Penn Foster is one of the pioneers of distance learning with over 125 years in education. Thomas J. Foster is responsible for founding the first Penn Foster program. It was originally created to help coal miners with the education they need to advance in their careers and increase worker safety. After their founding in 1890, Penn Foster eventually grew to provide blended and online learning services to students. Today, Penn Foster graduates over 30,000 students each year across the United States and allows the schedule flexibility some students need in order to further their education. Students have 24/7 access to an online community of both professors and fellow students.
Los Angeles Trade-Tech (LATTC) was founded in 1925 originally as Frank Wiggins Trade School. LA Trade-Tech is the oldest of nine other public two-year colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District which covers 882 square miles. Almost half of the LA Trade-Tech students work more than 30 hours each week while attending school. Their vision is to be "a global leader known for effectively incorporating leading-edge theories, proven educational practices, hands-on experiences, and technology into our career-technical and professional programs."
Based in Orem, Utah, Utah Valley University's Career and Technical Education department has over 40 certificate and associate degree programs. UVU provides unique program offerings including aviation science, culinary arts, and mechatronics technology. As of the 2016 to 2017 school year, over 13,000 students, or 40% of UVU's student population, were enrolled in a CTE program. Education is offered to existing high school students or those looking to meet career goals and UVU's Pathways program ensures that students only take the necessary classes to meet career goals.
Ivy Tech Community College was founded in 1963 originally as Indiana Vocational Technical College. In it's starting years, their main focus was on technical and vocational education. Today they are a full-fledged community college for Indiana residents. They offer more than 1,000 online classes in addition to hands-on experience with advanced technologies and training facilities. All this comes with small class sizes averaging about 22.
Ivy Tech has even more to offer. They currently have 32 degree-granting locations, serve more than 170,000 students each year, and teach classes in more than 75 different communities. Ivy Tech's mission is to "prepare Indiana residents to learn, live, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment by delivering professional, technical, transfer, and lifelong education."
Carrington College was originally founded in 1967 in Sacramento, California. It was originally designed to train both medical and dental assistants and prepare them for those specific career paths. Today, Carrington College has grown to over eighteen campuses spread across a number of states. Each year, enrollment sits around 7,300 students and there are over 90,000 Carrington College alumni. Carrington College serves as a division of the DeVry Education Group and offers career training in medical, dental, veterinary, and criminal justice fields. John Roth is currently the dean of Carrington College.