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SOLEX College is a post-secondary institution accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award occupational associate degrees and certificates. SOLEX College programs are designed to educate students for technical or occupational careers or to enhance pre-existing vocational knowledge. In 1995, SOLEX Computer Academy was launched as a private for-profit business and vocational school and was authorized to operate through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Accountability Division, Private Business and Vocational Schools unit. In 2001, SOLEX Computer Academy became SOLEX Academy with an expanded menu of instructional programs to better respond to the training needs of students.
In 2001 SOLEX Academy was authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Currently foreign students from more than 40 countries attend SOLEX College. SOLEX is an authorized ETS® TOEFL and TOEIC testing site.
During the next few years, the school actively expanded its list of offerings. In 2004, SOLEX Academy became affiliated with the National Healthcareer Association and is an official testing site for certification exams.
In December of 2007 SOLEX Academy was granted operational and degree granting authority by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to award an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in Accounting, and the school was renamed SOLEX College.
In 2009 SOLEX College became accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award occupational associate's degrees and certificates. Also in October of 2009, SOLEX College received Wisconsin Educational Approval Board Operational and Degree granting authority for three programs: a Bachelor of Arts in International Business, an MBA in International Business, and Intensive English Certificate program.
Later that year the school embarked on an initiative to actively respond to labor market needs and increase medical program offerings. In July of 2010 SOLEX College was approved to award the Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.
In 2012, the oversight of Private Business and Vocational Schools was transferred from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) pursuant to the Private Business and Vocational Schools Act of 2012. As of February 1, 2012 SOLEX College reports to both the Degree-Granting Division and the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the IBHE.
Also in 2012, SOLEX College was granted a degree-granting authority by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to award an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in e-Business Management.
The growth and success of SOLEX College and its programs is very much a part of SOLEX’s business and strategic planning. The staff and faculty of SOLEX College are striving to provide quality education to students ranging from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds and prepare them to make a difference in the world.