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1186 Highway 45 Bypass
Jackson, TN 38301
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West Tennessee Business College

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Introduction

Students who are searching for a business college that is totally dedicated to providing world class and relevant career education to its students should consider attending West Tennessee Business College (also referred to as WTBC).

West Tennessee Business College is an institution that is dedicated to offering top notch and very relevant career education for its students and in order to achieve this task, WTBC simply adapts its academic programs in order to suit the ever changing demands of today’s business environment and the student’s needs. WTBC’s responsiveness to the community and to its students has resulted in a progressive learning environment where the students can easily arm themselves with the necessary tools to succeed in the workplace.

West Tennessee Business College’s objectives are to help students to achieve a superb level of occupational expertise, to help students in developing an understanding of the subject-matter in areas of specialization. WTBC’s objectives also include instilling in students the yearning of continued education, to keep their programs flexible enough in order to be adaptable to various career preferences and abilities of its students and to create an environment of good fellowship that is favorable to students’ leadership skills and personality development.

West Tennessee Business College’s faculty is one that consists of experts who have very extensive experience in every specialized field – WTBC’s instructors are known to practice exactly what they teach!

A supportive classroom atmosphere permit personalized training and individual attention. Classrooms at West Tennessee Business College houses modern equipment; thus, creating a truly realistic work environment for hands-on training. WTBC’s curriculum is career-oriented and is also enhanced by its externships, designed in to prepare students for work in their chosen career. Students who wish to realize their career goals will get all the training that they will need at West Tennessee Business College.

Academics

For more than one hundred years, West Tennessee Business College is an institution that is known for offering only top notch education to its students who seek relevant career training. Their programs are specifically designed in order to provide students with the expertise that is definitely necessary to meet the high demands of today’s fast-paced and cutthroat labor market. The need for well qualified workers for districts of West Tennessee and Jackson was realized in 1888 and the Jackson School of Business was established in order to fulfil this need. This institution specialized in offering its students just business courses; The 3 R’s, reading, rithmetic and riting; in addition to this, the school also offered bookkeeping and spelling.

Another business institution was established in Jackson in 1923 and was named The West Tennessee Business College. The school was situated in Montgomery Ward’s former building at the east turning of College & Liberty streets. The college was moved to the Elks Building’s 3rd floor located on Baltimore Street in 1928. The West Tennessee Business College as it is known today was established when the Jackson School of Business and the West Tennessee Business College both merged in 1929.

The reason why WTBC’s name was retained was due to the fact that a lot of the students attending the college were residents of the neighbouring towns outside Madison and Jackson County. In 1958, WTBC was relocated again when a property was bought on East Main Street. West Tennessee Business College was bought by New World Corp, Anniston, Alabama in 1977 and in 1981 WTBC moved to its current site on the Highway 45 Bypass.

Programs Offered

West Tennessee Business College’s curriculum is specially designed in order to meet the requirements of new and growing industries and businesses in West Tennessee. The College’s curriculum also include Diploma courses in Administrative assistant, Medical Assisting, Professioanl Medical Coding, Manicure, Cosmetology, Esthetician and Medical Office Specialist.

West Tennessee Business College’s Associate of Applied Science degrees can be earned in Administrative Assistance and Medical Administrative Assistant.

WTBC’s annual enrollment is over 300!

Accreditation

West Tennessee Business College is an accredited institution and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools.

WTBC is also authorized by Tennessee Higher Education Commission – the authorization is reviewed every year and is based on assessment by minimum criteria concerning health & safety, quality education, economic responsibility and ethical & business practices.

WTBC is licensed by the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology.

Facilities & Equipments

Because West Tennessee Business College is located on the Highway 45 Bypass, it sure makes the college accessible to both students and visitors. WTBC occupies about 17,000 sq ft of space, students with their own cars will be glad to know that there is ample parking space on campus.

WTBC provides a well stocked bookstore, library, student center and vending area for students’ convenience. WTBC‘s computer courses provide students with competitive edge that is required in today’s employment market. Latest learning equipment at West Tennessee Business College includes computer work stations for students and instructor demonstration equipment as well. The most advanced computer applications, operations and concepts are presented in order to meet the IT management challenges in today’s offices. The students also get to work with electronic keyboards, calculators and transcribing equipment.

WTBC has 2 state of the art labs, the College’s remodelled Cosmetology Dept. has a six cubicle esthetician service area, full service manicure and pedicure studio and a 20 station hair styling department. WTBC’s Cosmetology Dept, also has practical training areas and modern classroom.

