History of Star Career Academy
Star Career Academy (SCA) was founded in 1979 as the Star Technical Institute school group, offering career training in drafting and design. In 1983, the school diversified their training programs with the introduction of business, computer and allied health programs. With the dramatic expansion of the healthcare industry, a decision was made to specialize in allied health training, and programs were developed to include medical assisting, medical billing, surgical technology, electrocardiography, dialysis technician and multi-skill health technology. The Philadelphia campus added a paramedic program, authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
In August 2008, four Star Technical Institute campuses (Egg Harbor Township, Philadelphia, Lakewood and Newark) became branches of two New York-based career schools: Culinary Academy of Long Island and Career Academy of New York. This brought the schools under the umbrella ownership of Quad Partners, an investment firm specializing in educational products and schools.
In 2009, a campus was added in Clifton, New Jersey as a satellite of the Newark school, and in 2010, the Lakewood school moved to Brick, New Jersey. In 2010, a branch campus was added in Valley Forge, PA, and the eight campuses adopted Star Career Academy as their common name.
Star Career Academy, Syosset (Long Island) (SCA-LI): began operation in 1996 as the Culinary Academy of Long Island, offering a professional cooking certification program. In the summer of 1997, a commercial cooking certification program was introduced and offered in the evening and was designed to meet the needs of students seeking skills to advance or change culinary careers. Also introduced were short weekend continuing education courses in Star’s baking and pastry schools.
In May, 2005 CALI was purchased by Quad Partners, and through this acquisition, CALI became affiliated with Career Academy of New York (CANY). New programs in professional pastry and baking, and hotel and restaurant management were added to meet the needs of the Long Island culinary and hospitality industries. That year, the Long Island culinary school received the American Culinary Federation’s Education Assurance Award.
Star Career Academy, New York (SCA-NY) has been in continuous existence in Manhattan since 1935 when it was known as the New York Institute of Dietetics. The school offered a dietitian program which included biology, chemistry, nutrition science, and the basics of food preparation and menu planning. Graduates were placed in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, hotels, restaurants, steamships, and industrial cafeterias to provide the latest nutrition science, healthy eating and sanitation practices.
In the 1970’s, ownership changed and the school became the New York Food and Hotel Management School. The school achieved accreditation through the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools (NATTS), the predecessor organization of ACCSC, and began concentrating on the culinary and hospitality industries with career programs in professional and commercial cooking, and hotel and restaurant management.
In May 2005, the school was purchased by Quad Partners, and the school’s name was changed to the Culinary Academy of New York (CANY). In 2007, an Allied Health Division was established, offering a Medical Assistant program and the name was changed to Career Academy of New York CANY).
In May 2011, SC Academy, Inc., a newly formed Delaware corporation, purchased Culinary Academy of Long Island, Inc., and Culinary Academy of New York, Inc. SC Academy is owned by SC Academy Holdings, Inc., which is in turn owned by a group of six investors.