Charter College was originally founded in 1985 by Doctor Milton Byrd. Doctor Byrd was the former Provost at Florida International University and President of Chicago State University. Charter College is a for-profit university headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Charter College is made up of multiple campuses found on the west coast and offers an online platform. Charter College is nationally accredited by the ACICS and offers what is considered to be a "career-focused" education. This means that students are preparing for an immediate transition into a career that will likely interest them.
- Job placement
- Federal assistance
One area where Charter College excels is helping their students secure employment upon completion of their program. The training and education also provided to these students will ultimately prepare them to succeed in their desired field. Of the students that graduate from a Charter College program, seventy percent of them will leave with not only a degree, but also a job. The career services department at Charter College can provide additional assistance to students looking to secure employment.
Not all trade school and online programs are able to offer their students federal assistance because they do not qualify for this kind of help. However, with Charter College, students will be able to apply for federal assistance. For students in need of financial help, and can subsequently qualify, federal grants and loans may be available. Students will need to fill out the correct paperwork and/or online forms to receive this sort of financial assistance. There are also federal work study programs available to students looking to ease the burden of financing their education. Interested students should get in contact with the financial office at Charter College for more information.
Charter College campuses can be found scattered across the western part of the United States. States that have an actual, physical location include: Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, and Washington. In Alaska there are two campuses, one in Anchorage and another in Wasilla. In California, there are campuses in the following cities: Canyon Country, Lancaster, and Oxnard. There are two campuses in Montana cities, one in Billings and another in Missoula. The Farmington location is the only campus in New Mexico. Washington has the most Charter College campuses, including locations in the following cities: Bellingham, East Wenatchee, Fife, Lacey, Pasco, Vancouver, and Yakima. Additionally, there is an online platform students can utilize for remote study.
Through Charter College, students will have access to a wide range of study areas. There are programs that fall under each of the following subjects, including: business, healthcare, information technology, veterinary, trades/vocational training, occupational training courses, and even aviation. There are specialties and specific training that are offered through each one of these program focuses. Depending on what program a student enrolls in, varying levels of degrees are offered. Charter College offers educational certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees.
- Graduation rate
- Regional accreditation
Less than half of the students that start a program through Charter College actually see it through until the end and ultimately earn a degree. As it is has been reported, only forty-nine percent of all students who enroll in a Charter College program end up graduating. There are a number of contributing factors that go into this low graduation rate, not all of which can be attributed to the Charter College faculty, curriculum, and other staff.
As stated previously, Charter College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is the largest national accrediting organization of degree granting institutions. That being said, to date, Carter College is not a regionally accredited college. Without this regional accreditation, students will likely be unable to transfer their credited from Charter to another public college or university. They simply will not be recognized or accepted.