Founded in 2005 by Weston Distance Learning, Inc., McKinley College offers students the opportunity to obtain an professional degree at the associate’s level. Founded at the height of the distance learning movement, McKinley College is strictly a distance learning institution. In addition to their specialization in distance learning, McKinley College is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), an accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education, and holds the approval of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board. Furthermore, McKinley College is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools (CACCS). These accreditations ensures that a degree from McKinley College is a quality, respected degree that will lead to a career in a professional field.
The mission of McKinley College is to provide “high-quality and affordable degrees” through distance learning. This is done by adopting a student-centered approach, and teaching courses in a way that is experientially-based, industry relevant and employment focused. McKinley College distance learning is not just interested in putting a few additional letters after students’ names. Instead, their mission and goal is to help students to begin, enhance, or change their career through a quality degree. To ensure their goals, courses are taught by industry professionals and textbooks are not selected unless they are written by someone who has experience in their professional field. Furthermore, McKinley College looks at students’ performance as a basis of how well the institution is teaching and to find ways to make improvements in course instruction.
As a professional school, McKinley College offers several degrees in high-demand fields. Degrees are offered at the associate’s level as an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and are offered in three categories: Business, Health Service, and Specialized. Business degrees include Accounting, e-Commerce, Business Management, Financial Services Management, and Marketing. Health Service degrees include Social Work, Medical Specialties, and Health information Technology. Specialized degrees include Human Resources, E-Commerce, Fashion Merchandising, and Entrepreneurship.
In lieu of traditional semesters, McKinley College offers courses year-round in 5 week terms. Students can pick how many courses they wish to take per term; this allows them to take 1-3 courses, or take a term off if needed. If students take the maximum number of courses per term, they can complete their degree in as little as 16 months! Additionally, McKinley College allows students to take their first 2 courses while they wait for the next term to begin. Finally, McKinley College allows students to take a “Life Experience Exam,” which allows them to earn college credit for work experience that they may have obtained prior to entering the program.
Tuition and fees are very reasonable at $135 per credit hour. McKinley College offers a discount of $10 per credit hour for students who pay their tuition in full, and flexible financing options are also available for students who need to spread their tuition payments out over the course of the term. Military benefits are also available at McKinley.