Heald College

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Heald College
Former name
Heald's Business College,
Heald School of Engineering and Mining,
Heald Colleges,
Heald College of Engineering
MottoGet in. Get out. Get ahead.
TypePrivate for-profit businesscareer college
PresidentEeva Deshon (last)
Location, ,
United States
Campuses12 campuses & online
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Heald College (1863 –2015) was a private for-profit businesscareer college with its main campus in San Francisco, California.[1] It offered courses in the fields of healthcare, business, legal, and technology.

Beginning in 2012, it also offered full online degrees. Heald College was owned by Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company that also operated Everest College and WyoTech.[2] Heald College closed for good when Corinthian Colleges shuttered all of their campuses on April 27, 2015. At the time of its closure, the college had campuses in twelve cities, in addition to its online program.


Edward Payson Heald
Heald College in Milpitas in 2012; the building was later used as a private school[3]

The college was founded[4] in San Francisco, California, by Edward Payson Heald, on August 8, 1863, and known for many years as "Heald's Business College".[5]

In 1875, due to demand for training in mining and civil engineering, Heald created “The School of Engineering and Mining” located at 425 McAllister Street. In 1913 the McAllister Street location was purchased by the City of San Francisco to become the new City Hall. At that time Heald moved the school into a new building at Van Ness and Post where it remained until August 1983, when the Engineering College Division was closed, and the Heald Technical Division was relocated to a new facility at Yerba Buena West.[6]

In 2001, it changed its name from Heald Colleges to Heald College. In 2007, the then non-profit institution was acquired by a private investor group and turned into a for-profit college.[7]

In November 2009, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. purchased Heald College's parent company for $395 million, simultaneously announcing plans to begin in 2011 offering online-only courses leading to degree programs based entirely on online coursework. However, Corinthian planned to retain the Heald name, as well as its faculty and staff.[8]

In 2015, due to findings by the Department of Education of misrepresented job placement rates in certain programs at Corinthian Colleges, including Heald, after July 2010,[9] the department made students of these programs eligible to have their debts cancelled if they submitted an attestation form. Corinthian was assessed a fine of $30 million, and shut down all its campuses, including Heald, on April 27, 2015.[10][11]

Corinthian had sold some of its campuses.[11] At the time of closure, in addition to its online program,[12] Heald had campuses in Hawaii, Oregon, and ten locations in California:[11]

  • Concord
  • Fresno
  • Hayward
  • Milpitas/San Jose
  • Modesto/Salida
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Roseville
  • Salinas
  • San Francisco
  • Stockton[10]


From 1983 until its closure, Heald College was accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[13] Heald offered Associate in Applied Sciences degrees[14] and Associate of Arts degrees, diplomas or certificates.

In addition, in July 2012, Heald College received accreditation from the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges accrediting commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC Sr.).[15]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Corinthian Colleges, Inc". Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Bauer, Ian (February 5, 2016). "Milpitas: Stratford School applies to take over closed Heald College site". The Mercury News. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Lewis Publishing Company in 1892
  5. ^ van Ommeren 2004
  6. ^ Dillon, Richard H. (1983). San Francisco: Adventurers and Visionaries. Continental Heritage Press. p. 190. ISBN 0932786359.
  7. ^ "Capstone Partners Advises Heald College on Acquisition by Investor Group". Capstone LLC. p. 7. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Nanea Kalani (November 6, 2009). "Sale of Heald Colleges could lead to more student options". Pacific Business News. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  9. ^ "List of Heald College Programs and Enrollment Dates Covered by Department of Education Findings" (PDF). Department of Education. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Sevilla, Mario (April 29, 2015). "FAQS about Heald, Everest, And Wyotech Campuses". kron4.com. Media General. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c Tucker, Jill (April 26, 2015). "Corinthian, Heald colleges shut down abruptly". sfgate.com. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Heald Online programs". Heald Online. Archived from the original on December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  13. ^ "ACCJC DIRECTORY OF ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS AUGUST 2012" (PDF). August 1, 2012. p. 13. Retrieved August 13, 2012.[dead link]
  14. ^ "Heald College Academic Catalog" (PDF). Heald College. June 2011. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  15. ^ "WASC Commission Actions – June 2012" (PDF). July 1, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  16. ^ Huesgen, Tai (2019). "Finding aid for the Oliver Gagliani papers, circa 1940s-2000s" (PDF) (PDF). Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ Kawakami, Kenjiro (2002). "William R. Gorham (1888–1949) and Japanese Industry". International Conference on Business & Technology Transfer. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  18. ^ Edward Sanford Harrison (1892). "Biographical Sketches". History of Santa Cruz County, California. Pacific Press Publishing Company. pp. 318–319.*

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