Everest College hosts open house to trumpet name change

Instructor Michelle Lippert works in the X-Ray lab with Aaron Barcus, a student in the dental assisting program on “Dexter.” - Photo by James Mange
Instructor Michelle Lippert works in the X-Ray lab with Aaron Barcus, a student in the dental assisting program on “Dexter.”
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

What’s in a name? In this case, an upgrade for the students. Everest College was officially born in Bremerton, as the school formerly known as Bryman College changed its name to increase visibility and recognition with an open house Tuesday afternoon.

The name continues the upgrade for students started when the school moved its campus from Port Orchard to the Kitsap Federal Credit Union building in downtown Bremerton in January. Everest College offers programs in medical assisting, dental assisting, pharmacy technician, medical billing and the newest program, massage therapy. The 19,000-square-foot facility has lecture rooms, clinical laboratories, computer classrooms, a student lounge, a library and financial aid and placement services offices. The school currently helps find employment for 83-percent of its graduates, well over the 65-percent requirement for accreditation.

“Our focus is on changing the lives of our students through classroom instruction and hands-on clinical training,” said president Janet O’Connell. “I have a dedicated staff, faculty and company behind me with one purpose, to help those students who want to make a dream come true.”

The name change comes from the company behind the school, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. Corinthian is one of the largest post-secondary education institutions in North America, with 50 campuses in 19 states. The schools originally kept their names after being purchased by Corinthian, but by combining under one name, graduates should be more widely recognized nationwide.

Students who matriculated under the Bryman name will be able to choose which name they want on their diploma, and replacement Bryman College diplomas will continue to be available as need arises.

Everest College is on a modular system, and students can begin programs every month. The diploma programs run from nine to 11 months, including an externship, and students are prepared to take state licensing exams. The massage therapy program has been a major success since its inception in January, with plans in place to offer more sections of each module. Previous to Everest’s massage therapy program, students would have to travel as far as Port Townsend or Tacoma, since there were no offerings on the peninsula.

“We are extremely proud of our students, faculty and staff, and love our new facility,” O’Connell said. “We are pleased to be part of the Bremerton harbor-side community and plan to become an integral part of Bremerton’s growth.”

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