Santa Barbara Business College is committed to providing relevant, quality educational programs that meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our primary goal is to provide the highest caliber employees possible — employees who are proficient, responsible and accountable.
The success of our students is our success. Our reputation is built on the quality of our graduates and their application of the knowledge and skills they acquire.
SBBCollege at a Glance
|Campus Locations||Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Ventura, Rancho Mirage, and online.|
|Academic Degrees||MBA, bachelor's, associate's, job training (diploma)|
|Areas of Study||Business, Healthcare, Legal Studies, Information Technology|
|Class Hours||Day and evening schedules ...plus online.|
|Class Size||10-20 students per class (average)|
|Financial Assistance||Scholarships, loans, and grants available to those who qualify.|
|Accreditation||Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools|
Programs and schedules vary by location.
Santa Barbara Business College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington D.C. 20002-4241, (202) 336-6780, to award diplomas, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
SBBCollege has a rich history as one of the oldest colleges in the United States.
It was the last generation of the old west. Hitching posts -- wooden beams used to tie up horses -- still dotted the dirt roads of Santa Barbara, California, an isolated small town along California’s Pacific coast. But times were changing.
A prosperous business community needed trained workers. Recognizing this growing need, J.E. Metzger opened Santa Barbara Business College in 1888. The new college was an instant success. At the time, Santa Barbara Business College educated area teachers and offered courses in banking, merchandising, shorthand, typing, and business law.
Metzger saw that the business world was changing. He strongly held that workers needed new and modern skills to advance in their careers. In 1888, he wrote, “The world moves with a wonderful velocity. Old methods are dead. The new ones are what you need and must have.” Under Metzger’s leadership, Santa Barbara Business College prided itself on providing employment-focused education and training. That tradition continues today.
In the 1890’s, leadership of the College was handed to Edward B. Hoover. In addition to his work at the College, Hoover was very interested in developing the business opportunities available in town, and was a charter member in organizing the local Chamber of Commerce. Hoover’s involvement with other business leaders gave him specific insight into which specific skills local employers needed. Quick to respond, Santa Barbara Business College, under Hoover’s direction, adapted quickly to teach specific skills that were in demand.
Over the years, the College added programs to meet the demands of emerging industries and technology and expanded to five communities in Southern California. Throughout the last century -- including the Great Depression, countless earthquakes, and two world wars -- SBBCollege was a constant presence along California's Central Coast.
In 1988, then-President Dean Johnston commented on the College's historic anniversary. “As we celebrate the College’s 100th year, we feel we have succeeded in fulfilling a need in our community, for students and employers.” Johnston came to lead the College in 1979 in a partnership with Wallace Wong, a successful investor and business owner. In 2005, Matthew Johnston became President of the College. At that time, Dean Johnston moved to the post of Chief Executive Officer.
In recent years, SBBCollege continued to grow. In addition to a new campus location in Rancho Mirage, the College added a MBA program and bachelor's degrees in business administration, criminal justice, and healthcare administration. International programs came next with the addition of English as a Second Language programs at the College's Santa Barbara campus.