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About Great Lakes Institute of Technology

Mission

Great Lakes Institute of Technology is dedicated to creating a student-centered environment by empowering individuals with the knowledge, practical skills, and experience necessary to reach career and life goals. The school is committed to providing quality education and training standards through a program of continuous assessment and improvement.

Assessment and Improvement

Great Lakes Institute of Technology maintains an ongoing institutional assessment and improvement program that ensures the quality of education provided. The school uses information obtained internally as well as externally to validate and improve the schools academic programs, administrative practices, and facilities. The improvement process is ongoing to ensure that the school is up to date and relevant to the various communities of interest.

Great Lakes Institute of Technology has developed Program Advisory Committees comprised of qualified individuals representing employers related to programs offered. The Committees are dedicated to advising the school’s administrators of current innovations and making recommendations relative to curriculum, program length, learning resources, facilities and equipment, and student outcomes. Each committee meets semi-annually to discuss program improvement as a means of ongoing institutional assessment.

Accreditation

Great Lakes Institute of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 247-4212, www.accsc.org. TONI&GUY® Hairdressing Academy is recognized by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) as a satellite location of Great Lakes Institute of Technology, Erie PA. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater FL 33763, (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #210, Littleton, CO 80120, (303) 694-9262, www.arcst.org. The school is currently in good standing with ARC/STSA.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org, upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), 6021 University Boulevard, Suite 500, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The school is currently in good standing with JRC-DMS.

History

Great Lakes Institute of Technology was initially established in 1965 as J.H. Thompson Academies and was the first private academy for career training in Erie. On April 1, 1996, 21st Century Career Developing Academies, Inc., became the controlling owner. In September 1998, in recognition of the regional service area of the institution, the name of the school was changed to Great Lakes Institute of Technology. Currently, Great Lakes offers career programs to the residents of the Great Lakes area. Programs are offered in the business, allied health, dental, nursing, surgical, ultrasound, veterinary, cosmetology, and massage fields. From the opening of the first institution in 1965 until the present, Great Lakes Institute of Technology has been dedicated to assisting students in achieving their goals through career education.

Memberships and Affiliations

Great Lakes Institute of Technology is a member of, holds a professional affiliation with, or associates with the following organizations.

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
  • Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
  • American Association of Cosmetology Schools
  • American Massage Therapy Association
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Surgical Technologists/Surgical Assistants
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Dental Assisting National Board
  • Dress For Success Erie
  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership
  • Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • National Association of FA Administrators
  • National Center for Competency Testing
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • PA Association of Private School Administrators
  • Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center

Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff of Great Lakes Institute of Technology, through years of training and/or experience, are well qualified to serve our students in a professional manner. All instructors are required to have a minimum number of years working in their field before they are eligible to teach at the school. Faculty members are certified or licensed, where required by law.

In addition, all faculty participate in an ongoing professional development program, which includes training in teaching skill development, professional development, and continuing education in their field. All faculty are required to regularly demonstrate a command of theory and practice and contemporary knowledge. Updated information of all faculty and staff can be found in the student handbook.

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