History & Philosophy

A History of Education

The company which became Harris School of Business was founded by Mrs. Ethel S. Harris, a native of Camden, NJ in 1959 after her physician husband died at a young age, leaving her a widow at 37 with three small children. Fortunately, before marrying her husband, Mrs. Harris had graduated from a business school and worked in Washington, D.C., as a secretary in various government departments during World War II. With her knowledge of office skills and the help of friends, she started her own business, founding Harris Employment Service in 1959. The Harris School of Business, as an institution of higher learning, was founded in 1965 when it became apparent that many job-seekers and applicants to her employment service needed training or review instruction to become more employable.

The Danbury campus was started by Gillian Isaacs in 1999 as Danbury Training Center. The school was originally located at 2 Liberty Street in Danbury offered short term programs in Certified Nurses Aid, Phlebotomy and Patient Care Technician. In 2002 the school relocated to 155 Main Street in Danbury. It remained a family run business as Danbury Training Center until 2011 when Premier Education Group acquired the school. In November of 2013, Premier Education Group changed the school name to The Harris School of Business umbrella of the company.

After serving the community as a family-owned business since 1965, Premier Education Group, L.P., acquired the school in May 2003; and in November 2003, the school relocated to One Mall Drive, Suite 700, Cherry Hill, NJ, a high-rise office building at the Cherry Hill Mall. This purchase was followed by an expansion in 2005 and 2006 to Linwood, NJ; Hamilton, NJ, and Wilmington, DE, with further expansion into Stratford, NJ, Dover, DE, Upper Darby, PA in 2008, and Danbury, CT and Melbourne Florida in 2013. The school’s longevity in the community and excellent reputation with employers are two of the reasons why an education from Harris School of Business opens doors of opportunity for its graduates.

The Harris School Philosophy

We are dedicated to providing our students with the best quality of education available. Harris School offers a sound clinical and educational experience that produces excellence in the allied health and business industries. In addition, we are dedicated to assisting each student in mastering his or her therapeutic and clinical skills, technical knowledge, personal awareness and sensitivity needed for successful and rewarding practice in allied health or business.

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