Familiar with the burden of tuition on students, Marilyn D. Hall, CEO and president of Chancellor Healthcare Institute, created a solution to the financial problems many students face. In her career as an instructor, Hall saw that students had the desire and the passion to learn, but many of them struggled with an inability to pay for their educations. “I would always share with [my husband] some of the concerns that I had as a college president, being a former director of education and instructor,” says Hall. “I told him that I wanted to open up my own school.”
After some research and contemplation, Hall and her husband incorporated Chancellor Healthcare Institute in 2011 and the school became licensed by the Texas Workforce Commission in November of 2012. Hall created the proprietary school she envisioned, where students could attend and graduate but not have to worry about financial expenses after completing the program. As such, Chancellor steers clear of loans by offering tuition, at an exponentially lower price than their competitors, and by offering payment plans for those who need it.
“The number one thing,” says Hall, “Is that, once they complete the program, they’re able to graduate from school knowing they do not have to worry about who their first paycheck is going to.”
One factor differentiating Chancellor is class size. Intentionally small, each class is capped at 20 students. With smaller classes, Hall intends to make sure her students get the attention and education they deserve. Another important factor is job placement assistance. When building clinical sites, Hall and her team focus on working with employers who want to hire their students. Chancellor encourages people looking for a career change to enroll in class, graduate the program, and transition into a career in allied health. “We don’t want them to just graduate,” says Hall. “We want to make sure that our students are employed. That’s very important to us.”
According to the New York Times, “Top 10 List: Where the Jobs Are,” the American Enterprise Institute anticipates job growth in home health between 46 and 50 percent by 2018. With healthcare consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing industries, Hall sees the allied healthcare arena as fertile ground for her students. “If you look around,” says Hall, “There is always a demand for people willing to work in the healthcare industry.”
Chancellor Healthcare Institute aims to fill in the employment gap. But Hall warns that building a quality school “doesn’t happen as fast as you think it does.” After securing a license, Hall and her team made sure the school had all the supplies and equipment necessary for their students. Even before securing the campus location, Hall collaborated with others who understood her mission to put students first. Hall and her husband recruited partners who we were interested in their vision and experienced in management. “Even though I’d started making the curriculum,” says Hall, “I knew that I needed someone with a stronger background in education to tweak it. My consultant ended up [becoming] a business partner.”
That consultant also became vice president of admissions, with over 30 years of experience in the medical and administrative fields. In addition, Hall procured a vice president of operations with over 30 years of experience in leadership, management, and education. Together, they worked on the mission statement, vision, and objectives of Chancellor. These ideas are summed up in the school’s motto: “Launching careers one student at a time.”
With faculty contributing near 100 years of combined experience between the owners alone, Hall is confident and ready to prepare the next generation of allied healthcare professionals. “We have strong employees in customer service, in the admissions department, [and] an awesome receptionist,” says Hall, each one with experience to help “take Chancellor to the next level.”
In the future, Hall and her team look to create and develop more programs in allied health and more opportunities for students. Also, returning students may use previous, completed courses as prerequisites when entering another program.
“They can just pick up where they left off,” says Hall, emphasizing the convenience and flexibility of the curriculum structure.
Overall, Hall is proud to work with faculty whose qualifications exceed the minimum state requirements. Even with over 20 years experience in the proprietary school business, Hall realized that she can not do it by herself.
“We grow up saying, ‘It takes a village…’ when it comes to raising our children,” says Hall. “I discovered, ‘it takes a village’ when you’re developing anything.” But despite the hard work to develop Chancellor, Hall is pleased with her success and with the name of the institute. “Chancellor gives students a second chance,” says Hall of the name. “One of the things I always felt that I wanted to do.”
Currently, Chancellor Healthcare Institute enrollment is open. Hall describes the ideal student as someone looking for a career change; someone passionate about helping others; and someone who wants to be successful. “It doesn’t matter their ethnicity,” says Hall. “We’re here to help any person who wants to make a change in their life. So an ideal student will be the student that walks through our door.”
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