Douglas Education Center

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Douglas Education Center Photo #2 - Make your nightmares a reality. Bring your drawings to life. Take your imagination where it's never gone before. Join the hundreds of students from all over the country who have embarked on the journey that is... Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program. In sixteen months, you will work hand-in-hand with entertainment professionals as they prepare you for a life in special make-up effects. Industry superstars, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger (co-owners of KNB Effects Group in California) have joined forces with this program, and they will share their knowledge and expertise with your during your time at DEC. You are intense and find beauty in all forms of art. You are passionate and want to perfect your craft. You imagine the impossible and then you create it. You are the next great special make-up effects artist and we want you.
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Douglas Education Center Photo #1 - Welcome to DEC, a school that combines creative atmospheres, eclectic programs, world-class instructors, and students from all over the world into one. We believe in individuality, passion, dreams, and goals. We believe in hard work, determination, ambition, and success. When you begin your journey at DEC, you begin a life journey. And we're excited to walk with you every step of the way. Create Your Career at Douglas Education Center.
Douglas Education Center Photo #2 - Make your nightmares a reality. Bring your drawings to life. Take your imagination where it's never gone before. Join the hundreds of students from all over the country who have embarked on the journey that is... Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program. In sixteen months, you will work hand-in-hand with entertainment professionals as they prepare you for a life in special make-up effects. Industry superstars, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger (co-owners of KNB Effects Group in California) have joined forces with this program, and they will share their knowledge and expertise with your during your time at DEC. You are intense and find beauty in all forms of art. You are passionate and want to perfect your craft. You imagine the impossible and then you create it. You are the next great special make-up effects artist and we want you.
Douglas Education Center Photo #3 - Anything is possible in front of a green screen. Words on a page will become much more than just words on a page. Your stories can be told to the world at The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas. You will join existing film students on the adventure of a lifetime. Enter a world of endless possibilities as your learn the art of filmmaking, and lend your talents to real-world projects. We will give you every opporunity we can to help you learn, work, and grow. You are the storyteller. You are the one who stays up until the wee hours of the morning editing. You are the one who brings our greatest fears, our greatest hopes, and our greatest loves to life. You are the next great filmmaker and we want you.
Douglas Education Center Photo #4 - Art is anything and everything that is always around us. Art is your creativity spilling over onto a piece of paper or a computer screen. Art is your way of expression and understanding. In the Graphic Design & Web Program you learn design fundamentals in a cutting-edge atmosphere. You also receive a Wacom Tablet and MAC laptop loaded with all the software you need to begin your journey as a designer. You are a digital dreamer and see the wave of the future. You love technology and the advances in the field. You are a visionary and an artist. You are the next great graphic designer and we want you.
Douglas Education Center Photo #5 - In Allan and Wilson's Digital Illustration Program you will discover many different techniques as you explore and find your niche in the industry. Whether your tool of choice is colored pencils, pens and ink, paint, or digital media, we want to work with you as your create your masterpieces. Featured instructor, Dorian Cleavenger, is an internationally-acclaimed fantasy artist that will work with you one-on-one to hone your skills. You see things that other people don't. You conceptualize and dream vivid images. You use your hands to show what's in your heart. You are the next great illustrator and we want you.
Douglas Education Center Photo #6 - Cosmetology is finding beauty in all people. You can transform someone with a snip of your scissors or a stroke of your brush. You give people the confidence to find their personal style and be happy in their own skin. The Cosmetology Programs at DEC give you many options to customize your career path. You will learn and work in our up-scale salon setting, and work on real clients through the student clinic. You are an artist without a paintbrush. You are a designer without a sewing machine. You have the power to make people beautiful. You are the next great cosmetologist and we want you.
Douglas Education Center Photo #7 - A career in the medical field is one of the most rewarding. A career in the medical field is always in demand. A career in the medical field is a career in caring. In the Medical Programs at DEC, you will learn from trained nurses with the most up-to-date equipment available. In your small classes, you will have individualized attention, just like the attention you will give your future patients. You put others first. You want to help people through good times and bad. You are dedicated and hardworking. You are the next great medical professional and we want you.
Douglas Education Center Photo #8 - A career in the business field has endless opportunities. A career in the business field can evolve into your own empire. A career in the business field is a career in determination. In the business program at DEC, you will be given the tools to work in many different sectors of business. You will gain advanced knowledge in technology, software, and networking skills. You are an entrepreneur. You are self-motivated and have great attention to detail. You are proactive and strong-minded. You are the next great business professional and we want you.
  • The mission of Douglas Education Center is twofold. Our first responsibility is to provide students with a quality education that will develop the attitudes, skills, and techniques necessary to enter and succeed in their chosen field of study. Our second responsibility is to provide prospective employers with well-trained personnel. The curricula of Douglas Education Center is designed to maintain high standards of performance upon which these future employers can depend. Douglas Education Center has the obligation to create an educational atmosphere that will not only foster the highest standards of excellence in all students, but also help these students develop an awareness of social responsibility and ethical behavior.
School Highlights
  • Douglas Education Center serves 267 students (99% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Douglas Education Center is one of 4 community colleges within Westmoreland County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Douglas Education Center is Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (13.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Douglas Education Center places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 20 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Douglas Education Center(PA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty20 staff25 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Douglas Education Center has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Douglas Education Center diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment267 students618 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:125:1
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# Full-Time Students263 students372 students
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# Part-Time Students4 students246 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Douglas Education Center.This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of PA.
% Asian
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2%
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% Hispanic
4%
7%
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% Black
7%
14%
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% White
80%
63%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Unknown races
6%
10%
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Diversity Score0.350.57
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College Completion Rate
74%
55%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$23,700$34,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $17,746 is more than the state average of $16,683. The private state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$17,746$16,683
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid96%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$12,223
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,881$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Established in 1904, Douglas Education Center (DEC) is the premier creative career institution conveniently located in the Mid-Mon Valley. DEC offers programs in special make-up effects, digital film, illustration, graphic design and web, cosmetology, medical and business. In addition, this centrally located geographic area provides students with an environment rich in cultural heritage and many educational and recreational opportunities. Douglas offers a degree and/or certificate in Professional Business Technology, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing Clerk, Medical Transcription Specialist, Medical Unit Clerk, Allan and Wilson's Digital Illustration, Graphic Design and Web, Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program, The Factory Digital Filmmaking, Master Cosmetology, General Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher, Esthetician, and Esthetics and Nail Technology. The educational programs at DEC are oriented toward meeting the needs of its students by developing professionalism, leadership, and technical, interpersonal and communication skills. Douglas Education Center is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Associate in specialized Business Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. In 2009 DEC became an Honor Roll Institution.

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