Located in Fresno, California within the San Joaquin Valley, Heald College-Fresno is a premier career college in the western United States. The college was established in 1906, forming one of the 11 campuses that make up the entire Heald College institution itself. It offers programs in healthcare, business, law and technology and is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, an area with a growing job market.
HC-F is unique in its career-focused approach. Degree programs are meant to be short and efficient, providing students with a real-world, hands-on education that will lead to success in the working world. The most popular fields of study at the school are Clinical Assistant, Accounting, Business Administration, medical Administration and Criminal Justice, though many other areas are offered.
A strong emphasis is placed upon the brevity of the programs, with some degrees taking as little as six months to achieve. The availability and timeline is as follows:
- Associate in Applied Science: 18 to 24 months
- Associate of Arts: 9 to 12 months
- Short-Term Diploma: 12 to 16 months
- Certifications: 6 to 12 months
Many of the Associate of Arts degrees available can be used for transfer into four-year-programs (depending upon the requisites of the four-year institution, of course). A second Associate of Arts degree can also be achieved in six months, rendering students especially competitive in and prepared for the job market.
As mentioned, the school forms a part of the larger Heald College system. Heald College itself was established in 1863 in San Francisco, California as one of the first business colleges in the western United States. Today, the system includes eleven campuses in Oregon, Hawaii and California and thousands of career-ready students.
Regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (an association accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and U.S. Department of Education), the Heald College system is now one of the most highly-respected colleges of its type in the area.