Carrington College (US)

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

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.
PresidentMitch Charles, MBA
Location, ,
United States
CampusMultiple, 18+
ColorsBlue and Gold

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]

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

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).

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][better source needed]

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's Trades Education Center was introduced in 2020 in Phoenix, AZ.


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 26 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: corrections, veterinary assisting, and dental assisting.[12]


Carrington College is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.[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 centersEdit

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:


  1. ^ a b "DeVry Education Group Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Results" (PDF). Devry Education Group. 7 August 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Who is Carrington College?". Carrington College. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Accreditation". Carrington College. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Robert Paul Named President of Carrington Colleges Group" (Press release). DeVry, Inc. March 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  5. ^ "Western Career College, Apollo College renamed". Associated Press. March 26, 2010. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Blog | Educational Information". Carrington College. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  7. ^ "All Spot, No Dialogue". Screen Magazine. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Jeffrey R. Akens to Succeed Robert Paul as President of Carrington College California". Devry Education Group. 19 May 2014. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  9. ^ "DeVry Education Group Announces Appointment of Dr. Donna Loraine as President of Carrington College". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  10. ^ "Adtalem Global Education Completes Divestitures of DeVry University and Carrington College" (Press release). Business Wire. December 11, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  11. ^ "Carrington College California Changes Name to Carrington College". Market Watch. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  12. ^ "2016-2017 Carrington College Academic Catalog Volume VII" (PDF). Carrington College. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Carrington Colleges Group Style Guide". Adtalem Global Education. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.

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