By Jack Freeman

The area around Tysons Corner is known for many things:  a bustling commerce center that’s home to some of the world’s most prestigious companies; gigantic malls, exquisite shops and more stores than the great Carl Sagan could ever count; and let’s not forget the massive construction project that will soon qualify Tysons as the fourth largest planet in the solar system.

Hidden amongst this shining beacon of activity is a small Virginia college that has long served the area’s residents with career-based degrees in some of the region’s most employable fields. The school is University of the Potomac, and its Virginia college campus can be found right across from the Galleria, at 2070 Chain Bridge Road, in Vienna, Virginia. (For those traveling by Metro, it’s just a few short blocks from the new Galleria stop).

Potomac’s Virginia College Campus: Take a Seat

Chances are, if you’re from the area, you have driven by Potomac’s Virginia college campus many times. As it turns out, Potomac’s intimate campus is housed in a local landmark that residents affectionately call… (I’m not making this up)… The Toilet Bowl Building. That’s because the large oddly-shaped facade looks surprisingly like its nickname.

Ok, the official name is “Tycon Courthouse,” but that’s only on paper (the writing kind). Before Tycon, it was home to the Kodak Corporation, so it was originally built to look like a giant camera from the air. However, since most people pass by the building at ground level (as opposed to sailing through the sky), the façade looks much more like a toilet bowl, giving rise to endless schoolboy witticisms such as “Take a walk inside our building, and you’ll be flush with envy.”

But seriously, the region in and around this edifice of architectural humor boasts some serious clout. In addition to Potomac’s Virginia college campus, the area includes major technology players including Xerox, EDS, SAIC, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, CSC and other. No wonder this region is oft-referred to as The Silicon Valley of the East Coast. In addition, the region boasts a number of major financial corporations such as TD Bank, Capital One, Bank of America, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sun Trust and many more.

As you can see, the area is bursting with opportunity for people with the right kind of education. And that’s where Potomac’s Virginia campus excels. It gives working adults a convenient way to earn a fully-accredited college degree in some of the region’s most employable fields.

Potomac’s Virginia College Curriculum

Being at the epicenter of such powerhouse industries, it’s no surprise that Potomac’s Virginia campus offers very robust degree programs in information technology, accounting, business and related fields. Each evening and weekend, the school is filled with working adults from throughout the region seeking a fully-accredited college degree in:

In addition, the school offers professional certificates in business, health systems, information technology, project management and other fields.

On thing that makes the Virginia college curriculum special is that every program is carefully adjusted to reflect today’s industry standards. That means the majority of courses are specific to each field of study, minimizing the number of general education classes. As such, students are able to delve into their chosen area of study more quickly, so they can spend more time learning the topics that are most critical to their careers.

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Potomac’s Virginia campus also enables students to take many courses online. As such, you can attend virtual classes on your own schedule, without the hassle of commuting. Potomac’s virtual classrooms enable students to enjoy the one-on-one support and sense of community of a traditional classroom, but from the comfort of their home, office, hotel, private jet, cabana or virtually anywhere else with internet access.

Your Track to Success
Thanks to its flexible schedules, industry-specific learning models and location in the heart of the region’s tech and financial strongholds, Potomac’s Virginia college provides a perfect environment for working adults looking to advance their careers in a number of popular fields. So the next time you’re driving in Tysons, you’ll have a greater appreciation for this Virginia landmark and remember… (as we learned in school)… it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Potomac’s Virginia college campus is located at 2070 Chain Bridge Road, in Vienna, Virginia, 22182.