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Brown Mackie College offering educational options - SSNL

8/5/2010 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Shown is the North Canton campus of Brown Mackie College.
Photo courtesy of Brown Mackie College
NORTHEAST OHIO — With two locations, seven areas of study and 22 programs, Brown Mackie College offers a variety of options to choose from for students interested in continuing their education after high school.

According to the Brown Mackie College website, www.brownmackie.edu, Brown Mackie College began with one facility in 1892 as the Kansas Wesleyan School of Business. In 1938, the school was incorporated as the Brown Mackie School of Business under the ownership of Perry Brown and A.B. Mackie, former instructors at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan. Now there are 25 locations in 14 states across the country operated by Education Management Corp., of Pittsburgh, according to the website.

Locally, Brown Mackie College offers a full campus at 4300 Munson St. N.W. in Jackson Township (the North Canton campus). It also operates an Akron campus at 755 White Pond Drive, Suite 101, and Akron learning centers at 809 White Pond Drive and 388 S. Main St.

“Brown Mackie College is dedicated to helping students pursue a college education that can prepare them to launch a career or enhance their current one in an increasingly competitive economy,” according to the website.

Brown Mackie offers two-year associate degree and diploma programs in business, technology, legal studies, early childhood education (Akron campus only), health care and wellness, nursing and veterinary care. Each of the programs has a variety of study areas, according to the website.

Akron Campus Director Michael Heck, who also is interim president, said the Akron campus is currently working on certification to offer four-year bachelor degree programs.

“Many associate degree programs have an externship program that allows students to get into the field and get hands-on experience before graduation,” added North Canton Campus President Peter Perkowski.

The flexible class schedules at Brown Mackie College offer easy access to higher education, according to school officials. The one class per month program allows students to concentrate on one subject at a time, complete the course in 30 days, and then move on to the next class. New classes are offered monthly, permitting students to start college every month year round, with a one-week break in each quarter.

“Students really benefit from the one class per month schedule because it helps them to balance school and what is going on in their life better than taking five classes at one time,” said Perkowski. “The schedule really helps them succeed in school.”

“Our biggest plus is the convenience factor in our scheduling,” added Heck. “We have morning or afternoon programs, which gives students the opportunity to schedule work and day care around a block of classes.”

Evening classes also are available.

Heck also stated small class sizes of 15 to 20 students give students more individualized attention from the teacher.

In addition, a career service department is available to help students search for a job upon graduation.

Students applying for admission to Brown Mackie College are required to have a high school diploma or a GED. Assistance is available to help students fill out applications and navigate the financial aid process.

Brown Mackie College is approved by the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and is an accredited member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, according to the website.

For more information about programs, visit the school’s website or call 330-494-1214 in North Canton or 330-869-3600 in Akron.

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