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ABHES Grants Accreditation to Charter College

After an extensive, year-long review, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) has granted institutional accreditation to all Charter College and Charter Institute campuses through February 28, 2022.

“We are thrilled about the accomplishment of our schools in that we’re able to align ourselves with the high standards of ABHES,” said Joshua Swayne, CEO of Prospect Education, which owns and operates the Charter College and Charter Institute campuses, as well as online programs. “This partnership will allow us to even better help our students and the communities we serve.”

ABHES, which has been a leader in health education accreditation for more than 40 years, is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly allied health education programs and the programmatic accreditation of medical assistant, medical laboratory technician and surgical technology programs leading to a certificate, diploma, associate of applied science, associate of occupational science, academic associate degree, baccalaureate degree, or master's degree, including those offered via distance education.

Gaining ABHES recognition is a testament to Charter College’s focus on quality vocational education for its students. “ABHES standards hold us accountable for our ability to prepare our students for employment in their chosen field of study, which aligns perfectly with our motto of ‘we work to get you to work,” said Prospect Education’s Vice President of Academic Operations, Joel Nelson.

Institutional accreditation by ABHES signifies that Charter College has met the eligibility criteria and evaluation standards of ABHES, as evidenced by its most recent on-site reviews, and continuous compliance with the policies and procedures for maintenance of accreditation. In addition to ensuring students receive a quality education from a qualified institution, accreditation allows them to apply for Title IV financial aid funding.

As Vice President of Student Finance & Compliance, Vickey Cook’s job is to ensure that Charter College campuses are not only following internal policies, but that they’re also meeting the requirements of the accrediting bodies and the U.S. Department of Education. This means she and her team are involved in understanding national and state education regulations, along with constant updates; ensuring the campuses are in compliance; and reviewing student outcomes.

“ABHES and other accrediting bodies bring in industry specialists on a regular basis,” Cook explained. “These specialists evaluate our programs to ensure a certain quality standard and that we are delivering what we promise to our students.”

Cook says the best part of her job is seeing students graduate and fulfill their career dreams, so they can provide a better life for themselves and their families. “Ensuring our programs meet objective, high standards means our students have the skills and education they need to succeed in life.”

Founded in 1985, Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education, providing students with a career-focused education in job fields that include healthcare, business, information technology, aviation and select trades. There are Charter College campuses in California, Washington, Alaska and Montana; Charter Institute a division of Charter College in New Mexico; and online programs. For more information, visit www.chartercollege.edu.