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Center Spotlight: Newport News, VA and a Recent Renovation

Posted by Greg Lindberg on May 2, 2018 11:42:35 AM

Saint Leo University's Newport News, VA Education CenterSaint Leo University proudly supports eight Education Centers in the state of Virginia. The school is excited to announce some upgrades that have been completed to its Newport News, Virginia Education Center.

We recently caught up with center director Andrea Pierce to learn about this exciting expansion and everything else this Saint Leo location has to offer.

Q: Where is Saint Leo’s Newport News, VA Education Center located?

A: The street address of our center is:

One BayPort Way

Suite 160

Newport News, VA 23606

We’re right across from Hampton Roads Academy in a business district called City Center.

Q: When did this center first open?

A: We first opened our doors in February of 2012.

The new military resource center at Saint Leo's Newport News, VA Education CenterQ: What kinds of renovations have been made to the center?

A: We recently did two main renovations. First off, we expanded the number of classrooms we have from 7 to 12 in our first-floor space. We also added a military resource center for active-duty military personnel and veterans. It has a nice lounge and provides lots of info on the G.I. Bill and other important topics relevant to military students. We have a large military presence in this area, and many of our students come from the military.

To recognize these changes, we held a re-grand opening event on Tuesday, April 17. McKinley Price, the mayor of Newport News, several faculty, alumni, and students all attended this special event.

Q: Which academic programs are offered at the Newport News, VA Education Center?

A: The programs we currently offer are:

Associate of Arts

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology
  • Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice (Criminalistics)
  • Criminal Justice (Homeland Security)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Services
  • Business Administration (Logistics)
  • Business Administration (Management)
  • Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Business Administration (Technology Management)
  • Sociology (General)
  • Sociology (Applied & Clinical)
  • Sociology (Diversity) & Inequality

Bachelor of Science

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Health Care Management

Master of Science (MS)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human Services

Master of Business Administration

  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration (Accounting)
  • Business Administration (Health Care Management)
  • Business Administration – (Human Resources Management)
  • Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Business Administration (Project Management)
  • Business Administration (Sport Business)
  • Business Administration (Supply Chain Global Integration Management)


We’re also planning to roll out a Master of Science in Human Services Administration program either this summer or fall.

Q: What types of students do you have attending the Newport News, VA Education Center?

A: Most of our students are over the age of 30, but we definitely have some who are younger. It is more of a commuter environment.

We have had lots of military students but are starting to get more and more civilian students. This gives us a nice variety of younger students, adult learners, and military and law enforcement students who come in uniform. We have veterans on our staff who make these military students feel very comfortable and understand what they’re going through.

I want to encourage all prospective students interested in earning a degree to consider our Education Center. We don’t cater our center to one specific age group, so come and check us out.

Q: When are classes offered at the center?

A: We primarily offer evening and weekend classes. We do offer some daytime classes, and we’re looking into some options to possibly offer more of those.

Our evening classes start at 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Our Saturday classes are offered both in the morning and afternoon.

The cybersecurity lab at Saint Leo's Newport News, VA Education CenterQ: What makes your center unique?

A: I would say that it’s our staff. We have a fantastic team that is always accommodating, and we make everyone feel comfortable when they come here. For our adult learners, they may be nervous about going back to school later in life, but we’re here to help them with everything.

Our two wonderful academic advisors are Susan Koch and Lekesha Williams. They’re constantly getting phone calls from people using word-of-mouth to refer others to our center. They absolutely go out of their way to help our students.

Plus, we have human services and marketing clubs for students. We occasionally hold seminars on Black History Month, healthcare, and other relevant topics throughout the year. We’ve also held career fairs to help students find jobs.

Q: How can prospective students learn more about your center?

A: You can give us a call at 757-249-0390 or e-mail us with any questions at newportnews@saintleo.edu.

Also, check out the Newport News Center webpage and the Virginia Region Facebook page.

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