Salter College was founded by Mrs. Dorothy Lowell Salter in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1937. The Salter Secretarial School, a private school dedicated exclusively to the training of women as professional secretaries, was originally located in a beautiful Victorian house in a residential neighborhood on Cedar Street.
To meet the growing demands for professionally trained personnel, Salter found it necessary to move from its Victorian-style home to the Tudor-style former Indian Hill School on Ararat Street in Worcester in September 1981. The program schedule was expanded to year-round with both day and evening divisions. At that time, the word “secretarial” was removed from the title of the school in order to offer diversified programs to all individuals. Even today, the curriculum is constantly being revised and updated in order to maintain the high standards of professional excellence established by its founder.
With the move to larger facilities, Salter was able to become one of the most comprehensive career colleges in Massachusetts. With space for computer equipment, the school successfully established the Data Processing Division and the Electronic Technology Division in 1984 and 1985. Office Administration, Allied Health, Computers and Accounting were later offered as career training programs. In 1995, at the Worcester main campus, the Medical Assistant program was included in the school’s curriculum and became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in 1997. The PC Servicing program and Medical Billing and Coding program were added to the curriculum in 2000. The Network Administration program was added in 2002. In 2003, the Massage Therapy program was introduced offering massage services to the public with the opening of the Salter student massage clinic in July 2004. The newest program, Culinary Arts, was added in April 2004.
In January 2002, the technical college in Massachusetts was acquired by Premier Education Group, located in Branford, Connecticut. In April 2002, branch campuses were added in Malden and Tewksbury, Massachusetts. The Fall River branch was added in the summer of 2003.
In February 2007, Salter School was granted authority to change its name to Salter College, a two-year private college, and to award Associate of Science degrees in Accounting, Medical Assisting and Office Administration under the purview of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Salter College separated from The Salter Schools but continues to maintain its historic commitment to providing career education with liberal arts in professional fields of study.