History

1916: Plaza Business School was founded in Long Island City by Charles E. Callahan and his wife, Anna S. Callahan, to primarily serve women who needed a career path through education while their husbands and fathers served in World War I

1932: Plaza graduated its 1000th student

1954: Lieutenant Charles E. Callahan, Jr. returned from serving in the Korean War to take over as President with his wife, Elizabeth Callahan, as his Vice President

1966: Plaza celebrated its 50th Anniversary

1970: Expanded and moved to the Bruson Building in Jackson Heights, Queens

1975: First two-year programs developed

1977: First Board of Trustees appointed

1982: Authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of New York to confer the school’s first Associate Degree, transforming Plaza Business School into Plaza Business Institute

1985: Offered the first degree in Accounting

1991: Plaza Business Institute received initial accreditation as a college and became Plaza College

2002: Accreditation granted by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

2004: Medical Assisting, one of Plaza’s most popular and successful programs, was developed

2006: First Bachelor Degree of Business Administration (BBA) offered

2008: Medical Assisting program granted prestigious accreditation from CAAHEP

2009: Authorization to confer the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology and the Bachelor Degree in Patient Information Management received

2014: Plaza College moved to a completely customized and state-of-the-art new campus in Forest Hills Tower in Forest Hills, Queens

2016: Plaza College will celebrate its 100th Anniversary

2017: Plaza introduced the School of Dental Sciences and School of Legal Studies. The Dental Hygiene program received accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the Court Reporting program received approval through the National Court Reporters Association.

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