Carrington College (US)

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Carrington College
Carrington College logo.svg
Former names
  • U.S. Education Corporation
  • Carrington College Group
  • Carrington College California
  • Apollo College
  • Western Career College
Established1967 (1967)
Parent institution
San Joaquin Valley College, Inc.
PresidentDonna M. Lorraine, Ph.D.
Location, ,
CampusMultiple, 18+
Colors Blue and Gold          

Carrington College is a network of for-profit private colleges. Established in 1967, the college is headquartered in Sacramento, California, and has 19 locations throughout the Western United States. Carrington College has a student enrollment of over 5,200 and 132,000 alumni. [1]

Sacramento, California State capital and city of California, United States

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in Northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento's estimated 2018 population of 501,334 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the United States. Sacramento is the seat of the California Assembly, the Governor of California, and Supreme Court of California, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. Sacramento is also the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which had 2010 population of 2,414,783, making it the fifth largest in California.

Western United States Region in the United States

The Western United States is the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States. As European settlement in the U.S. expanded westward through the centuries, the meaning of the term the West changed. Before about 1800, the crest of the Appalachian Mountains was seen as the western frontier. The frontier moved westward and eventually the lands west of the Mississippi River were considered the West.


Carrington College offers career training in medical, dental, veterinary, and criminal justice fields. The company is owned by San Joaquin Valley College, Inc.


The institution was founded in 1967 in Sacramento, California, as the Northwest College of Medical Assistants and Dental Assistants. The college was established to meet the education needs of the local healthcare community.

In 1969, the College was purchased and underwent its first name change, to "Western College of Allied Health Careers – A Bryman School." The Education Corporation of America ("EdCOA, Inc.") purchased the college in 1983 and changed its name to Western Career College (WCC). In 1986, WCC opened a second campus in the Bayfair Center in San Leandro, California. The third campus opened in 1997 in Pleasant Hill, California. [2]

Bryman College was a system of for-profit colleges in the United States. Bryman College became Everest College in April 2007 and returned to the Bryman name after BioHealth Colleges purchased the San Jose, Hayward, San Francisco and Los Angeles-Wilshire locations.

Bayfair Center

The Bayfair Center is a regional shopping mall located in San Leandro, California. It was formerly known as the Bay Fair Mall until 2004. It is currently anchored by Macy's, Target, Kohl's, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Old Navy, along with an external Century Theatres multiplex. The Bay Fair BART station is adjacent to the mall.

San Leandro, California City in California, United States

San Leandro is a large suburban town in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, between Oakland to the northwest and Hayward to the southeast.

WCC earned regional accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in June 2001.

Regional accreditation aspect of university accreditation in the U.S.A.

Regional accreditation is the educational accreditation of schools, colleges, and universities in the United States by one of seven regional accrediting agencies. Accreditation is a voluntary process by which colleges demonstrate to each other, and sometimes to employers and licensing agencies, that their credits and degrees meet minimum standards. It is the self-regulation of the higher education industry.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States. The ACCJC accredits private and public colleges that provide students two-year education programs and confer the associate degree. The Commission's scope includes colleges in California, Hawaii, and American territories and protectorates in the Pacific Ocean.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges university accreditation organization in the U.S.A. for California, Hawaii and some territories

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an official academic body responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas Islands, in addition to the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Pacific Rim, East Asia, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia.

In December 2003, U.S. Education Corporation, a California-based company, acquired Western Career College. The U.S. Education Corporation also acquired Apollo College, which was founded by Margaret M Carlson in 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona, to prepare graduates for careers in skilled professions. [3] The U.S. Education Corporation was led by president and chief executive officer George Montgomery from 2002 to 2011. The college expanded in August 2005 by incorporating the operations and programs of Silicon Valley College (SVC).

Phoenix, Arizona State capital city in Arizona, United States

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,626,000 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the most populous American state capital, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

In September 2008, U.S. Education Corporation became a division of DeVry, Inc. In 2010, Western Career College changed its name to Carrington College California and Apollo College changed its name to Carrington College. [4] [5] The name Carrington College was chosen after a year of extensive research and testing with current and potential students, and staff focus groups. "The fact that the name contains the word 'caring' connotes the care and dedication faculty and staff take to help students achieve their career goals and aspirations," said George Montgomery, president of U.S. Education, the parent organization for both colleges. "It also coincides with the schools’ emphasis on health care programs." [6]

President Montgomery retired at the end of 2011 and was succeeded as president of the group by Robert Paul, DeVry University's vice president for metro operations. [4] In 2012, under Paul's leadership, the institution's mascots, Blue and Goldie, were developed. [7] In 2014, Paul succeeded David Pauldine as president of DeVry University and was succeeded as president of Carrington College Group by Jeff Akens. Previously, Akens had served as president of Carrington College California from 2007 to 2014 and had been with the institution since 1993. [8] In 2016, Donna M. Lorraine was appointed president of Carrington College, after Akens' retirement. [9]

In 2014, Carrington College California received approval under the ACCJC/WASC accreditation to add the Carrington College campuses to its existing network, resulting in one consolidated institution called Carrington College. [1]

In December 2018, Carrington College's ownership was transferred from the Adtalem Global Education group (formerly the DeVry Education Group) to the San Joaquin Valley College, Inc. [10] .


Carrington College campuses offer programs that lead to a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science Degree. [11] Carrington College provides employment-focused, outcome-based, postsecondary education and training with a focus in the healthcare industry, in areas including medical, dental, administrative, veterinary and health studies programs.


Carrington College offers 18 programs through five areas of focus including medicine, health studies, dentistry, administration, or veterinary medicine. Some of the programs include health care administration, pharmacy technology, practical nursing, criminal justice, veterinary assisting, and dental assisting. [12]


Carrington College is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. [3]

Additionally, many of the programs at Carrington College are accredited by specialized accrediting bodies, which focus on specific occupational fields such as the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. [3]

Campuses and centers

Carrington College is based in Sacramento, California. The college has 21 campuses and centers in eight states including California, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. [13]

Carrington College campuses and center locations include:

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