MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION
SERVES MORE THAN COLLEGES,
Private career, trade schools fall under agency’s oversight
(December 6, 2007 – Annapolis, MD) Maryland Higher
Education Commission announced today that many students
interested in attending private career schools are eligible to
receive financial aid.
“Some students choose not to go to traditional colleges and
universities,” Maryland Higher Education Secretary James Lyons,
Sr. said. “If they want to be cosmetologists, bartenders, real
estate agents, dry cleaners or something else not offered by two
or four year traditional colleges and universities, we can also
There’s a common perception that Maryland’s Higher Education
Commission simply has oversight over Maryland’s public and
private colleges and universities and higher education centers,
but MHEC also oversees private career schools.
MHEC provides financial aid and oversight to private career and
trade schools ranging from beauty academies, bartending schools,
computer schools, construction trades, and dry cleaning schools
among many others. Overall, there are nearly 160 private career
schools in Maryland.
Thousands of Marylanders hold rewarding jobs because of training
they received at private career schools.
MHEC regulates four such private career schools: Authentic
Bartending School of Maryland (Hyattsville); Baltimore Bartender
School; Bartender of America Bartending School (College Park)
and the Maryland Bartending Academy (Glen Burnie).
There are 29 such schools that teach this trade.
There’s a decidedly French touch at the L’Academie de Cuisine –
Gaithersburg or there’s the Lincoln Technical Institute.
And for dog lovers, there is the Baltimore School of Dog
For more information on financial aid to Maryland’s Private
Career Schools that are regulated by MHEC, contact the Office of
Student Financial Service at (800) 974-0203 or visit the MHEC
website at www.mhec.state.md.us. Also, be sure to contact the
private career school you plan to attend.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. It serves as an
advocate for more than 300,000 college students in Maryland, for
the State and its needs, and for business and industry in