History of the College
Mt Sierra College was founded in January of 1990 and continues to serve the ever-growing need for leaders in design and media arts, business and technology. The effective use of technology has always been at the core of its educational mission.
During the early days of its existence, the College was known as Computer Technology Institute and briefly as Pasadena Career Institute. The college changed its name to Mt Sierra Career College in January 1991. Short courses in computer software applications were offered at that time. In 1992, the College became a Novell Education Academic Partner and was authorized to offer Novell courses. In 1993, the College began its long standing partnership with Microsoft and was authorized to offer Microsoft certification preparation courses.
The College laid the foundation for its Bachelor of Science degree programs in 1994. Now the cornerstone of its mission, the College’s bachelor degree programs undergo continuous review to insure that students are receiving the education they need to succeed. After receiving accreditation in April of 1996, Mt Sierra College offered itsfirst courses leading to degrees in Network Communications, Multimedia Design Technology, and Computer Information Technology. In the Fall of 2002, Mt Sierra College launched its first business degree program, a Bachelor of Science in eBusiness.
Since then, the College has introduced new programs in the Media Arts and Design department, including the innovative Game Arts and Design program. The College added business degrees, Business Administration, and Entrepreneurship.
Technology Meets Creativity
Mt Sierra College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Media Arts and Design with concentrations in Game Arts and Design, Visual Design and Visual Effects and Digital Video. The College offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Network Communications, Information Technology with concentrations in Computer Information Technology, aswell as Information Security. The College also offers Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration and Business Entrepreneurship.
Mt Sierra College offers instruction in new technologies while providing students a solid understanding of oral and written communication, critical thinking, and insight into the global forces that shape the world. Using technology as the core, instructional programs have been designed to produce tomorrow’s leaders in business, technology, and the arts.
Mt Sierra College offers a winning combination of technology, creativity, and general education in a caring and supportive environment—an environment that produces results. The College is making a difference in the lives of students, in the global economy of the 21st Century.If the past is any indication of the future, Mt Sierra College will continue its pattern of innovative curriculum development.
Currently, Mt Sierra College is owned as Mt Sierra College, Inc., a C Corporation. The 100% shareholder of Mt. Sierra College, Inc. is Wellsland, LLC; a single member Limited Liability Company.
A Quick Tour of the Campus
Mt Sierra College has developed a campus that simulates, as closely as possible, the environment in which students will be working as they enter the professional world. Mt Sierra College moved to its new campus in the Winter of 2016. The growth of the College has kept pace with the steady growth of its educational programs,and the employment opportunities that exist for its students.
Mt Sierra College offers approximately 25,000 square feet of space dedicated to student learning. The College provides laboratory and traditional classroom instruction in spacious and efficient classrooms. Classes vary in size, upto a maximum of 25 students. Classrooms and labs are networked using the latest in wired and wireless technology.This connectivity gives students and faculty easy access to software applications provided by the College and worldwide access to the Internet.
The Learning Resources Center (LRC) is available to students while classes are in session. The LRC offers the latest in online resources, books, videos, periodicals, as well as equipment and other resource materials to assist students intheir educational quest. The LRC staff, under the direction of a fully qualified librarian, offers research, guidance,and support. Color copying and printing services are available in the LRC.
The first stop on a student’s educational journey is the Admissions and Student Finance offices. These offices are located off the main lobby of the campus. Admissions and Financial Aid representatives are available to assist students in the enrollment process. Career Services, is where students find the resources and student support services available throughout their educational journey. The Academic Affairs Department is headed by the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, including Department Chairs, Faculty, and Registrars Office.Career Services is an essential component of the educational mission of Mt Sierra College. In the Career Services Office, students may access career search resources, receive assistance in résumé building and interviewing, as well as job search techniques, and advice.
The Business Office includes the cashier and other financial services.Staff and a network of assistants offer students and faculty guidance and support in navigating a wide variety of computing challenges.
Nestled along the picturesque foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Mt Sierra College campus is located at 800Royal Oaks Drive in Monrovia, California. Situated in the geographic center of the San Gabriel Valley, the College is located near the centers of technology, recreation, and the arts in Southern California. The College offers a modern,easily accessible campus that is close to Hollywood and the high tech businesses that support the global economy as well as to all of the entertainment centers that Southern California is famous for. From amusement parks to world renowned museums, mountain resorts, and ocean beaches — all are within easy reach of the campus. The City of Monrovia has emerged as one of the region’s leading “technology corridors.”