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All educational institutions in the state of Alaska must receive authorization to operate by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. Alaska Career College has been continuously authorized to operate by the state of Alaska Commission since March 1985. While it is not unusual for the Commission to authorize institutions for a maximum of three years, Alaska Career College received at its most recent renewal an unprecedented authorization of five years. This renewal included the following comments from Ms. Diane Barrans, Executive Director of the Commission:
Alaska Career College has been a trendsetter and leader of excellence in career education in Alaska. The Academy has a strong track record of engaging with the Greater Anchorage business community to identify current and anticipated workforce needs and responds with training programs to address those needs. These efforts serve the mutual interest of the community and Alaska Career College graduates.
Alaska Career College voluntarily undergoes periodic accrediting evaluations by teams of qualified examiners including subject experts and specialists in occupational education and private college administration. ACC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. ACCSC is a member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditations (CHEA). ACC has been accredited by ACCSC since 1987.
Accreditation assures students that an institution has earned national standing through a respected voluntary peer review process. The integrity and honesty of an institution is fundamental and critical to the process. Accreditation serves as an indication of institutional quality. Accredited schools agree to, and must meet or exceed, the Standards of Accreditation. As a qualified institution of higher learning, Alaska Career College offers approved programs of study that meet specific academic goals and standards. Alaska Career College employs professional faculty, offers facilities and equipment to the public designed to meet the educational objectives of the institution, and ensures that the financial and organizational structure of the school has stability and permanence in the educational community.
Since 1965, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) has been at the forefront of establishing and advancing quality education at postsecondary schools and colleges. Learn More about Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)...
The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosures and reporting requirements of colleges like Alaska Career College which participate in Title IV programs. A disclosure requirement is information that the college is required to distribute or make available to students (and sometimes employees). A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S Department of Education, the state of Alaska, the ACC accrediting commission ACCSC, or other agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap.
ACCREDITATION and STATE OF ALASKA GRADUATION AND EMPLOYMENT RATES
The following rates are from the most recent annual report submitted to the Accreditation Commission of Career Schools and Colleges in October 2020. Please note that the college is also required by the US Department of Education to report these rates on the ACC website in October of each year: www.AlaskaCareerCollege.edu. The following information is the most current as of October 2020.
|AAS, Business Administration & Computer Technology — Days**||7/17 - 6/18||1||100%||1||1||100%|
|AAS, Business Administration and Computer Technology – Eves**||7/16 - 6/17||2||100%||2||2||100%|
|AAS, Business Administration and Accounting Technology - Days||7/17 - 6/18||12||86%||11||10||91|
|AAS, Business Administration and Accounting Technology - Eves||7/16 - 6/17||2||
|AAS, Business Administration and Human Resource Management - Days||7/17 -6/18||14||88%||13||12||92%|
|AAS, Business Administration and Human Resource Management - Eves||7/16 - 6/17||6||66%||5||4||80%|
|Business Office Technology Specialist - Days||1/18 - 12/18||2||67%||2||2||100%|
|Business Office Technology Specialist - Eves||7/17 - 6/18||2||100%||2||2||100%|
|Phlebotomy Technician Specialist||6/18 - 5/19||27||87%||24||19||79%|
|Medical Assistant Specialist - Days||1/18 - 12/18||69||81%||66||51||77%|
|Medical Assistant Specialist - Eves||7/17 - 6/18||27||73%||24||20||83%|
|Medical Insurance Coding and Billing Specialist - Eves||1-18 - 12/18||46||87%||43||37||86%|
|Aircraft Dispatcher Specialist**||7/18 - 6/19||0||0||0||0||0|
|Therapeutic Massage Specialist - Days||1/18 - 12/18||36||97%||34||32||94%|
|Therapeutic Massage Specialist - Eves||7/17 - 6/18||5||83%||5||4||80%|
NA* No graduates during this reporting period
**Program is no longer offered at Alaska Career College.
***Graduates unavailable for placement include the following categories: death, incarceration, active military service, or the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment.
STUDENTS RIGHT TO KNOW
Alaska Career College is required by numerous agencies to provide active and prospective students with information about the college’s graduation and employment rates. The U.S. Department of Education requires the following information regarding student outcomes.
For Students Who Started: Cohort Year September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Total Students = 354
Total Graduates = 281
Total Withdrawals = 73
Interested parties are also directed to the College Navigator website www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors and others to obtain information about schools.