What Are Proprietary Schools?

For-profit education (also known as proprietary education) refers to schools operated as private, profit-seeking businesses. Proprietary schools that want to operate in West Virginia have to apply to the Council for Community and Technical Colleges for a permit to operate in the state. To qualify for the permit schools have to meet certain operating criteria, submit annual reports to the Council, and annually prove they are accredited institutions.

To offer an associates degree in the state of West Virginia, these private schools must be approved by the Council for Community and Technical Education.

Are you a former student of a closed school?

If you are a former student of ITT Technical Institute, click here for more information.

If you are a former student of WV Business College, click here for more information.

Contact Renee Harvey, Coordinator for Grants and Proprietary Schools, for more details and further assistance at 681-313-2219 or

Are you interested in starting a proprietary school?