National College to Open New Campus in Ohio

ROANOKE, VA—National College ( today announces plans to establish its sixth Ohio campus in Willoughby Hills. The college, which established its first northeast Ohio campuses in 2007 in Stow and Youngstown, will bring new workforce development opportunities to Lake County and the surrounding region. The first classes at the new campus are projected to start in December 2009.

Student inquiries from the Cleveland area have been fairly strong, and motivated the decision to open the Willoughby Hills Campus. “Students seek out National College because of our focused, ‘no-fluff’ curricula and our emphasis on preparing our graduates for successful careers in today’s job market,” said Gregory Shields, National College’s regional director of operations for Ohio and Indiana. “A number of students from the area currently attend our Stow Campus, and inquiries from the region have been increasing steadily. It makes sense for us to open a new campus in Lake County.”

The new Cleveland Area Campus will be located at 27557 Chardon Road. Approximately 20,700 square feet will be renovated by the college at a cost of approximately $750,000. Class offerings at the campus will initially consist of eight associate degree programs as well as short-term diploma programs in business, computers, and health care.

“Ohio’s workforce continues to transition away from heavy manufacturing and toward growing fields such as health care and information technology,” says National College President Frank Longaker. “We look forward to continuing to help meet the workforce needs of the Buckeye State.”

National established its first Ohio campus, in Dayton, in 2004. Today, a total of five campuses (the others being located in Cincinnati and Columbus) serve more than 2,500 students, and have conferred degrees and diplomas upon more than 650 graduates since 2005. National’s Ohio campuses also provide employment for more than 100 full-time faculty and staff, and nearly 300 part-time faculty members.

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 25 communities through campus locations in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, the College serves more than 10,000 students annually.

Initial Programs to be Offered:

Associate Degrees

  • Business Administration (Accounting or Management)
  • Administrative Office Professional
  • Computer Applications Technology
  • Information Systems Engineering
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacy Technician


  • Accounting
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Business Administration
  • Desktop Support

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