higher ed When Grantham University was founded in 1951 by World War II Veteran Donald Grantham, it was called the Grantham Radio License School and had only one campus in Los Angeles.

In Grantham’s 66 years in higher education, what started as a small institution for military service members and adult learners alike turned into a fully-accredited, 100% online university.

Now, Grantham offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four different colleges: The College of Engineering and Computer Science; the Mark Skousen School of Business; the College of Nursing and Allied Health; and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The 1950s – 1960s: Grantham Founded for Military Members’ Professional Development in Electronics, Engineering

Grantham’s role in higher ed began in 1951, when World War II Veteran Donald Grantham founded the Grantham Radio License School in Los Angeles to provide returning war veterans with an opportunity to pursue an education. Soon after, the name was changed to Grantham School of Electronics (GSE).

Throughout the 1950s, GSE became a hub for military veterans to launch their professional careers in the field of electronics. In addition to the Los Angeles campus, campuses were opened in Seattle, Wash., and Kansas City, Mo. GSE’s facilities also included the Grantham Electronics Institute Labs in Washington, D.C.; Falls Church, Va.; and Dania, Fla.

GSE continued into the 1960s, as the school expanded and grew and led graduates to pursue successful careers. Graduates went on to pursue careers in the record industry and mobile communications. In 1968, GSE’s name changed to Grantham College of Engineering (GCE).

1970s - 1980s: Grantham Expands Nationwide As Engineering School, Concentrates Completely on Distance Education

After the name change, GCE’s main campus moved from Los Angeles to Falls Church, Va., and began awarding its first associate degrees in 1971.

Following this, Donald Grantham decided to make a significant change in 1976: Concentrate GCE’s operations completely on distance education. This change allowed GCE to stand out as the only school in the United States to offer an accredited Bachelor of Science in Electronics degree through distance education.

This program and GCE’s focus on distance education continued thriving throughout the 1980s.

1990s – 2000s: Grantham Moves Beyond Engineering to Offer Computer Science, Business, Nursing, and Other Higher Ed Degrees

In the 1990s, GCE began offering a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree and opened a campus location in Louisiana. By 2002, GCE launched its Business School and simultaneously was renamed Grantham University. From 2002 to 2005, Grantham University expanded its online degree selection by adding criminal justice and master’s degree programs, as well as launching the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2010, Grantham University began offering its RN to BSN Nursing Degree Completion Program and a Master of Science in Nursing through its College of Nursing and Allied Health. Grantham launched 10 new higher ed programs in nursing and allied health, as well as information systems, information systems security and performance improvement degrees.

With the devastating setback caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which destroyed all but one building on the Grantham University campus in Slidell, La., Grantham relocated to Kansas City, Mo., where it stayed until 2014. Today, the University’s headquarters stands strong in Lenexa, Kan.

2017: The Future is Yours

Grantham continues to be a leader in providing online and military-friendly education opportunities to a geographically dispersed student body. Through its online environment, Grantham demonstrates that a digital platform can cultivate a community that values the betterment of each student’s life through education and service.

A flexible course schedule and an abundance of online resources allow each student to pursue a degree without having to rely on a traditional brick-and-mortar institution.

If you are ready to challenge yourself and take a step toward your career goals, Grantham can help. Contact us today to learn more about getting started!

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