Metro Business College is celebrating three decades in Rolla this year. In July, the college offered a free lunch and open house to the community as it marked its 30th anniversary.
Metro Business College is celebrating three decades in Rolla this year.
In July, the college offered a free lunch and open house to the community as it marked its 30th anniversary.
Attendees could enjoy free chair massages, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings and campus tours as well as door prizes.
In the May 18, 1984, edition of The Rolla Daily News, an article by Ed Bierschenk titled, “Rolla to Get New College” announced that Metro Business College was opening a campus in Rolla.
According to the article, George R. Holske, president of Metro Business College at the time, said the school was to begin recruiting students shortly after July 1, 1984, for courses that were expected to begin the second week of September 1984.
At that time, Holske said courses that would be offered at the Rolla campus would include typing, shorthand, business practices, word processing, food service management and upholstery.
The article stated that Holske was negotiating at that time for a 5,500-square-foot building within two or three blocks of the downtown area to locate the new college.
The college is currently located on Highway 72 next to the Family Center.
Holske said he initially expected to employ about five to six people and have a student load of 50 to 60 people.
At that time, he expected the employment to grow to 12 people and have a student load of 125 to 150.
“The key, of course, to our being here is placement and if we don’t get jobs for the people once they graduate then it doesn’t do us any good to be here,” Holske said in the article.
According to Holske, Rolla was selected as a site for the school because it was the medical, business and population center for this part of the state at that time.
The campus in Rolla was supposed to be designed after the headquarters for the college in Cape Girardeau at the time. There was also a campus in the St. Louis.
“My idea is to have various smaller schools in local population centers so that the students from this area that need business training don’t have to go to St. Louis or don’t have to go down to Springfield. People can stay home and still get training,” Holske told the Daily News.
Today, Metro Business College has campuses in Cape Girardeau, Arnold, Rolla and Jefferson City.
For more information about the Rolla campus, call 573-364-8464.