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Charter College Mission

Charter College strives to be a leader in private postsecondary, career-focused education, serving a diverse population in a student centered and collaborative learning environment, while assisting graduates to advance, enrich, or change their careers.


  • Serve and offer access to a diverse student population
  • Offer programs with technical, skill-based and career-oriented curricula
  • Provide knowledgeable and experienced teaching faculty
  • Provide a caring and nurturing environment
  • Provide classrooms with appropriate technical equipment
  • Assist graduates in obtaining positions in their chosen field

A short history of Charter College

Charter College in Anchorage, Alaska, opened its doors in 1985 as the first Charter College campus offering a high quality career education. The concept was to bring a unique style of higher education to the Anchorage community–a way to advance careers and expand opportunities without trapping students in a four-year program where they were required to study subjects that were not relevant to their career field. Ten years earlier, the Canyon Country, California campus had opened under a different name, but because of common leadership and mission, adopted the Charter College name.

Today, Charter College has fourteen on-ground campuses in Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, and Washington. We offer more than two dozen career-focused programs in a variety of fast-growing sectors. You'll find bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and certificate programs in health care, business, information technology, and select trades. All programs are carefully developed to provide career growth and employment opportunity.

We are very proud of the success of our students and we believe their success is a result of the unique educational structure at Charter College, our committed instructors and administrators, and the incredible resources we provide to every student.