Student Life at National College

Clubs and Organizations

The spirit of togetherness is also evident in the work of National’s various clubs and organizations through which our students pool their talents in service to one another and the community at large.

The clubs and organizations listed below represent a sampling of the many opportunities for social and civic involvement available at National College.


Founded in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Monica, California, Toastmasters has become a world leader in helping people gain confidence and acquire effective public speaking skills. Today, the organization operates in 90 countries with 220,000 members worldwide.

Through its many local chapters (11,300 in all), Toastmasters provides a forum where its members hone communication skills and build professionalism.

NCITE (Roanoke Valley Campus)

National's Roanoke Valley Campus is home to the National College Information Technology Engineers club (NCITE).

Created by and for students pursuing degrees in information technology, this organization is open to those interested in building computers, designing web sites, creating databases, or writing programs.

Medical Careers Club (Harrisonburg Campus)

Founded in October 2004 at National's Harrisonburg campus, the Medical Careers Club sponsors programs that serve the community and also support the efforts of the college's various medical programs.

The club raised money to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina; a local church matched these funds for a combined contribution of $3,000. The club has also partnered with the Patch Adams Foundation, collecting shoes for the children of a poverty-stricken community in Belize. Through its various fund raising efforts, the club has purchased medical equipment which it generously donated to the college for use in its medical labs.

Campus Civitan Club (Knoxville Campus)

National's Knoxville campus is home to an organization that sets a new standard for service-oriented groups. The club has worked with the Salvation Army, stuffing 100 stockings to be distributed to underprivileged citizens during the holidays. The group also participates in the fund raising efforts of Relay for Life and the American Heart Association. The club partners with the US Marine Corps in its annual Toys for Tots campaign, has gathered items to be shipped to soldiers serving in Iraq, and routinely conducts food drives to benefit local charities.

Phi Beta Lambda (Lexington, KY Campus)

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is the only active club at the Lexington campus that is chartered by both national ( and state ( organizations. Phi Beta Lambda is open to all students of any major who are interested in furthering their first-hand knowledge of the business sector. All types of businesses are toured and many speakers of various backgrounds are invited to speak at their meetings.

Society for Human Resource Management (Lexington, KY Campus)

SHRM is committed to advancing the human resource profession to ensure that HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. Anyone who is interested in any human resources related field, or would like to obtain more information regarding the HR field is welcome to become a member.

The national SHRM web site is and the regional web site

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    Common Questions

    Common Questions

    Considering a career education at National College? Here are the answers to some common questions.

    Q: I don't want to get lost in the crowd. How big are the classes?

    A: National College doesn't treat a student as just another body. We offer small classes in a friendly environment, with an average of about 15 students per instructor.

    Q: How much time would it take me to complete a career program at National College?

    A: We offer four educational levels to fit the needs of people at various points of their careers, starting with several short-term diploma programs that can be completed in just nine months to a year. Associate's degree programs take about two years. Bachelor's degree programs build on the Associate's degree and may require another two years to complete. The Master of Business Administration may be completed in as little as 18 months.

    Q: If I find myself struggling in some classes, can I get extra help?

    A: We want to be sure our students have all the tools they need to get the most out of their education. For students who need a little extra help with their studies, we can arrange for individual tutoring at no extra charge.

    Q: Will my National College education really prepare me for the real world?

    A: We focus on the skills necessary for your chosen field, tailoring our programs to fit the demands of today's employers. What's more, our instructors are practicing professionals in their fields, and their knowledge and experience help prepare our students to enter the job market with confidence.

    Q: What assistance is available to help me find a job after graduation?

    A: National College has an excellent reputation with employers, and we take pride in assisting in job placement for our students. Plus, our Career Center is available as a resource for all our graduates throughout their professional lives.

    Q: I am concerned about paying for a college education. Can I get help?

    A: A number of options for financial assistance are available for those who qualify, including scholarships, grants, and loans. Our student services representative will sit down with you to determine which resources you can take advantage of, eliminating the confusion of applying for aid.

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