Career education institutions equip students across the country with career skills – from allied health and nursing to mechanics, welding and the trades, culinary, cosmetology, and truck driving, to name a few. Member institutions offer programs ranging from diploma and credential to associate, baccalaureate, and beyond. Over half the institutions in the sector are less than 2-year programs, and our membership reflects this same ratio.
Most CECU member institutions participate in Federal student financial assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. In order to be a member, institutions must be licensed by the state in which they are located, accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body, and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Many CECU member institutions also participate in other federal, state, and local education and workforce training programs.