Brown Mackie College—Merrillville has a long and rich history. The school started in 1890 as LaPorte Business College and later changed its named to Commonwealth Business College. In 1919, the school became Reese School of Business and remained so for many decades. In 1975, the name reverted to Commonwealth Business College, and in 1984, a second location was added that is now the current Merillville campus. In 1995, this location became part of the Commonwealth Business College Education Corporation, and in 1998 the school moved into its present location in the Twin Towers business complex of Merrillville, Indiana.
The school is now part of the Brown Mackie network of schools, providing students with career oriented courses of study in healthcare, business, nursing, and legal studies. Certificates, diplomas, two year degrees and four year degrees are earned, giving students the opportunities to stay current with their fields of interest or to learn a whole new skill set.
Business and Technology
The General Business certificate offers courses on business ownership, marketing, personnel, and finance, accounting theories and principles, and computer operations and programs. The certificate prepares students to be executive assistants, bookkeepers, customer service and banking representatives, and sales assistants.
The Business Administration bachelor of science degree combines the Business Management courses with specialized classwork in business law, human resources, and small business management. This degree will prepare graduates for entry-level management positions and even more advanced leadership positions in a large or small business.
The Business Management associate of applied science degree offers the same courses plus accounting and business decision-making and development of small business courses. Graduates are prepared for jobs as an office manager, human resources or marketing associate, and account representative. The office management associate degree offers instruction on applying software products to business problems, general business courses, and effective communication for an office setting, preparing students for entry level jobs in human resources, or as an office manager, account representative, or marketing associate.
Healthcare and Wellness
The Medical Assistant certificate, offering courses in the structure and function of the body, routine procedures for a physical exam, and automated scheduling and billing procedures, prepare students for entry level jobs under the direct supervision of a physician or medical office manager.
An associate of applied science degree is offered upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. This degree will prepare graduates to work under the supervision of a full therapist as rehabilitative treatments are performed on disabled patients to improve the quality of life.
The associate of science in Surgical Technology is for students who wish to work in an entry level job in an operating room. Students will take classes on the human body and in surgical techniques to prepare to work under the supervision of a surgeon.
The Criminal Justice Specialist certificate program offers courses in guidelines for law enforcement officers, criminal law, and legal research and writing. Those who earn the certificate can go on to a criminal justice degree, or if the student already has a degree or work experience, it can be used for a career change.
The Paralegal Assistant certificate involves studying legal research and honing writing skills to become part of a legal team working in a legal office.
The Criminal Justice associate in applied business degree provides training in guidelines for law enforcement officers, criminal and other areas of law, and an understanding of police agencies, defense and prosecution, and judge and juries. Those earning this degree are qualified for jobs in corrections, investigations, juvenile law, and security.
Those pursuing the bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice will have the ability to help uphold the justice system and have a career in a legal field.
The Paralegal associate in applied business degree offers courses in legal research and writing, application of the principles of law, and drafting basic contracts and other legal documents. Paralegals are prepared for entry level jobs under the supervision of an attorney and perform much of the background work for a law firm or agency.
Earning a bachelor of science in Nursing will give current registered nurses the chance to gain knowledge that will allow for career advancement in this field. Students will enroll in general education and professional skills classes as they learn about this important healthcare industry.
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Those applying must submit proof of graduation from an accredited high school or state-approved secondary curriculum, or a GED. Admission factors include student’s academic record and career interests. Some of the degree programs may have special enrollment requirements so be sure to contact the school directly before applying.
As soon as students are accepted, they should apply for financial aid, as some aid may be limited. Financial aid counselors are available to guide students through the process of identifying appropriate grants and loans and to help with application. Possible sources of financial aid are federal and state aid, loans, and work/study.
When filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, be sure to give the number for this specific Merrillville campus.
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There are usually more than 900 students enrolled at this location. Students at this campus, as well as at all Brown Mackie College campuses, are encouraged to give back to the community and participate in service projects. Advisors, tutors, and career services professionals are available to students to guide them through all phases of their studies.
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Students only take One Course Per Month, and there are a variety of day/night/weekend class options to help students meet their scheduling needs. This give students the chance to master the content by focusing on just one subject per month.
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