Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia—formerly Thompson Institute and then Kaplan Career Institute—has been helping students achieve their goals since 1918.
With nearly a century of success, we have built a reputation for upholding quality and high standards in education. It is no wonder students continue to rely on us for help in achieving their career goals.
Our campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offers diploma programs that could help you develop the skills for a competitive edge in today's employment marketplace:
Our programs focus on helping you develop the job skills employers seek. You can interact one-on-one with our dedicated instructors, many of whom have worked in the fields they teach and are prepared to share their real-world experience with you.
In addition to classroom instruction, you will have the opportunity to practice your career skills in our training labs, which are designed to simulate real work environments.
Imagine having a career that gives you personal satisfaction and makes you feel proud of your accomplishments. Brightwood Career Institute could help you prepare for a professional career in your chosen field.
By the time you earn your diploma, you could acquire the relevant training to seek new career opportunities with confidence. Contact us today to get started.
Brightwood Career Institute has been providing comprehensive vocational training since 1918. We are committed to helping you prepare for the career you want and the life you deserve.
From the moment you enroll until it is time to start the job search, we support you every step of the way.
Brightwood Career Institute, Philadelphia campus, was founded in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1918 as Beckley College, a business school offering vocational training to students. Although the name and ownership of the school has changed over the years, our focus on quality education remains strong.
After changing its name to Thompson Institute, a branch campus was opened in Philadelphia in October 1982, offering many of the same programs as the Harrisburg campus.
Thompson Institute was acquired by Quest Education Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaplan, Inc., in 2002. Later that year, Quest changed its name to Kaplan Higher Education Corporation.
In January 2012, Thompson Institute became Kaplan Career Institute, which was acquired by Education Corporation in 2015 and renamed Brightwood Career Institute in December of that year. Nearly 25 years later, Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia continues to offer outstanding career education.
Brightwood Career Institute is proud to provide quality higher education in one of the greatest cities in the world. We are located in the University City area of Philadelphia, just minutes from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia is the fifth most populous city in the United States and is home to over 1.5 million people. This great city attracts millions of visitors each year, not just for the world's greatest cheese steaks, but also for its historical roots and attractions, including the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center.
Another great attraction is the world-famous Reading Terminal, which has housed the nation's largest farmers' market for over a century. The Reading Terminal Market features handmade crafts, jewelry, and clothing from more than eighty independent merchants along with Amish merchants who bring their farm-fresh products from Lancaster County.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy Philadelphia's internationally renowned restaurants, cultural exhibits, professional sporting events, among many other venues that provide endless variety and excitement.
Our Philadelphia Mills campus in Philadelphia serves Bucks and Montgomery counties and the northeastern region of Philadelphia.
In addition, our Broomall campus, located in the southwestern region of Philadelphia, serves Delaware and Chester counties.
Visit each campus location for campus-specific program information.
Brightwood Career Institute in Philadelphia, PA offers you the programs and quality education that can help you start down the path to a new career or help you advance in your current position. Our experienced faculty provide a strong program curriculum that can help you achieve your lifelong career goals. Their teaching techniques promote participation in activities such as group discussions and projects, lab work, simulations, demonstrations, field trips, guest speakers, and lectures.