American Professional Institute is planning to consolidate two of its offices and move into the former Gold’s Gym space off Riverside and Northside drives.
The private technical school includes programs in cosmetology, medical technology and massage therapy.
The space at Northgate Village Plaza has been gutted, but the company is working through the design and building permit phase before it can begin construction of the space, said Jamie Garner, API chief administrative office.
“It probably won’t be (open) until the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter,” Garner said. “We are now in the process of designing the interior space, which is basically building out the space for classrooms and other office areas.”
API will be consolidating its operation at 1990 Riverside Drive and a small space at 3353 Mercer University Drive at the new location, he said.
The company’s office at 1667 Eisenhower Parkway will remain in operation.
The new 25,000-square-foot space is a little more space than the two other locations combined, Garner said.
“Our lease is up at Riverside and we just decided it was time to upgrade some facilities and move into something new and spruce things up,” Garner said.
The school has about 500 students in Macon and 80-100 employees including its office staff, he said. API is not expected to add any more employees with the move.
The school offers seven career paths that can be completed in less than a year, and day and evening classes are offered for some of the programs, according to its website. It also has locations in Decatur, Gainesville and Milledgeville.
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