Kaplan 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.
Our Roots Are Strong
Kaplan 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. Nearly 25 years later, Kaplan Career Institute in Philadelphia continues to offer outstanding career education.