Heald College

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Heald College
Motto Get in. Get out. Get ahead.
Active 1863–2015
President Eeva Deshon (last)
Location San Francisco
Campuses 12 campuses & online
Website heald.edu
The Heald College building in Milpitas

Heald College was a regionally accredited for-profit, business-career college with multiple campuses in California, and one campus in Oregon and Hawaii.[1] The school offered courses in the fields of healthcare, business, legal, and technology. Beginning in 2012, the school also offered full online degrees. Heald College was owned by parent company Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company known for its other career-college brands, Everest College and WyoTech.[2]

Heald closed their doors for good when Corinthian Colleges shuttered all of their campuses on April 27, 2015.[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 2001, it changed its name from Heald Colleges to Heald College. A few years after that, in 2007, the then non-profit institution was acquired by a private investor group and turned into a for-profit college.[6]

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-only coursework. However, Corinthian planned to retain the Heald name, as well as its faculty and staff.[7]


From 1983 until its closure, Heald College had regional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[8] Heald offered Associate in Applied Sciences degrees[9] 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.).[10]

Campus locations[edit]

Heald College campuses were located in 12 cities:

In addition to Heald's physical locations, they also operated an online program that offered 7 different degrees.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Corinthian College is a criminal enterprise: Then why are teacher pension funds buying their stock?". The Daily Censored. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Corinthian Colleges, Inc.". 
  3. ^ Sevilla, Mario (April 29, 2015). "http://kron4.com/2015/04/29/faqs-about-heald-everest-and-wyotech-campuses/". kron4.com. Media General. Archived from the original on 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2015-06-09. Corinthian Colleges shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses on Monday, April 27, displacing 16,000 students. The shutdown comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announcing it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation. 
  4. ^ Lewis Publishing Company in 1892
  5. ^ van Ommeren 2004
  6. ^ "Capstone Partners Advises Heald College on Acquisition by Investor Group". Capstone LLC. p. 7. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Nanea Kalani (6 November 2009). "Sale of Heald Colleges could lead to more student options". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  8. ^ "ACCJC DIRECTORY OF ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS AUGUST 2012" (PDF). 1 August 2012. p. 13. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Heald College Academic Catalog" (PDF). Heald College. June 2011. p. 3. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "WASC Commission Actions – June 2012" (PDF). 1 July 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Heald Online programs". Heald Online. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Kawakami, Kenjiro (2002). "William R. Gorham (1888-1949) and Japanese Industry". International Conference on Business & Technology Transfer. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  13. ^ Edward Sanford Harrison (1892). "Biographical Sketches". History of Santa Cruz County, California. Pacific Press Publishing Company. pp. 318–319. *