Carrington College (US)
- For the residential college in New Zealand, see Carrington College, Otago.
|Motto||“The Starting Point for Healthcare Careers”|
|DeVry Education Group|
|Director||Danika Bowen, the Senior Director of Academic Affairs|
|Location||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Carrington College is a network of for-profit private colleges. Established in 1967, the college is based out of Sacramento, California and has 18 locations throughout the Western United States. Carrington College has a student enrollment of over 7,300 and 90,000 alumni.
The institution was originally founded in 1967 in Sacramento, California, as the Northwest College of Medical Assistants and Dental Assistants. The college was established to meet the education needs of the local healthcare community.
In 1969, the College was purchased and underwent its first name change, to "Western College of Allied Health Careers – A Bryman School." The Education Corporation of America ("EdCOA, Inc.") purchased the college in 1983 and changed its name to Western Career College (WCC). In 1986, WCC opened a second campus in the Bayfair Center in San Leandro, California. The third campus opened in 1997 in Pleasant Hill, California.
WCC earned regional accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in June 2001.
In December 2003, U.S. Education Corporation, a California-based company, acquired Western Career College. The U.S. Education Corporation also acquired Apollo College, which was founded by Margaret M Carlson in 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona to prepare graduates for careers in skilled professions. The U.S. Education Corporation was led by president and chief executive officer George Montgomery from 2002 to 2011. The college expanded in August 2005 by incorporating the operations and programs of Silicon Valley College (SVC).
In September 2008, U.S. Education Corporation became a division of DeVry Inc. In 2010, Western Career College changed its name to Carrington College California and Apollo College changed its name to Carrington College.
President Montgomery retired at the end of 2011 and was succeeded as president of the group by Robert Paul, DeVry University's vice president for metro operations. In 2012, under Paul's leadership, the institution's mascots, Blue and Goldie, were developed. In 2014, Paul succeeded David Pauldine as president of DeVry University and was succeeded as president of Carrington College Group by Jeff Akens. Previously, Akens had served as president of Carrington College California from 2007 to 2014 and had been with the institution since 1993.
In 2014, Carrington College California received approval under the ACCJC/WASC accreditation to add the Carrington College campuses to its existing network, resulting in one consolidated institution called Carrington College.
Carrington College campuses offer programs that lead to a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science Degree. Carrington College provides employment-focused, outcome-based, postsecondary education and training with a focus in the healthcare industry, in areas including medical, dental, administrative, veterinary and health studies programs.
Carrington College offers 22 programs through five areas of focus including medicine, health studies, dentistry, administration, or veterinary medicine. Some of the programs include health care administration, pharmacy technology, practical nursing, criminal justice, veterinary assisting, and dental assisting.
Carrington College is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Additionally, many of the programs at Carrington College are accredited by specialized accrediting bodies, which focus on specific occupational fields such as the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Carrington College campuses include:
- Citrus Heights, CA
- Pleasant Hill, CA
- Pomona, CA
- Sacramento, CA
- San Jose, CA
- San Leandro, CA
- Stockton, CA
- Albuquerque, NM
- Boise, ID
- Las Vegas, NV
- Mesa, AZ
- Phoenix, AZ
- Mesquite, TX
- Reno, NV
- Tucson, AZ
- Phoenix Westside, AZ
- Portland, OR
- Spokane, WA
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