History of CCSD
California College San Diego was formerly known as California College for Health Sciences (CCHS) and before that as the California College for Respiratory Therapy (CCRT).
Prior to moving to California in April 1976, CCRT was located in Phoenix, Arizona, and was known as the Scottsdale Education Center, which originated in December 1971. As a vocational-technical school, it offered a variety of allied health and technical programs. In January 1974, a Respiratory Therapy Technician Program was started and continued in Phoenix until 1976.
Upon moving to California, Scottsdale Education Center became California College for Respiratory Therapy and operated in San Diego from 1977 to 1980, offering only a Respiratory Therapy Technician program. In 1978 CCRT launched a distance education model of its Respiratory Therapy program. CCRT changed its name in 1983 to California College for Health Sciences (CCHS).
National Education Company (NEC)/International Correspondence Schools (ICS) acquired the College in June 1996. In June 1997, Harcourt General acquired NEC, ICS's parent corporation, and CCHS. In 2001, the Thomson Corporation acquired ICS (now Education Direct) and CCHS.
In May 2003, the College was purchased by California College, Inc. and became the newest member of a family of schools that includes the Stevens-Henager Colleges in Utah and Idaho and the CollegeAmerica schools in Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. At that time, the name of the institution was changed to California College San Diego (CCSD), and the academic offerings were expanded to include degree programs in business, technology, and medical specialties.
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