History & Mission

Our Story

A group of Summit College nursing students smiling and hanging out on the the old Colton campus.

Since our founding in 1991, Summit College has provided affordable, quality education to students seeking new paths. We began with one campus in Colton, California, which was quickly approved by the Bureau of Private Post Education. Then, just three years later, in 1994, we received national accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (or ACCET).

Today, Summit College operates three campuses servicing the Inland Empire, San Diego and Orange counties. The college offers short- and long-term programs in a variety of fields, such as:

We take a unique approach to designing our programs’ curriculums. It’s more about you, and less about us. Whatever your personal interests or career aspirations are, we help you choose the right program for you and give you the resources to elevate your life. Our resources include knowledgeable instructors, personal attention, academic support, free tutoring services, and up-to-date facilities. Our hands-on training and career services help you rise to the requirements and needs of the job market.


At Summit College, we know that every student’s climb is different, and we’re here to support your climb, whatever form it might take. To make your climb a little easier, we have start dates throughout the year. Classes are offered mornings, nights, and weekends, and our programs are available in different length options, ranging from eight hours for CPR certification to nine months for comprehensive career training.

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Summit College Mission

The mission of Summit College is to provide adult learners with entry-level skills and technological knowledge necessary to elevate their lives and find success in their chosen vocational fields. We are committed to offering quality education that supports our students as they climb toward the careers they deserve.

Summit College Goals

  • To instill, through knowledge, the ability to contribute to society in a professional and successful manner.
  • To provide a caring, nurturing learning environment that promotes academic excellence.
  • To employ qualified and dedicated faculty members who possess both educational and related experience in the fields they teach. To encourage their continued professional development and support of the college’s mission, purpose, and objectives.
  • To support our students in their studies by means of tutorial services, academic advisement, and employment assistance.
  • To provide our students with a facility that offers technologies and equipment relevant to their fields of study.
  • To remain committed to a culture of academic freedom and collegial engagement.
  • To provide programs that meet the needs of the community while consistently reviewing the curriculum, ensuring that the applicable skills and knowledge acquired result in entry-level employment.

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Our Locations

San Bernardino

804 East Brier Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408

El Cajon

411 N Marshall Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020

Santa Ana

1639 E. Edinger Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705