LUBBOCK, Texas, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Virginia College in Lubbock will showcase its 55,000 sq.-ft. facility and career programs at a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the campus located at 5005 50th St.
The Grand Opening event will celebrate opportunities for Lubbock-area students and employers with local business owners, city officials and community members. Admissions counselors and instructors will be available to give tours of the campus, classrooms, labs and medical areas. Guests will have the opportunity to view the facility and meet the faculty and staff while enjoying live music from Moon Jelly, libations and hors d'oeuvres.
"We are eager to put our new campus and career center on display, and we are proud to be a local source of well-trained and skilled employees who will boost the economy to attract more people and revenue to our area," says Karina Long, president of Virginia College. "The community has already given us a warm welcome, and we look forward to a continued partnership with local employers."
Virginia College in Lubbock started classes in the new facility on April 7, 2014. The school's initial enrollment was 59 students with eventual student population expected to reach approximately 800. The school will employ up to 125 local faculty and staff, and approximately 80 students will graduate each year in fields such as business administration, business office specialist, cosmetology, customer service professional, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, pharmacy technician and sales professional.
The new school, which provides students with skills training specific to businesses in Lubbock and surrounding areas, is located in a former shopping center. Like other Virginia College campuses, the school chose to renovate an existing building to beautify the area and give back to the local community. Virginia College invested $4.6 million in renovations, construction, signage, furniture, fixtures and lab equipment for the campus building and facilities.
With the Lubbock campus addition, Virginia College now boasts a total of 27 on-ground, brick-and-mortar campus locations across the Southeast in 11 states, as well as an online school at www.vconline.edu.
For more information, visit www.vc.edu/Lubbock or call 806-784-1900.
About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America
Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in 27 cities in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via www.vconline.edu and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America and Ecotech Institute. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
SOURCE Virginia College