North-West College

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North-West College
Private
Industry For-Profit Education
Successor Mitchell Fuerst
Founded 1966
Founder Marsha Fuerst
Headquarters West Covina, California, United States of America
Number of locations
7 (West Covina, Pomona, Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Glendale, Pasadena)
Website www.nw.edu

North-West College is a family owned private for-profit postsecondary college. North-West College offers diploma, associate degree and certification programs at each of its seven campuses throughout the Los Angeles and Riverside areas. North-West College was established in 1966 by Marsha Fuerst. Fuerst’s family has been involved in the allied health field since the early 1950s. North-West College continues to be owned and operated by the Fuerst family.[1]

History[edit]

North-West College was founded in 1966 by Marsha Fuerst. The Fuerst family, who still own and operate the college, help train men and women of all ages for professional careers in the field of healthcare. To date, North-West College has graduated more than 35,000 students. Since its founding, the college has grown to include seven campuses in the greater Los Angeles area. The college’s operations are currently directed by its president, Mitchell Fuerst.[1]

On October 10, 1966 North-West College (NWC) opened its doors with two classes and 43 students. North-West College was founded by the Fuerst family matriarch Marsha Fuerst. In 2010, Fuerst was a recipient of the CAPPS (California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools) Hall of Fame STAR award. This award was created in 2009 to honor its dedicated members.[2]

North-West College helps train students of all ages for professional careers in the field of healthcare. They offer programs including Medical Assisting, Vocational Nursing, Surgical Technology, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Massage Therapy and others. To date, NWC alone has graduated more than 35,000 students. Since its founding, the college has grown to include seven campuses in the greater Los Angeles area. The college’s operations are currently directed by its President, Mitchell Fuerst. After joining the organization in 1994, Mitchell Fuerst held multiple positions while working alongside his mother. He followed in her footsteps and became President of SEC (Success Education Colleges) in 2010.[3]

In mid-2013, NWC came to the aid of Southern California-based Newbridge College when the U.S. Department of Education approved a deal known as a “teach out” which allows NWC to keep the Long Beach and Santa Ana Campuses open and continue offering career training programs for the current students. The college is expected to remain open for at least two more years as part of an agreement with North-West College and the Department of Education to ensure current student matriculation and to assist others in the area.[4]

In August 1990, the school was the site of a shooting in which an administrator was killed and two students were wounded. Reputed local gang member Martin Meza allegedly entered the campus and was thought to be looking for a student with whom he had been living. While on campus, Meza fatally shot an employee who had just been promoted from instructor to placement director and wounded two students.[5] It was later learned that the student drove the getaway car. Meza was arrested but escaped from a Mexicali jail.[6]

Programs[edit]

North-West College provides a variety of healthcare career training programs. Programs available for students include:[7]

  • Dental Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech)
  • Eyecare Specialist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Biller and Coder
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Vocational Nurse
  • Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration

Accreditation[edit]

North-West College is accredited with the following establishments:[8]

Locations[edit]

North-West College offers seven locations in the state of California. Campuses are located in West Covina, Riverside, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Glendale, Pasadena, and Pomona. Each campus has laboratories and lecture rooms. Equipment provided is similar to the equipment that students will use in the field. Campus locations are as follows:[15]

2101 W. Garvey Ave. N. West Covina, CA 91790

530 E. Union St. Pasadena, CA 91101

4550 LaSierra Ave. Riverside, CA 92505

134 W. Holt Ave. Pomona, CA 91768

221 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

1840 E. 17th St. Santa Ana, CA 92705

3799 E Burnett St. Long Beach, CA 90815

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CAPPS 26th Annual Conference Program" (PDF). EDAdvisors. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "CAPPS Hall of Fame STAR Awards". CAPPS. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "North-West College". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Newbridge College". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Katz, Jesse (August 21, 1990). "Suspect May Be in Mexico, Police Say". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ford, Andrea (December 8, 1990). "Suspect in Southland Killing Flees Mexicali Jail". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "North-West College Programs". North-West College. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "North-West College Accreditations". North-West College. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges". ACCSC. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education". BPPE. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs". CAAHEP. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "American Society of Health-System Pharmacists". ASHP. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians". BVNPT. Archived from the original on 15 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools". CAPPS. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "North-West College Locations". North-West College. Retrieved 14 June 2013.