College SA

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College SA is a Distance Learning Private and Business College, located in Tygervalley Bellville, South Africa. College SA offers Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)[1] to students, both in South Africa and internationally.

History[edit]

College SA was initially established in partnership with the Curro School Group, as Curro College in 2007. In 2008, the Curro School Partners sold their shares, and Curro College became College SA.

From inception, College SA's mission was to provide affordable quality distance education. Initially, the bulk of the course material was sourced from reputable third-party providers, but it soon became apparent that the need for more affordable, high-quality course material was needed. College SA began producing a range of its own courses; purpose-built to address the unique needs of the distance learning student and backed by an academic support system.

From 2008, College SA grew from strength to strength and added more than 200 courses to its prospectus. Its vision was and still is to become the most trusted provider of distance learning education in South Africa with the following key values: Trust, Hope, Inclusivity and Innovation.

In 2016 the majority shareholding in the company was sold to JSE listed RECM and Calibre Limited (RAC). During this time the College was relocated from Bellville South to its current location in Tygervalley Bellville. During that time, College SA increased its in-house printing capabilities and invested heavily in numerous systems to improve student service and retention.

In 2019, Optimi acquired College SA in a bid to broaden its offering in the distance learning market. In a statement, Optimi said that “the acquisition of College SA is an opportunity to enter the TVET market and bring the quality and accessible learning it is known for to this new market segment”.

The Optimi group provides offerings in 4 divisions: Home, Workplace, Classroom and College. Together, these divisions service over 200 000 learners per annum.

Optimi College provides accessible accredited and short courses for adults. College SA, founded in 2007, provides a range of distance learning TVET offerings across the region, including adult matric through Matric Works.

External links[edit]

Accreditation and registration[edit]

Optimi College (Pty) Ltd T/A College SA. Reg no: 2007/017012/07. Optimi College Pty (Ltd) (previously known as SA College of Home Study) is member of the Optimi Group and is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Reg no: 2009/ FE07/099.[2]

College SA is accredited by the following accrediting/professional bodies[edit]

  • Umalusi which offers Engineering/Technical studies N1-N3. Accreditation Number is: 15 FET02 00025
  • Fasset for Bookkeeping and Accounting qualifications
  • ICB Financial Accounting; Public Sector Accounting; Business Management; Entrepreneurship; Office Administration
  • SABPP who offer a Human Resource Management registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
  • CIMA offers CIMA's Certificate in Business Accounting
  • Microsoft who offers the following pathways: Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) certifications; MCSA Microsoft Windows 8; MCSA & MCSE Microsoft Windows Server; MCSA & MCSE Microsoft SQL Server; MCSD Microsoft Web & Store Applications
  • CompTIA for CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications.

Mode of delivery[edit]

College SA is a distance learning provider. All of their courses are offered via correspondence, and are available to students all over South Africa,[3] as well as international students. Academic support is provided to students by an online classroom, Educational Planners and course tutor.

Location[edit]

College SA located in Cape Town, South Africa. Their physical address is:

College SA - Head office

1st Floor, Tygervalley Office Park, Corner of Old Oak and Durban Road, Tygervalley, Cape Town, 7536

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Umalusi - TVETColleges". www.umalusi.org.za. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  2. ^ "DHET listed private colleges" (PDF). DHET. DHET. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  3. ^ "Skills Education Training Authorities. SETA Offices in South Africa". Vocational.co.za. Retrieved 2014-02-23.