Olympia Career Training Institute is now Everest

The Olympia Career Training Institute has changed names to Everest Institute, and its division, Olympia College, is now Everest College. At Everest, we believe that all students should have the support of an institution dedicated to their success. We specialize in offering short-term diploma programs that can take nine months to complete.


Some Everest Students


History of Olympia Career Training Institute

The Everest Institute campuses in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo in Michigan (both now closed), formerly known as Olympia Career Training Institute, was founded as Grand Rapids Educational Center in 1972 and was located in the heart of the city at the Towers Medical Building.

In 1980, the school relocated to the Northbrook Office Park and continued with quality health career-training programs. The Institute subsequently added two additional locations: Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1989 (as Olympia Career Training Institute) and Merrillville, Indiana (also now closed), in 1996 (as Olympia College).

In 1993, the Grand Rapids campus moved to a new facility on Woodworth Street. The three campuses were acquired by an outside education company in February 2001. In April of 2007, the name of the two Michigan campuses was changed to Everest Institute.

Everest College in Merrillville, Indiana was originally founded as Inservicer’s College of Health Education in January 1990. It changed its name to Horizon Career College in April 1994.

In April 1996, Malone Management Company purchased the college’s assets under the name of Grand Rapids Educational Center, Inc. The school was later acquired in February 2001 and the name changed to Olympia College

In July 2001, the college moved to its current facilities, where it operated as an additional location of the main Everest Institute Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In April of 2007, the name of the campus was changed to Everest College.

Additional campuses were acquired and added under the Olympia College brand in Illinois, including Skokie in April 2001, Burr Ridge in September 2002, Chicago in June 2003, North Aurora in January 2005, and Merrionette Park in October 2005. All of the Illinois campuses were changed to the Everest College brand in April 2007.

Former Olympia Institute and College Campuses

Everest College Burr Ridge
(Olympia College)
6880 N. Frontage Road, Suite 400
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Everest College Skokie
(Olympia College)
9811 Woods Drive, 2nd Floor
Skokie, IL 60077

Everest College Merrionette Park
(Olympia College)
11560 South Kedzie Ave.
Merrionette Park, IL 60803

If you're thinking about enhancing your career opportunities in a career field that's in demand, we have the solution here at Everest. We offer short-term diploma programs in a variety of career fields. But that's not all! You'll be taught by instructors dedicated to help prepare you for many of the highly competitive careers of tomorrow.

We offer:

  • Flexible Class Schedules
  • Hands-on Experience
  • Professional Instructors
  • Online Classes
  • And Much More!

Taking the first step to realize your dreams can be a lot easier than you think!

Every campus provides its community with quality education and training designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing and dynamic world. Health Care, Business, and Dental Assistant are some of our most popular courses.

There's more! Everest also offers flexible class schedules – where you can get real hands-on experience. Learning more about our commitment to you is easy! Programs and schedules vary by campus.

And, it all starts by completing the online form today.

Olympia Career Training Institute and Olympia College Alumni

Are you an alumnus/alumna looking to find former classmates? We welcome you to join other Olympia Career Training Institute or Olympia College Alumni via our social networks. Connect with your friends, network for career advancement, and meet other Olympia and Everest graduates.

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