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For-profit university eyes College Park office space

May 11, 2012

National American University wants to turn 35,000 square feet on the second floor of a building in the College Park office complex into its latest campus.

The for-profit chain of colleges, based out of South Dakota, has asked the city’s Department of Metropolitan Development for a zoning variance for the building at 3600 Woodview Trace—immediately north of the Pyramid office towers on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

The request is scheduled to be considered by the Board of Zoning Appeals on May 15.

National American University Holdings Inc. operates 35 campuses nationwide, which includes the one in Indianapolis. National American already has a distance-learning center in Carmel, which offers help to online students located in this area.

Through its physical and online campuses, National American enrolls nearly 11,000 students.

The campus will open Aug. 1, although it is not clear how many students National American intends to enroll at the Indianapolis campus. Messages left for National American executives Friday morning were not immediately returned.

Also unclear is what types of programs National American would offer at its Indianapolis campus. Nationally, its schools offer a bevy of associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs in business, criminal justice, information technology and health care, including nursing.

If its zoning petition is approved, National American would join a handful of other for-profit schools in the College Park area. The Art Institute of Indianapolis, owned by Pittsburgh-based Education Management Corp., opened in one of the Pyramid towers in 2006. Fort Wayne-based Indiana Tech also has a campus in one of the towers.

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