History of Hondros College of Business
Established in 1981 by John G. Hondros, under the name The Ohio Real Estate Preparatory School, Hondros Education Group was born. Originally based on a test preparatory curriculum, the school quickly grew and began to offer both pre-licensing and continuing education courses for the fields of real estate and financial services, appraisal, and home inspection and was able to offer even more programs including the Associate Degree of Applied Business in Business Management.
National Education Seminars, Inc., was incorporated in May 1982. Primary stockholders and corporate officers were Chief Executive Officer/President John G. Hondros and Vice President/Secretary Linda A. Schwan. The main campus and all branches (learning centers) did business as Hondros Career Centers (HCC). In July 1996, Hondros Career Centers became Hondros College, the name change reflecting the goal of expanding its offerings and appealing to a broader market.
HCC was accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) from July 1985 to January 1990. When the HCC’s Columbus School received associate degree authorization from the State Board of Proprietary School Registration on October 4, 1989, it was no longer eligible for accreditation through ACCET. With the degree program in place at all locations, Hondros Career Centers moved toward the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) accreditation to strengthen its program and comply with state law.During the years of 1990-2011, Hondros College continued accreditation through ACICS, as well as authorization through the State Board of Proprietary School Registration.
Recognizing the nursing shortage in Ohio, Hondros College began offering nursing programs in 2007. From 2007- 2013, Hondros College offered three nursing programs: Licensed Practical Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing and RN to BSN completion online program across 4 campuses. In November 2013, American Public Education, Inc. acquired Hondros College of Nursing.
Hondros College, Inc., DBA Hondros College of Business, was established on November 25, 2009, in Westerville, Ohio, by John and Linda Hondros, longtime owners of Hondros College. The college received its Certificate of Registration from the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools in May 2010. The college opened its doors as a single campus institution in Westerville, Ohio, with 2 students in January 2011.
Hondros College of Business received accreditation from ACICS in August 2014 and its Certificate of Registration from the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools in May 2010. In May 2019, the College was approved by Ohio to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For more information about NC-SARA please visit: https://www.nc-sara.org/
In December 2019, McKissock LLC acquired Hondros College of Business, and received its new Certificate of Registration from the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools in January 2020, which expires January 2021. ACICS approved the change in ownership in January 2020. The ACICS grant of accreditation expires in December 2021.
Today under the direction of Mike Duran, CEO, Hondros College of Business continues to offer real-world career training for the adult student looking to advance or start his or her new career in many areas of business.