Miami-Jacobs Career College

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Miami-Jacobs Career College
MottoChanging futures. Changing Lives.
Type For-profit
CEO Alan Sussna
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 1,200
Location, ,
Campus Urban
Locations7 campuses & learning centers, online [1]

Miami-Jacobs Career College is a for-profit college with locations throughout Ohio. Miami-Jacobs Career College has locations in several Ohio cities: Columbus, Dayton, Sharonville, Springboro, and Troy. The school offers degrees in nursing, cosmetology, healthcare, accounting, criminal justice, and graphic design.



A penmanship expert named Edwin D. Babbitt opened the Miami Commercial School. One of Babbitt's early students, A. D. Wilt, earned his tuition by serving as the school's janitor. Two years later, Wilt became president of the school. He held the position for 52 years. Initially, training was offered in shorthand, business methods, arithmetic, and penmanship. Typing courses were added later.

In the 1870s, the school pioneered in admitting women to classes that would prepare them for office positions.[ citation needed ] In 1908, the college introduced the Gregg Shorthand system to Ohio. In 1912, the college was one of the first in the country to teach machine shorthand: Stenotype.[ citation needed ] Dayton's second business school, the Jacobs Business College, merged with Miami Commercial in 1916, to form Miami-Jacobs.

In 1922, a collegiate curriculum was established, with subjects listed in credit hours, with classes organized as lecture-style groups rather than for individual instruction, and with a four-year program leading to a bachelor's degree. As business subjects became more popular in high school, Miami-Jacobs, for a period of over 10 years, was chartered by the state to provide training for business teachers.

In 1956, Miami-Jacobs received its accreditation as a Junior College of Business and began awarding associate degrees.

In October 1974, the college gave up its building at Second & Ludlow Streets to the City of Dayton for the Courthouse Square project and moved to a campus location with additional parking facilities at Second & Madison Streets— five blocks east of its longtime Second & Ludlow home. In August 2002, the college moved to a new facility located at the corner of Second and Patterson.

In December 2003, Miami-Jacobs Career College was acquired by Delta Educational Systems, Inc., a Virginia Corporation approved to do business in the State of Ohio. In 2005, Miami-Jacobs Career College opened its first branch in Springboro, Ohio, offering courses in medical assisting, dental assisting, massage therapy, cosmetology, and esthetics. In 2007, the Troy, Ohio, branch opened offering courses in medical assisting, massage therapy, cosmetology and esthetics.

In 2008, The Academy of Court Reporting in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, also acquired by Delta Career Education Corporation, changed its name to Miami-Jacobs Career College.

Evening College

A comprehensive evening school program is offered throughout the year by Miami-Jacobs Career College.


Miami-Jacobs Career College is formerly accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. The college is also authorized by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to confer associate degrees.

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