Founded in 1985, Charter College is a system of private, independent colleges offering career training programs to students living across the West Coast. As of 2015, Charter College has 12 locations in three different states -- four in California, six in Washington, and two in Alaska. The school offers both degree and non-degree programs in business, criminal justice, healthcare, hospitality, legal studies, veterinary studies and several skilled trades. Charter College also offers an online master's degree in business administration. In addition to its campus locations, some of Charter's programs offer blended and online learning tracks.
Charter College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Faculty members at Charter College are working professionals who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom. Instructors are hired based on their ability to motivate students, as well as their work experience and educational credentials. Faculty members are required to provide industry-current, career-based instruction to their students. Curriculum is comprised of classroom lectures and hands-on training experiences.
Charter College's campus locations are commuter-based and do not provide student housing. Students are able to maintain their commitments outside of school by taking advantage of Charter's flexible day, evening, and online class schedules. The college offers accelerated learning tracks which allow students to complete some certificate/diploma programs in as little as nine months, some associate degrees in nine months, and some bachelor's degrees in 12 months. The online M.B.A can be completed in nine months. Students with prior work experience may be able to apply it toward some of their credits. Job fairs, career coaching, interview preparation and job placement assistance are provided by the Career Services Department.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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