In the Beginning … the Story of Career Education: Part One

The story is a little cloudy at the beginning. Like a foggy memory, there are images with a loose outline to them that begin to take shape, and eventually everything comes clearly into view — we can all see a progression of events that hasn’t relented, even to this day.

Published in 2007, the Imagine America Foundation’s history book, “In Service to America: Celebrating 165 Years of Career and Professional Education,” is a treasure trove of dates, grainy photos and facts that help bring some form to the very beginning of the sector that spawned thousands of career colleges and universities throughout our nation. America is now filled with colleges and universities offering certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields to about 2 million students every year nationwide.

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