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Vatterott College is a for-profit career training institute in the fields of Business, Technical, Medical, Trades, Court Reporting, and Culinary. The school currently offers programs at 25 campuses in 10 states across the Midwest and through its online division.
Vatterott offers a range of diploma programs, associate degrees and bachelor degrees. Vatterott College also provides many students the ability to take courses online, though not available in all states.
Vatterott College has campuses and education centers across the Midwest including Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia. All students are provided access to the online Library Services called EBSCO host, a research database providing online journals, books, linking services and other reference resources. Personalized email and student accounts are accessible to the student body enabling online interaction among peers, faculty, course work and other campus related information.
Career services are available to current students and graduates searching for jobs specific to their education background. It provides updates on upcoming career fairs, workshops and other college related events. The site hosts a Career Services Team providing job search guidance, resume review, mock interviewing, resume referral, campus career fairs and personalized help.
The college also offers distance-learning programs, called eCompanion Courses, which allow students to earn credits, diplomas and degrees through online classes. The same resources are available to distance education students as on-campus students.
Following are the areas of study offered by Vatterott College, as well as other schools operated by Vatterott Educational Centers. Not all programs are offered at all campuses.
- Business management
- Court reporting (Court Reporting Institute)
- Culinary (L'Ecole Culinaire)
- Dental Assistant
- Legal (Criminal justice, Legal assistant, Paralegal)
- Medical (Medical assistant, Medical assistant/occupational specialist, Medical billing and coding, Pharmacy assistant/tech)
- Music recording and production (ex’Treme Institute by Nelly)
- Personal fitness/Well-being (Drug & alcohol counselor, Massage therapy, Personal fitness trainer)
- Technology (Computer aided drafting, Computer programming, Computer technology, Graphic art and design, Homeland security, Information systems and security, Network technology, Web design, Wireless)
- Veterinary technician
- Trades (Building maintenance, Diesel mechanic, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Welding, Wind energy)
Vatterott College currently operates facilities in the following cities:
- Illinois: Quincy, Fairview Heights
- Iowa: Des Moines
- Kansas: Wichita
- Missouri: Joplin, Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, St. Charles, St. Joseph, Berkeley, Sunset Hills
- Ohio: Cleveland
- Oklahoma: Tulsa, Oklahoma City
- Tennessee: Memphis
Vatterott College was founded in 1969 in St. Louis, MO with a mission to “provide quality career training to students seeking career skills for a better life.” 
The original name was Urban Technical Centers, Inc., and subsequent changes included Vatterott & Sullivan Educational Center and Vatterott Educational Centers. The institution changed its name to Vatterott College in 1989 when Associate degree (specialized) granting authority was issued by the Accrediting Commission of National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS), which is now called the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
In January 1985, the institution opened a facility in St. Ann, Missouri, and in 1990, Vatterott College was named the ‘Best Institution in Missouri’ by the Missouri Association of Private Career Schools.
Vatterott College expanded to Springfield, Joplin, and Independence, Missouri, in April 1991 as a result of a teach-out of students attending Draughon Business College. In August 1991, Vatterott College was authorized to establish branch campuses at these locations. In May 1995, Vatterott College expanded to Quincy, Illinois, as a result of the acquisition of the former Quincy Technical Schools. In June 1996, the Business and Banking Institutes with locations in Omaha, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa, were acquired. Programs were added and the institutions were relocated under the name Vatterott College. In the same year, an additional location of the St. Ann campus opened in Sunset Hills, Missouri. Vatterott College expanded into the following cities as a result of various teach-out agreements: St. Joseph, Missouri, in March 1995; Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1997; Memphis, Tennessee, in 1999; Wichita, Kansas, in 1999; and Cleveland, Ohio in 2001. In 1997, a location was opened in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In December 1999, Vatterott College expanded in Omaha, Nebraska by acquiring the former Universal Technology Institute. In January 2000, a campus was established in O’Fallon, Missouri. In September 2001, Vatterott College purchased the former Omaha College of Health Careers in Omaha, Nebraska, and established a campus. Wellspring Capital Management acquired all Vatterott College locations in January 2003 and named the holding company as Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc.
L’Ecole Culinaire, a culinary school located in St. Louis, was opened in 2004. Vatterott College operations expanded into Texas in 2004, acquiring Court Reporting Institute of Dallas and the Court Reporting Institute of Houston. These two campuses are now closed (2015). In January 2007, Vatterott Education Center located in Dallas, Texas was approved as a branch campus of the Quincy main institution and has since been closed (2014). The Vatterott Career College, Appling Farms (Memphis, TN) location was opened in April 2008. In November 2008, L’École Culinaire, Cordova, Tennessee, was opened. Vatterott College was established in Fairview Heights, Illinois in August, 2009 with seven diploma programs.
In September 2009, TA Associates acquired Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc. from WellSpring Capital Partners. The O’Fallon, Missouri, location relocated in the fall of 2010 to a completely renovated building in St. Charles, MO.
The Court Reporting Institute opened a campus in Arlington, Virginia, in December 2011 and was closed within one year after opening.
Pamela Bell is the CEO of Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc.
Vatterott College, Vatterott Career College, Vatterott Education Center and L’École Culinaire are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
- Vatterott Educational Centers, Inc.
- http://www.cri.edu/ Court Reporting Institute]
- L'Ecole Culinaire
- ex’Treme Institute by Nelly
- Vatterott Sold to TA Associates, St. Louis Business Journal, Sept. 21, 2009. http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2009/09/21/daily29.html
- Nelly's Ex'Treme Institute now open to students, KSDK-TV. http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/288651/3/Nellys-music-school-now-open-to-students
- Nelly to Open Production School in St. Louis, BET.com, Nov. 27, 2011. http://www.bet.com/news/music/2011/11/27/nelly-to-open-production-school-in-st-louis.html
- Vatterott College Names Bell CEO, St. Louis Business Journal, June 25, 2007. http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2007/06/25/daily4.html