September 24, 2021

BrightStar Education Group Acquires Valley Medical College; Oregon Acquisition Expands BrightStar’s School Network to Five Locations in Two States

December 10, 2009

Jim Haga, CEO of BrightStar Education Group (303) 507-0662

Salem, Oregon, December 10, 2009 – BrightStar Education Group today announced its acquisition of Valley Medical College, a premier career-oriented postsecondary school providing training in the fields of allied health and practical nursing. The acquisition expands the BrightStar Education network to five locations in two states. BrightStar Education already serves more than 2,800 students attending schools in Central and Northern California.

Operating in Salem, Oregon, Valley Medical College is the only career postsecondary school in the state’s capital city, with more than 100 students currently enrolled. The acquisition marks BrightStar Education’s first foray into the state of Oregon.

“Valley Medical College has an exceptional reputation for providing quality career education,” said Jim Haga, CEO of BrightStar Education Group. “We are committed to further enhancing career training opportunities for students in the Willamette Valley by bringing additional financial, technological and educational resources to Valley Medical.”

Valley Medical has been licensed as a Private Career School by the Oregon State Board of Education since 1995. Valley Medical is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education and Training (ACCET) to award certificate programs. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals.

About BrightStar Education Group
With this acquisition, BrightStar Education Group includes five campus-based schools in two states. BrightStar Schools offer career-oriented certificate and associate degree programs designed to provide students with the skills necessary to qualify them for entry level employment in the fields of healthcare, business, technology, and culinary. BrightStar’s four California schools operate under the Institute of Technology name and are located in Clovis (Fresno area), Modesto, Roseville (Sacramento area), and Redding, California. BrightStar’s strategy includes organic growth through additional curricula and new campuses, the cross-utilization of curricula among separate schools, and the implementation of initiatives to standardize, replicate, and leverage successful internal processes. BrightStar’s strategy also includes strategic investments and acquisitions.

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