History and Mission of Southeastern College
At Southeastern College, we focus on providing our students with the specialized career skills and knowledge needed for today’s marketplace.
The mission of Southeastern College is to provide quality career education and skill development to aspiring individuals pursuing a career or advancement in their chosen field.
About Southeastern College’s History
In order to learn more about SEC, it is important to know about our rich history of education. Now one of the nursing colleges in Florida, Southeastern College was founded in 1988 as Cruise Career Training Institute (C.C.T.I.) by recognized leaders in the cruise and travel industry. They saw a need in the travel industry for highly skilled, dedicated, and motivated employees to provide the highest standards of service.
In 1994, C.C.T.I. was acquired by Arthur and Belinda Keiser who have long-term involvement in developing and managing private colleges and schools. In 1995, C.C.T.I. applied for and was granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. By 1996, C.C.T.I. expanded its travel program offerings to meet the needs of the community and its students. A year later, C.C.T.I. further expanded its scope of career education to include programs in the business, computer, and medical fields. To more effectively represent its mission and philosophy, C.C.T.I. changed its name to Keiser Career Institute with the main campus located in Lake Worth, Florida.
In 1998, Keiser Career Institute opened a branch campus in Cooper City, Florida, and in 1999, Keiser Career Institute opened a second branch campus in Port St. Lucie, Florida. In 2002, the Cooper City campus moved its location to Pembroke Pines, Florida.
To better serve the needs of its students and the surrounding communities, Keiser Career Institute changed its name in 2002 to Keiser Career College and was approved to offer Associate Degree programs. In 2003, the main Lake Worth campus moved its location to West Palm Beach, Florida.
Also in 2003, the Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach, and Port St. Lucie Campuses were granted institutional accreditation with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and were recognized by the Commission as Schools of Distinction.
In 2005, Keiser Career College opened a third branch campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it was granted institutional accreditation with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. Additionally, the West Palm Beach campus moved its location to Greenacres, Florida, and the Pembroke Pines campus moved its location to Miami Lakes, Florida.
In October 2008, the Main Greenacres Campus opened a Branch Campus in New Port Richey, Florida with a satellite location in Spring Hill, Florida that was later moved to Tampa, Florida. This location became the fourth Branch Campus of the Greenacres Main Campus. In July of 2011, the Tampa Branch Campus expanded its facilities to include two additional classroom spaces also located in the same plaza.
Finally in May 2012, Keiser Career College changed its name to Southeastern College, and the college started to become the career-focused institution that is it today. In 2015, the Greenacres Main campus moved its location to where our West Palm Beach college is today. At Southeastern College, we also offer nursing and medical programs in Miami at our branch campus.
About Southeastern Institute’s History
In November of 2020, the name of the North Charleston, Charlotte and Columbia campuses were changed from Southeastern Institute to Southeastern College.
The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy of Charlotte, Inc., was founded in 1994. The school was established to provide a clinically based curriculum in Professional Clinical Massage Therapy training.
In February of 2007, the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy of Charlotte, Inc., was acquired by Dr. Arthur and Belinda Keiser who have long-term involvement in developing and managing private colleges and schools. In January of 2009, the school moved to a new facility also in the Charlotte area. In April of the same year, the school changed its name to Southeastern Institute and in September expanded its program offerings beyond Professional Clinical Massage Therapy. The campus moved to its new facility in 2019 and the name was changed from Southeastern Institute to Southeastern College in November 2020.
The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy of Columbia and the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy of Charleston were founded in 1997. Upon licensure by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the schools were established to provide a clinically based curriculum in the Professional Clinical Massage Therapy training program.
In February of 2007, the schools were acquired by Dr. Arthur and Belinda Keiser who have long-term involvement in developing and managing private colleges and schools. Additionally, in 2007 the schools shortened their name to Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage. In 2009, the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage changed their name to Southeastern Institute and expanded the program offerings beyond Professional Clinical Massage Therapy. In order to accommodate future growth, the Columbia campus moved to a new facility in January 2017 and the North Charleston campus moved to its new facility in June 2017.
Affiliates Of Southeastern College
The purpose of Southeastern College is to offer quality career education in South Florida that prepares students for their futures. Our curriculum is geared towards entry-level students with no prior background in the subject matter. Our programs focus on the specialized skills and knowledge needed for today’s marketplace by providing courses that apply to skill performance and career management development. To learn more about our Florida-based campuses, feel free to contact us.