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August 1, 1998


Lawrence's Center for Training in Business and Industry is doubling its size, adding faculty and planning new classes.

The business school, which was purchased this summer by Manufacturers Technical Institute of Kansas City, wants to move to 4824 Quail Crest Place in mid-September.

The 9,500-square-foot building, which formerly was owned and occupied by Microtech Computers Inc., will roughly double CTBI's size. It also will allow for more expansion in the future.

Steve Koberlein, the school's executive director, said CTBI was in the process of remodeling and refitting the building to accommodate eight classrooms, including two computer labs. About a third of the space will be dedicated to offices.

``Two-thirds of that building was wide open, used either for storage or production,'' Koberlein said. ``We have a very bold target date, and it may not work out, but we would like to be in and operating in time for a module we have beginning Sept. 21.''

The move is part of the new owners' plans to boost the school's enrollment to 200 or more student in the next few years. When it was sold, enrollment was about two dozen.

Koberlein said that enrollment has been doubled, and CTBI is beginning to put together evening classes. It also is in the process of hiring full- and part-time instructors.

``New classes could come as early as October,'' he said. ``We'll basically enhance what we have, then add some new curriculum,'' probably in computer technology.

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