used for education,” said Chris Davey, SIOR, with Grubb & Ellis|Cressy & Everett, the agency that listed the 1030 E. Jefferson building. “Higher education is key for all people during these challenging economic times and we have no doubt that National College will offer Michiana students a great opportunity.”
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 26 communities through campus locations in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, the College serves more than 12,000 students annually.