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A New Era

Flashpoint Chicago is merging with Columbia College Hollywood

February 8, 2018
Dear Flashpoint Community,

A new era has begun at Flashpoint. After an intensive, three-year process and review by the U.S. Department of Education and approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), I’m pleased to announce that Flashpoint is merging with Columbia College Hollywood (CCH), as of March 20,  2018 our new name will be Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood. We’re excited for the new opportunities this partnership creates for our students.

As background, CCH is a regionally accredited, non-profit liberal arts college located in Los Angeles with a 65-year history of igniting passionate storytellers. Their curriculum fuses creative studies and liberal arts with a focus on their specialty, film and television production. CCH is particularly impressed with Flashpoint’s advanced programs in digital media arts and online learning, as this is an area where we excel.

The merger is a strong fit, given the similarities that both colleges share. CCH and Flashpoint foster similar cultures with highly personalized small class sizes that create an outstanding learning environment and a strong sense of community for students and faculty. The two campuses have complementary programs and follow like teaching methodologies that focus on modern learn-by-doing, industry-immersive approaches, combined with critical studies in the liberal arts.

As a result of this combination, Flashpoint will be a non-profit college, regionally accredited by WSCUC. For Flashpoint students this means an elevated degree status and access to CCH’s strong roots in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry — including future internship and career opportunities through the combined networks.
While you plan your college journey, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions about our new merger at 312-506-0608.
This is a very exciting time for Flashpoint, and I look forward to a very promising affiliation with Columbia College Hollywood.

Bill Smith, M.Ed.
President & CEO, Columbia College Hollywood

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