Compass Rose Foundation History

Our Florida roots took hold in 1940 with Compass Rose Foundation about to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2015. The history of Compass Rose Foundation (CRF) is one of constant evolution. For decades, CRF has founded, governed, and operated private institutions of higher learning with a longstanding commitment to meeting the demands of the regional economy through academic programs and workforce training.

Compass Rose Foundation meets its mission by engaging in educational initiatives that support the training or education of students from applied and vocational certifications to baccalaureate and graduate degrees. The Foundation also has a rich history of research in determining career paths that address workforce trends and building innovative educational programs that support employment opportunities.

To advance its mission, CRF created an integrated education system that is a collaborative effort to bring together business, industry, and education through partnerships that enhance student learning and employment opportunities while contributing to the vitality of the communities we live and work in.

Compass Rose Foundation, Inc. has founded, governed or managed the following institutions:
  • Walsh School of Business
  • Drake Business College
  • Broward School of Business
  • Fort Lauderdale University
  • Orlando College
  • Tampa College
  • Bay Area Academy of Business
  • Hodges University (formerly International College)
  • Southwest Florida College

The Foundation is currently the parent company of Sunstate College Incorporated, d.b.a:

Non-Discrimination Policy

Sunstate Academy and Jones Technical Institute comply with all applicable federal and state rules and regulations.  Sunstate Academy and Jones Technical Institute admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, program, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the institutions.  They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, ethnicity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or veteran’s status in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.