Brightwood College in Vista, California

Career-Focused Programs

Are you looking to get ahead in your professional and personal life? Brightwood College could help you start a new career or advance in your current position by offering you the right education. We offer various diploma and degree programs that could help you stand out to employers in today's competitive marketplace. The knowledge and training you receive at our Vista, California (North County) campus could make a difference in your future.

Flexible Schedules

While working toward your education, you still have obligations to your family and current job. To help you balance these responsibilities, Brightwood College in Vista, California offers career-focused programs during the day and evening. This allows you to obtain the education that could lead to new and exciting career opportunities while managing your obligations and interests outside the classroom.

Your Chance to Advance

Brightwood College believes that education should promote the development of positive self-esteem. We want you to reach your goal of a better career through the right education, so we offer programs that could help you develop and enhance the skills for success. By earning a diploma or degree from Brightwood College, you could have a chance to advance professionally and work toward a better future.

History of Brightwood College, Vista Campus

Brightwood College, Vista campus, formerly Maric College and then Kaplan College, was founded as Maric College of Medical Careers to provide quality education in response to the needs of those aspiring toward medical careers and to meet employment demands in allied health occupations.

The original location opened in San Diego in 1976 and expanded in September 1984 to the San Marcos campus, which later moved to Vista. In April 1988, the original Vista campus was established and relocated to the current Vista campus location, also known as the North County location, in July 1997. In March 1999, Maric College of Medical Careers changed its name to Maric College and became Kaplan College in August 2008. In February 2016, the school became Brightwood College.

The Vista campus of Brightwood College is set in a beautifully landscaped hilltop setting in the expanding Vista area.

Located just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in northern Vista, the city of Vista has a perfect mild Mediterranean climate. The city’s 94,500 residents enjoy a wide range of year-round outdoor activities in the area's gently rolling hills and pleasant rural surroundings. Vista boasts six times the national average number of parks within its 18 square mile border. Residents and visitors can enjoy everything from the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival to Saturday morning farmer's markets, bowling, laser tag, and miniature golf.

With a business park that is home to nearly 650 companies, it is no wonder that Vista is a great place to start a career. The majority of businesses in and around Vista are manufacturing, education, and government. The largest employers are Vista Unified School District, Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, and the San Diego Superior Court.

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