Scottsdale Community College will open a satellite campus this fall to serve the business education needs of busy working adults and employers mainly in the Scottsdale Airpark area.
The Scottsdale Community College Business Institute will offer credit and noncredit courses in areas ranging from management and accounting to business ethics and salesmanship.
"We’re looking at two basic thrusts, one being the noncredit customized training classes for business and then, secondly, accelerated credit classes in business," said John Neibling, SCC vice president of instruction. "By accelerated, I mean using the Internet and other media to cut the seat time, but accomplish the same learning. Our goal is to reach that audience of working people who drive in every day to work there at the airpark."
The college will lease 7,500 square-feet near Loop 101 and Raintree Drive in an effort to focus mainly on Scottsdale Airpark businesses and employees. The annual $196,000 lease was approved by the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board this week.
The institute, 14350 N. 87th St., will have a soft opening in June, a grand opening in September and start offering credit classes in October. The center will offer four classrooms, office suites, a small conference room and a workroom for faculty and staff.
Working with employers, Neibling said the institute will offer as many noncredit classes as it can. The institute will cater to employers who have needs specific to their industry, yet they may not have the time and other resources to develop training programs, he said.
"Those are classes that basically the employer pays for, but it’s not a credit class," Neibling said. "It’s really just skill training, maybe like a 1-day seminar in salesmanship or something like that."
Initially, the institute hopes to serve 500 full-time equivalent students looking to earn credits.
SCC had an airpark campus until June when it closed. Night courses that were previously held at the campus were moved to Notre Dame Preparatory, where they are scheduled to remain.
"In the past, the airpark campus offered a wide variety of courses, but to be honest, they were very much like the same ones on our campus and that didn’t seem to ever click," Neibling said.