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.
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.