Pinnacle Career Institute

Pinnacle Career Institute's Accreditations & Affiliates

Accreditations & Affiliates

Pinnacle Career Institute is currently and has historically been accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).  Pinnacle Career Institute is in the process of transitioning its primary accreditation to a different national accreditor.

The United States Department of Education has notified Pinnacle Career Institute that the Secretary of Education has affirmed the Department’s earlier ruling that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, ACICS, is no longer recognized as a national accreditation body. 

Pinnacle is currently under a PPA with direct recognition by the Department of Education in order to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA program.

Students with complaints relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, the quality of education received at Pinnacle Career Institute, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of Pinnacle Career Institutes’ former accrediting agency, ACICS, can submit that complaint to Pinnacle Career Institute, attention Becky Clothier (rclothier@pcitraining.edu), and/or any of the following agencies:

USDOE’s Student Complaint website:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/gen/index.html?src=ft

Pinnacle Career Institute is regulated by the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE).  State of Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education:  205 Jefferson Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101; telephone (573) 751-2361.  The complete CBHE Policy on Complaint Resolution may be found on page 89 of the current Pinnacle Career Institute which outlines the steps to file a complaint.

State of Missouri Attorney General Consumer Protection Division:  Consumer Protection hotline – (800) 392-8222 or consumer.help@ago.mo.gov

Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City 

Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates and associate degrees. www.acics.org  The data reported to ACICS by the Institution in its most recent Campus Accountability Report is in our Performance Information Disclosure - South.

Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City is granted Proprietary School Certification by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. www.dhe.mo.gov

Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City is approved by the VA to participate in a variety of federally funded education programs. Information for these programs can be found at: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/veteransed.php

Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City works with the Workforce Investment Act through the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.

Pinnacle Career Institute located in North Kansas City

Pinnacle Career Institute located in North Kansas City is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates and associate degrees. www.acics.org  The data reported to ACICS by the Institution in its most recent Campus Accountability Report is in our Performance Information Disclosure - North.

Pinnacle Career Institute located in North Kansas City is granted Proprietary School Certification by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. www.dhe.mo.gov

Pinnacle Career Institute located in North Kansas City is approved by the VA to participate in a variety of federally funded education programs. Information for these programs can be found at: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/veteransed.php

Pinnacle Career Institute located in North Kansas City works with the Workforce Investment Act through the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.

Pinnacle Career Institute Online Education

Pinnacle Career Institute online campus is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates and associate degrees. www.acics.org  The data reported to ACICS by the Institution in its most recent Campus Accountability Report is in our Performance Information Disclosure - Online.

Pinnacle Career Institute - Online Education has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ("ACICS"), due to consistent noncompliance with retention standards:  52% (2015) and 58% (2016) as reported on the Campus Accountability Reports. 

Notice to students and prospective students:  The Medical Assistant Certificate program at the Online campus has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), due to material noncompliance with its retention rate standard of 60%.  

Pinnacle Career Institute Online Education is granted Proprietary School Certification by the Missouri Department of Higher Education as a division of Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City. www.dhe.mo.gov

Pinnacle Career Institute Online Education is approved by the VA to participate in a variety of federally funded education programs as a division of Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City. Information for these programs can be found at: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/veteransed.php

Pinnacle Career Institute Online Education works with Workforce Investment Act through the Missouri Division of Workforce Development as a division of Pinnacle Career Institute located in South Kansas City.

Pinnacle Career Institute has been approved by Missouri to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

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