Brightwood Career Institute in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

To build a successful career, you need a vision for your future and a plan to get you where you want to go.

Whether you want to continue along a path you have already started or try a completely new direction, Brightwood Career Institute (formerly Kaplan Career Institute) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania offers associate's degrees and diploma programs that can guide you on the way to success.

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Career Education That Works

Employment trends vary throughout the nation. At Brightwood Career Institute, we create educational programs that can prepare you to meet the demands of the local job market.

You can acquire the specific knowledge and technical skills you will need to seek entry-level employment in your chosen career field as soon as you graduate. Most of our programs require you to complete an externship through which you will have an opportunity to "learn by doing" in a real-world workplace.

Flexible Scheduling

Providing affordable, career-focused education is our top priority at Brightwood Career Institute. Our programs are taught by instructors with professional experience who are committed to helping you succeed in school, so you can succeed in life.

We offer flexible scheduling with day and evening classes, so you don't have to give up your current job to pursue a higher education. Some programs let you earn your diploma in as little as 36 weeks.

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A History of Quality Vocational Training

Brightwood Career Institute, Harrisburg campus, was founded in 1918 as Beckley College, a business school offering vocational training to students in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1934, ownership of the school was transferred to Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Thompson, who renamed it Thompson College. Twenty-five years later, Arthur F. Nelson purchased the school and changed its name to Thompson Institute.

For several decades, the school continued its tradition of providing quality business education programs and expanded its curricula to include computer engineering technology and computer-aided drafting training programs.

In November 2006, the Thompson Institute's Harrisburg campus changed its name to Kaplan Career Institute, which became Brightwood Career Institute in December 2015.

Brightwood Career Institute is proud to serve the higher education needs of the residents of Harrisburg and the surrounding areas.

Our Harrisburg campus offers career-oriented programs in business, criminal justice, health care, and information systems and technology.

Located in the Capital City of Harrisburg

Harrisburg is the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The city graces the east bank of the majestic Susquehanna River—the largest river lying entirely within the United States that drains into the Atlantic Ocean—in the south central part of the state.

Harrisburg was once a quaint riverbank outpost but has blossomed into a picturesque metropolis. Within this fine city, you will find art and culture, sports and entertainment, restaurants offering some of the world's finest cuisine, charming boutiques and modern shopping malls, and nearly 691,000 warm, caring residents who take pride in their community.