It all started with a need for change.
In 1997, after witnessing what he felt were too many unnecessary deaths, Los Angeles City Firefighter and paramedic, Marco Johnson along with his wife Sandra, wanted to do what they could to help prevent deaths by instructing CPR and First Aid courses.
That was just the beginning.
Shortly after being established, the CPR and First Aid Company catered to the demands of the community by offering additional classes. With this change, came a new name, the Antelope Valley Medical College. Six months after its creation, the Antelope Valley Medical College (AVMC) was granted approval from the State of California and the County of Los Angeles to provide training in Emergency Medical Technology.
|CPR and First Aid Company, 1997|
Marco and Sandra, along with trained and dedicated staff, put in countless hours of work to reach even more of the community. They had a vision, and they were determined to breathe life into it. With this notion, in 1999, AVMC was granted approval to administer instruction in: Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Clinical Assistant, Emergency Room Technician, Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Medical Billing, Phlebotomy, Administrative Assistant, and Vocational Nursing.
AVMC was growing, and the need for space was apparent. During the same year, the facility increased its size from a 500 square-foot starter location to a 45,000 square-foot, high tech training facility. A few years later, in 2003, AVMC acquired an additional satellite classroom located in Rosamond, CA.
|AV Medical College, 2003|
Even more exciting, in 2009, AVMC received approval from the United States Department of Education and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to begin offering Associate, Bachelor, and Master degrees.
With this, the University of Antelope Valley (UAV) was born.
With a new school and a new name came a new mission, and a new mission statement—to provide quality undergraduate, graduate, certificate and continuing education to our local and global community.
In 2010, UAV relocated to an over 5-acre campus, converting the former Antelope Valley Inn to the campus the community knows and loves today. After its relocation, UAV added Bachelor and Masters level programs, and began offering night and online programs including RN to BSN to its growing repertoire of available classes.
Always pushing for more, and with the support of students, faculty, staff, and the community, UAV was determined to reach one of its biggest goals yet, receiving accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC Regional Accreditation).
With unwavering resolve and a proven track record of success, in 2016, UAV obtained WASC Regional Accreditation, expanding educational possibilities for students locally and globally.
|University of Antelope Valley receives WASC Regional Accreditation, 2016|
It's clear that UAV has no plans to stop offering even more programs and courses. Recently added undergraduate and graduate programs include Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, and Master in Education and Business Administration.
In addition to programs available on-campus, UAV currently offers 100% Online Associate and Bachelor's degree programs in Allied Health, Business Management, Paramedic Science, Criminal Justice, and Medical Billing and Coding beginning January '18.
Numerous educational programs, exceptional athletic teams, intelligent and caring instructors, and a staff that goes the extra mile to help those in need, UAV has proven to the community that it has its best interest in mind. With so much accomplished in twenty years, we eagerly and excitedly look forward to the next twenty years.
Written by Stephanie Santiful, MLIS, University of Antelope Valley