The National College of Business and Technology is a private, for-profit career college, with various campuses in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio. National College focuses on preparing students for a career in the world of business through a variety of associate degree and diploma-granting academic and professional programs. The campus location in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of six Tennessee locations, also including Bartlett, Bristol, Knoxville, Madison, and Memphis.
Originally founded by J.A. Trimmer in 1886, National College grew out of Roanoke, Virginia as the National Business College. Since the late 1800s National College has seen many changes in the United States, and grew and adapted with the changing needs of the growing countries businesses. At the tail end of the 20th century seven new Virginia campuses were added, and in the 1990s the Kentucky College of Business and its six campuses also joined up with National. By 1991 National College had expanded to Nashville, Tennessee.
Located in the capital city of Tennessee, National College Nashville features not only classrooms, but state-of-the-art lab and laboratory facilities. Although set in a busy metropolitan city, National College Nashville works to provide a small campus community feel for its students. The Nashville campus’s awarding of associate degrees and diplomas is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, founded in 1912, and listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
At the core of National College’s mission is keeping its curriculum current to the ever-changing needs of business and industry. This is accomplished by appointing a Campus Advisory Board of local community representatives who come from area business, technical and government organizations. At National College, Nashville, students are offered associate degree programs in areas like business administration management, computer applications technology, business administration accounting, administrative office professional, information systems engineering and medical assisting. Non-degree-granting diploma programs include accounting, desktop support, medical office assistant, computerized office applications, pharmacy technician, and software applications specialist.
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One of National College’s prized resources is the National College’s Virtual Library. A so-called “lifetime benefit” the library is open to current students and graduates, and provides a wealth of business and technical supplemental information to each individual school’s paper library. Some of the Virtual Library’s extensive resource include magazines, newspapers, scholarly and professional journals and books, and it can be accessed from just about anywhere with a National College ID and password.
Post-graduation, students receive ongoing support from the campus Career Center. Dedicated to job market success for its graduates, National College provides students with information regarding everything from job-search methods to the perfect interview technique.
When thinking of applying to National College Nashville the first step towards admission is to schedule either an interview, whether in-person or over the phone, with an Admissions Representative. Prospective students must then fill out and mail their application to the National College Nashville campus, along with the application fee. Applying as early as possible is recommended.
All applicants to National College Nashville must be high school graduates, or have satisfied graduation requirements through the General Education Development test. Special admissions requirement apply to students enrolling in some medical and paramedic programs, including the student’s physical and/or personal limitations, and quality of vision and hearing. For a listing of requirements specific to the student’s intended course of study, the Admissions Office should be contacted directly.
International students are welcome at National College, and a Partnership for International Education Grant is even offered to non-resident students for their first year of study. Unlike most higher education programs, National does NOT required the student to have passed TOEFL exams, but the student must demonstrate a basic command of written and verbal English.
To assist students in funding their education, National College provides services from financial planning representatives. Financial Aid options include National College-Funded Financial Assistance Programs, Federal Financial Assistance Programs, State Financial Assistance Programs, and Imagine American Financial Assistance Programs. In fact, over 80% of all National College Nashville students receive financial aid assistance, and all students are encouraged to explore their financial options with one of the schools representatives.
New students at National College Nashville are welcomed with an orientation program where they are introduced to the campus and are able to meet their new peers. While on campus, services like academic advising, career counseling, financial planning assistance and peer tutoring are standard. Although National College Nashville is a commuter campus, the low student enrollment of less than 1,000 full and part time students, helps create the feeling of a close-knit academic community. Students also have the ability to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations, improving their team-building, leadership and social skills.
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Nashville, Tennessee, also known as the “Athens of the South,” is home to a range of public and private colleges and universities, including but not limited to the American Baptist College, the Art Institute of Tennessee, Fisk University, Nashville State Community College, Tennessee State University, the Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and Vanderbilt University. The city is easy to get around with the Metropolitan Transit Authority bus system, and is serviced by the Nashville International Airport. Nashville holds cultural attractions like the Tennessee State Museum, the Parthenon, the State Capitol building, and the Hermitage presidential home. At the Tennessee Performing Arts Center student enjoy performances from the Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Ballet. Country music lovers will enjoy Nashville’s Music Row, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. A college-town at heart, Nashville is also home to great shopping, bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Annual festivals include the Nashville Film Fest, the Australian Festival, and the Country Music Marathon.
Although National College Nashville does not field any inter-collegiate sports teams, students enjoy local professional sports teams like the Tennessee Titans NFL club, the Nashville Predators NHL hockey team, the Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball team, and the Music City Stars ABA Basketball team. Nashville is also home of the NCAA college football Music City Bowl. To get in on the action, adult league softball, volleyball, and soccer teams are available through the Nashville Department of Parks & Recreation.