About Charter College

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About Charter College

Founded in 1985 by Dr. Milton Byrd, Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education, offering certificate and degree programs. For more than 35 years, we have remained true to our core mission to provide students with real-world skills that they can put to immediate use in the job market. From our original campus in Anchorage, AK, we have expanded to five additional states and now offer a wide range of programs that prepare students to build careers in industries that need well-trained employees. We offer programs in Business, Health Care and IT, three multi-trillion-dollar industries that are predicted to grow far into the future. We provide training for medical assistants, dental assistants, HVAC technicians, and welders, all hands-on professions that require knowledge and skills that our instructors can teach through comprehensive blended learning.

Charter College: A Unique Approach

Unlike traditional institutions of higher education that take a campus-first, liberal arts approach, Charter College runs programs that prepare you for the real world. You learn what you need to perform the tasks of your new career without added courses and unnecessary electives. From a curriculum built upon industry insight, you get hands-on training coupled with online instruction to make your education better fit the reality of your busy life. Programs offered exclusively online provide you with the same robust material but presented with more flexibility; you learn when it’s most convenient for you. And the faculty come from the careers they teach about, bringing industry knowledge, experience, and anecdotes into the classroom. You learn from the best to be your best.

Our 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.

Charter College provides you with the knowledge, training, and support you need to find success in your new career.

  • Serve and offer access to a diverse student population
  • Industry-influenced curriculum and instruction modules
  • Hands-on learning and externship opportunities for many programs
  • Onsite labs and shops that mimic what you’d find on the job
  • Passionate instructors who care about you and your success
  • Flexible class schedules that include online, blended learning, day, and evening options
  • Financial aid for those who qualify
  • Assist graduates in obtaining positions in their chosen field

Blended Learning Delivery Method

At Charter College, we offer a unique blended learning option. Not only does the blended learning structure respect your time, but it also has proven success. Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve your goals inside the classroom so that you can exceed your expectations in a fulfilling career.


Blended learning at Charter College means that your studies are split between in classroom work and online work, offering you more flexibility. We do this because we want students to get their degrees without too many time constraints. With the blended learning model, you save on commuting and travel expenses, while still being able to remain committed to every other priority in your life. Online studies can be completed anywhere there is internet connection at the student’s convenience. Computers are available for purchase through Charter College.

Proven Success

The blended learning model has been proven to be the most effective way for students to learn. A U.S. Department of Education study found that students who had a blended curriculum performed better than students in traditional settings. Charter College believes blended learning has the ability to meet the needs of a much broader group of students than traditional education. It is also proving to be a more effective way to prepare for a new career.


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Ready to Get on the Path to a Real Career?

Whatever program you choose, whether you want to learn online or on campus, we can help you achieve your dreams. Find out more about the Charter College certificate and degree programs that might help you change your life for the better.