Concorde Career College, a private college that specializes in health care training, is in its early phases of bringing a satellite campus to National City.
Campus President Mike Couling said he anticipates the opening of a satellite campus in National City to happen in the fourth quarter of this year. The plan is for the more than 12,000- square-foot, two-story satellite campus to offer diplomas in vocational nursing, one of Concorde’s signature programs.
“We are considering moving our vocational nursing program, we have a population of 106 students in that program,” Couling said. “And that would give us some space here (at the main campus) to expand our other programs as well, plus give us an opportunity for that vocational nursing program to expand it.”
Couling said a Concorde satellite campus in National City is an ideal location because Concorde’s main campus at 4393 Imperial Ave. will be about five miles away from the new satellite campus.
Martin Reeder, principal planner with National City, said the school is expected to bring an influx of students to the South Bay.
“The college, according to their application, was proposing to cater to approximately 100 students a day,” said Reeder. Reeder noted the application said about 12 instructors will be at the campus. Before the satellite campus can make any headway, it first needs to submit its building permit to the city, Reeder said.
Despite not yet submitting its building permit, the college cleared a major hurdle when it obtained a conditional use permit from the city of National City to operate at 700 Bay Marina Drive, a building that is part of the Marina Gateway Project and owned by Sycuan Casino. A conditional use permit is needed when there is a change to the use of a building or facility. The last college that tried to move in to National City — Alliant International University as part of a partnership with the Sweetwater Union High School District — did not have a conditional use permit to be housed at its proposed location in the National City Adult School.