The University of Phoenix has opened a 21,500-square-foot Chandler Learning Center in The Park at SanTan, 3075 W. Ray Road.
Chandler college students can crack open their laptops.
The University of Phoenix has moved in.
North America's largest private university has opened a 21,500-square-foot Chandler Learning Center in The Park at SanTan, 3075 W. Ray Road.
The newest branch of the nation-spanning school can accommodate 20 employees and as many as 1,000 students with 11 classrooms, four conference rooms, 20 private workstations and wireless connections throughout the space.
The Chandler facility also features a laptop bar for individual study space and a support bar for on-demand tutoring, a refreshment bar, a social center and a copy center.
The University of Phoenix, which primarily caters to people who are earning higher education degrees while working full time, also has learning centers in Mesa, central Phoenix and in the West Valley.
More than 420,700 students were enrolled nationwide last semester.
The university added the Chandler Learning Center to bring classes closer to current and potential time-crunched students, said David Fitzgerald, campus director for the five Valley locations.
"The East Valley area is very strong for our student population," Fitzgerald said.
The university does its homework and tailors its learning center classes to the most popular subjects among the students who reside in an area, he said.
For Chandler-based students, business and technology are the top contenders, so all the classes so far offered in the new learning center are in those fields, he said.
But classes in health administration, also growing in popularity among students from the East Valley, likely will be coming soon to the Chandler campus, Fitzgerald said.
Despite rising unemployment and sinking consumer spending nationwide, demand for University of Phoenix classes is growing, he said.
"We are seeing many students returning to school in this economic climate," Fitzgerald said.
The additional education helps those who have been laid off or those worried about getting laid off improve their skills, and it can give them an edge in the increasingly competitive job market, he said.