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Admissions

Students applying to West Tennessee Business College must do the following:

  • Be interviewed by WTBC’s admissions representative
  • Sit for a placement test and should meet at least Career Programs Assessment Test (CAPt) composite score of 140. Please Note: Students applying to enroll for WTBC’s Medical Assisting Program should have a scaled score of 50 (or even higher) on the mathematics part of the CAPt. In case an applicant fails to meet the minimum CAPt prerequisite, he or she may retake the test after a period of 30 days and should present a documentation of tutorial work done. If an applicant who is enrolling for WTBC’s Medical Assisting program succeeds in meeting the CAPt’s minimum composite score of 140 but fails to make the scaled score of 50 on the mathematics part of the test, he or she may retake the test after 30 days and should present a documentation of the mathematics tutorial work done. Please Note: The retesting must be done before the student commence classes.
  • Applicants must be over the age of essential high school attendance and should also present proof of their high school graduation or present their General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Important Note: Applicants with a special education diploma, GED correspondence diploma and Certificates of Attendance will not be accepted for admission into West Tennessee Business College. Only state approved accredited correspondence high school diplomas will be accepted upon approval by the institution’s Academic Dean.

    Financial Aid

    Students who want to apply for financial aid are required to do so through West Tennessee Business College’s Financial Aid Office. The institution’s Financial Aid advisors will provide applicants with comprehensive information and the necessary financial application forms as well. West Tennessee Business College chooses to verify 100 percent of all paperwork of Title IV financial aid beneficiaries. Due to WTBC’s policy, all the necessary documentation and forms should be submitted to the institution’s Financial Aid Office before financial assistance will be awarded. If financial aid is the only funds that will be used to pay for tuition and other charges, all financial aid awards MUST be settled before the student start classes. Applicants should note that tuition and other fees are their responsibility. Financial aid should be considered as a means to assist with learning costs.

    Financial Aid Available

    Financial aid programs available at West Tennessee Business College include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants, Tennessee Student Assistance Awards and much more.

    West Tennessee Business College award up to fifty thousand dollars each year to applicants who are eligible; applicants are assessed based on their financial needs, recommendations of teachers and or other well known people in the community and their CAPt scores. A committee that consists of the institution’s Academic Dean, Fiscal Officer and College Director make the ultimate decision concerning scholarships. WTBC’s scholarships are awarded to prospective high school graduates and adults who desire to continue their education.

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    Additional School Information

    West Tennessee Business College does not have student housing facilities, so students will need to search for accommodation close to campus.

    The College provides access for disabled students. Wheelchair ramps can be found at the building’s North & South ends. Handicap bathrooms have also been made available and are located at the building’s South end. The building’s North end is where the handicap parking is located and West Tennessee Business College also has hallways with extended width.

    Students may eat their meals in the institution’s Student Center or in the picnic areas located outside the building. Students are not allowed to order for meals from food establishments because hot and cold meals can be bought at the Student Center.

    Bibliography

    • WTBC Catalog ”West Tennessee Business College General Catalog”. Volume XVII, Number 1. 2010-2011.
    • West Tennessee Business College website. ”Our History & Future”. 2011.
    • Campus Explorer, Inc. ”West Tennessee Business College School Description”. 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 45th in Tennessee and 1836th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary N/A N/A
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest N/A N/A

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 470 0.71
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
    Forcible Rape 43 0.07
    Robbery 156 0.24
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 1,126 1.71
    Larceny 2,397 3.64
    Vehicle theft 223 0.34

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Jackson, TN 38301
    Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
    Total Population40,000 (31,726 urban / 8,274 rural)
    Households15,723 (2.42 people per house)
    Median Household Income$26,549
    Families10,193 (3.01 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Private For-profit
    UndergraduateAssociates
    GraduateN/A
    Undergraduate PopulationHigher full-time two-year
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
    Size & SettingVery small two-year

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringAssociate's degree
    Calendar SystemContinuous
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District4708

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
    College Prep. CompletionN/A
    RecommendationsN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/A
    TOEFLN/A
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm CapacityN/A
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Most Popular Programs

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 67 2 77 147
    Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 4 4
    Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 3 6 9
    Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 13 1 4 19
    Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 2 4 6
    Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 4 3 7
    Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 3 13 16
    Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 3 2 5
    Medical/Clinical Assistant 39 1 41 81
    Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist
    Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 4802nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $30,589 ($54,087 male / $28,637 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 10 (1 male / 9 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 13
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
    Total Benefits N/A

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