National College Ready for Growth

By Bill Dries

The National College of Business and Technology has a new building with new technology and more classroom space.

Now the for-profit school is waiting for an end to the lull it has seen since summer.

National has been in Memphis since 2005.

The new 15-classroom Thousand Oaks campus at 2576 Thousand Oaks Cove opened for classes in December when it moved from its campus on Lamar Avenue, but marked the formal grand opening just last week.

“It doubles our classroom space with the new building. We’re planning on growth in the campus,” said campus director Noel V. Denney of the 30,000-square-foot facility that currently has approximately 170 students. “A few years ago we had a large influx of individuals. It kind of tapered off quite a bit after that. That bubble had gotten through the system last summer. … We’re starting to see the student body grow again.”

National also has a campus in Bartlett.

The new Memphis campus offers associate degrees in eight fields across business, computers and health care and most of the school’s work is with those earning associate’s degrees in logistics and allied health care.

“I would say it’s pretty much 50-50 between allied health, and primarily those programs are surgical technology, health information, pharmacy technology and medical assisting,” Denney said of one half of the split. “And on our business side we have logistics or supply chain management, accounting management – those are our big programs.”

The Thousand Oaks location includes four computer labs, a medical lab and a surgical technology suite.

Meanwhile, Southwest Tennessee Community College recently opened a new technology center on its Macon Road campus.

The lab devoted to testing information technology and developing new products and services is a partnership with Inventory Locator Service LLC, a subsidiary of The Boeing Co.

ILS also sponsors an endowed scholarship at Southwest in the name of Minnie Ash who was the first president of the company and a SWTCC graduate.