Southwestern College ready for first class of studentsWritten by Julie Ryan | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Desks, computers and whiteboards are in place, ready for classes to begin April 6 at Southwestern College on Airport Highway at Reynolds Road.
Toledo’s Southwestern will be the first branch in Northwest Ohio, said Terry Nesbitt, executive director of the college. Southwestern is owned by Lincoln Educational Services, the parent company of eight schools in 17 states.
“We have four schools presently in Ohio in the southwest part of the state, hence the name Southwestern College, and we were looking for new markets to open in,” said Scott Shaw, chief administrative officer of Lincoln Educational Services. “Toledo looked like an attractive market with a good size population, and our programs could benefit members of the community there.”
Lincoln has been operating in Ohio for four years, Shaw said.
The college has 18 classrooms and three rooms with more than 20 desktop computers. One room is equipped with its own network system so students can get real-life experience, Nesbitt said. Several rooms are stocked with equipment for students seeking degrees in massage therapy, medical assisting and administration. Nesbitt said 100 students are enrolled for the spring quarter.
“We hope to become a strong member of the local community, providing what we believe is quality care education and we are looking to include a practical nurse program and eventually a registered nurse program,” Shaw said.
Nesbitt said program advisory committees visited the college to give advice on what is happening in their fields, such as medicine.
“We adapt what we teach to the real world,” Nesbitt said.
Many students who are attracted to the college are “nontraditional learners,” he said.
“We get a lot of students who have not graduated high school and we help them get their GED, and then that work applies to their degree,” he said.
Nesbitt said many students drop out of school for family reasons, a pregnancy or because they relocated.
“What we do is identify the needs of the community and meet them,” Nesbitt said.
Nesbitt is reviewing résumés and applications for the dean of education, registrar, director of career services and instructors — 18 positions total.