by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Kaplan College Vista Offers Programs to Help Students Achieve Their Professional Goals

For those of you working adults who want to advance your career, yet are juggling the demands of home and work, Kaplan College might be the school you’ve been looking for. “Kaplan College is an institution of higher education dedicated to providing quality programs that integrate curriculum with professional skill development, empowering students to achieve their lifelong personal and professional goals,” stated director of the institution, Laura Stinson. “Kaplan College believes in supporting its students’ ability for success. We offer services such as individual advisement, tutoring, career services, and assistance in locating needed social services.”

So how does Kaplan College – an institution that has been around since its start in 1976 and has a 20-year-old campus in Vista – stand out among its competitors, you wonder? “Kaplan College, Vista campus partners with over 160 local employers to train students during their required externships,” explained Stinson. “Qualified graduates fill area workforce needs and have been placed at local companies…In the past five years, over 4,200 students have graduated from Kaplan College Vista with newly acquired job-focused skills.”

And that’s not the only unique quality about Kaplan. “To better prepare graduates for their future career, our education programs include the opportunity to use the materials and equipment utilized in the day-to-day workplace for their chosen career,” said Stinson. “Students have the opportunity to practice what they learn before beginning a new career.”

“Students have the opportunity to practice what they learn before beginning a new career.”

Kaplan’s commitment to its students, however, extends beyond academic and career assistance; it has been known to help its students during the holidays with Thanksgiving food baskets and presents for the student’s children.


And the team at Kaplan prides itself on staying involved in its community. “In 2014 the campus hosted their first annual medical camp where they partnered with local physicians and offered a free community clinic to patients at no cost,” described Stinson, “Their next medical camp will be on May 30.” Students and staff have also volunteered at local food banks and are encouraged to participate in a company-wide “Serve-a-Thon” day, serving such local organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA. “Additionally,” noted Stinson, “Kaplan College participates in many local walks and charities, further supporting its focus on the community.”

Diploma programs offered by Kaplan include: Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Healthcare Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, Massage Therapy, Holistic Health Practitioner, X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, and Vocational Nursing. Kaplan also offers an associate degree program in Criminal Justice and the following continuing education courses: Phlebotomy Technician and IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal. For more information about these programs you can contact the campus at 760-630-1555.


Name of School: Kaplan College
Year of Establishment: 1976
Address: 2022 University Dr., Vista, CA 92083
Phone: 760-630-1555
Description of School: Kaplan College’s programs combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for students. Kaplan teaches the industry knowledge and technical skills that students need to succeed.