PARKERSBURG - A new career college in Parkersburg is offering area residents short-term diplomas for long-term careers.
National College plans to offer classes at its newly-established Parkersburg campus this month, offering educational opportunities in business, computers and health care.
The new campus location represents a nearly $1.5 million investment by National College-all privately funded, according to National College's director of communications, Chuck Steenburgh.
Seven classrooms, a separate medical lab with pharmacy station, three computer classrooms and an information systems engineering lab will occupy much of the campus' 22,000 square feet of space. A library, student lounge, career center, book store and administrative and teaching office space are also planned.
The campus will occupy a portion of an existing free-standing building at the Park Shopping Center, which has just been renovated by the college. The campus will offer a variety of diploma and associate degree programs in the fields of health care, business, and information technology that can be completed in nine months.
"National College offers programs taught by professionals with real-world experience," said Jeff Noland, Parkersburg's campus director. "Through small class sizes and a hands-on curriculum, our graduates have a competitive edge."
The college offers more than 40 academic programs including a master's of business administration, seven bachelor's degrees and numerous associate degree and diploma programs.
Meeting the workforce needs of 29 communities through campus locations in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, the college serves more than 10,000 students annually.