Cogswell Polytechnical College

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Cogswell Polytechnical College is a private for-profit college located in Sunnyvale, California

Cogswell Polytechnical College holds accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Cogswell had a small student body of 315 full-time and 148 part-time students in 2013.

Programs at the Cogswell range from Digital Media to Engineering and the newly founded Entrepreneurship & Innovation program.

Cogswell College was founded as a high school on March 19, 1887, by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Cogswell. It opened in August 1888, offering technical classes for boys and business classes for girls. It was the first technical training institution in the West. On June 30, 1930, it became a technical college.

The original campus building, located in the Mission District in San Francisco, was occupied in 1888. When the 1906 earthquake partially destroyed the campus, the College relocated across the street to an existing home on the property. After the City of San Francisco purchased some of the land by eminent domain in 1917, a new building was constructed at Folsom and 26th Streets to house the school. In 1974, having outgrown the existing campus, the College moved to a location at Stockton and California Streets. In 1985, the College moved to Cupertino, where it remained until 1994 (its old San Francisco building became a Ritz Carlton hotel). The college purchased its present Sunnyvale campus in 1993.

In 2010 Cogswell was acquired by Palm Ventures. The following year Charles “Chuck” House, executive director of the Media X program at Stanford University, became chancellor.


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