The University of Phoenix is planning to open a satellite campus off Bowman Road in north Bibb County.
The Arizona-based college, which is described on its Web site as the nation’s largest private university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs at more than 200 locations and online, plans to lease 8,852-square-feet of space in a four-story office building at 6055 Lakeside Commons.
A company spokeswoman declined to comment on the new location.
The college plans to move into Suite 200 this spring, said Jim Huffstetler, senior land development manager for SSP Commercial LLC, the owner-developer of Lakeside Commons Office Park. Renovations of the space began in January, he said.
The institution is expected to enroll up to about 200 students with 10-15 administrative personnel, according to a zoning report. The school offers master’s and bachelor’s degrees on campus and online and associate degrees online for working, professional students.
Each class would have 15-20 students and two to four classes would be held each day, the report states.
“The majority of faculty members will not be housed in Macon, but will be visiting instructors or via telecommunication,” according to the report.
The college is taking some of the space that the former Security Bank had planned to lease in the building. The failed bank, which closed in July and was bought by State Bank and Trust Co., had planned to put its headquarters in the building.
Other tenants in the building are Walker Dental office and New York Life.
Huffstetler said negotiations are under way for additional tenants for the 77,000-square-foot building.
During the quarter ending Nov. 30, more than 450,000 students were enrolled at the University of Phoenix, which was founded in 1976, according to the school’s Web site.
The University of Phoenix will join another new college coming to the area.
Alabama-based Virginia College received zoning approval last month to move into a portion of the former Kmart building at 1900-1901 Paul Walsh Drive, off Eisenhower Parkway.
The school is known as a career college that tends to specialize in medical and cosmetology programs. Plans call for the school to open with about 400 students with potential enrollment to 1,000 students. It is expected to employ about 65 employees.
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