Charter College is a post-secondary career college which has its main campus located in Canyon County, California. It was founded in 1985 by Dr. Milton Byrd who was the former Provost at Florida International University and President of Chicago State University. Its original campus was in Anchorage, Alaska which now serves as one of the many campuses maintained by the Charter College. The other campuses are located in Wasilla, Alaska; Lancaster, California; Long Beach, California; Oxnard, California; Bellingham, Washington; Pasco, Washington; and Vancouver, Washington. Online programs are provided by Charter College-Online.
Charter College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
The College seeks to provide students with career-focused education in the fields of Business, Healthcare, Dental Care, Criminal Justice, HVAC/R, Welding, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, and Information Technology. Programs vary by campus. Students are given the advantage of hands-on training, personalized attention, flexible class schedule, fast track learning, and instruction provided by industry professionals. The college also maintains technical partnerships by offering Microsoft office specialist, Novell-authorized courses, the Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP) Certification, the Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI) educational courseware, and training in Linux Operating system/computer hardware/and network security foundations through the use of CompTIA-approved course materials.
The academic offerings of Charter College are comprised of bachelor degree programs, associate degree programs, and certificate programs. Bachelor degree programs include Information Technology and Engineering, Business Management and Technology, Business Management and Accounting, Construction Management, and Criminal Justice. Associate degree programs are offered in Business Management Practice, Computer Science Concentration in Business Applications, Computer Science Concentration in Network Technology, Computer Science Concentration in Technical Graphics, Medical Office Administration Concentration in Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Office Administration Concentration in Medical Assistant, Computerized Accounting, and Criminal Justice. Certificate programs include Computer aided Drafting, Computerized Bookkeeping, Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Coding and Billing, Network Security, and Computerized Office Specialist. There are plans to add courses in Sustainability as part of the Construction management program to enable construction students to become LEED AP.
Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a vocational school, or a university, although it borrows elements from each to provide an educational program that has value and relevance. Graduates are expected to gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to qualify for entry-level positions in their preferred work environment. Classrooms have been equipped accordingly so that students come out with current knowledge and ability.
Students can make use of traditional financial aid options such as federal grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. The Student Financing staff of Charter College assists students in identifying the proper form of financial aid from the numerous federal, state, and local agencies. Military students can make use of military tuition assistance as provided for active duty, reserves, veterans, and current employees of the Department of National Defense. Annual tuition for traditional undergraduate students is estimated at $17,550.00.
Total student population is 770 of whom 72% are female and 28% are male. As for ethnicity, more than half of the students are White while the rest are African American, Asian American, Native American, and Hispanic. Charter College is not a member of any athletic conference.