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Daymar College was founded in 1963 as Owensboro Business College and was housed at 1126 Triplett Street, Owensboro, Kentucky, offering courses in general business. In 1965, a day program was added with diplomas being awarded in the areas of secretarial science and accounting. The College was then moved to 1300 East Ninth Street, Owensboro, Kentucky, and began awarding additional diplomas in data processing, business administration, and clerical areas. In 1970, the College was nationally accredited as a business college by the Accrediting Commission of the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools and was approved by the United States Department of Education to award financial aid to students. In 1972, the College was approved by the Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education.

In 1973, the College began offering all vocational programs on a credit hour basis and authorized by the Kentucky State Board for Proprietary Education to award Associate Degrees. By 1974, the College had gained national recognition and many of its innovations and vocational programs were used in colleges throughout the country. Also in 1973, the College was the first private career college to be awarded a Special Services project by the United States Office of Education.

The College leased the Tower Motor Inn at 1926 Triplett Street, Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1978 and was housed in that facility through September 1982. In October 1982, the College moved to the second floor of the remodeled and renovated V.E. Anderson Manufacturing Building located at 1515 East Eighteenth Street, Owensboro, Kentucky.

In 1980, the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools accredited the College as a Junior College of Business. In 1991, the Association of Independent College and Schools merged with the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools forming a new association—Career College Association. The Career College Association is now the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU). Daymar College is a member of APSCU. Daymar College is now accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

In June 1999, the College moved to a freestanding, one-story structure built specifically for the College. Located on 6.4 acres of land at 3361 Buckland Square in the Heritage Park Development in Owensboro, Kentucky, the facility contains approximately 17,000 square feet of space. The College is easily accessible from the U.S. Highway 60 By-Pass, one of Owensboro’s major thoroughfares. An easily recognizable landmark, the College has a clock tower and large, burgundy, metal roof, readily visible from the By-Pass.

In January 1999, the College was chosen as a Microsoft Authorized Academic Training Program (AATP) member. In order to better serve the community and students, in June 1999 the College became a Prometric Testing Center and a Microsoft Office Specialist test site in the Fall of 2000. The size of the classrooms, as well as the equipment provided, support the educational mission of the College.

In January 2001, the Marion Learning Site opened its doors as a temporary facility to primarily train displaced workers in an underserved, rural location. The vocational programs at this location were designed to deliver certificate programs in nine months in order to allow the students rapid re-entry into the job market. Having completed the training of displaced workers, the Marion Learning Site ceased operation in June 2002.

In August 2001, the College changed its name to Daymar College in anticipation of opening additional locations other than in Owensboro, Kentucky.

In October 2001, Daymar College opened a branch in Louisville, Kentucky located at 4400 Breckenridge Lane, Suite 415. In June 2007, Daymar College – Louisville relocated its campus to Fern Valley Road. The new location is a newer, free-standing building.

In February 2002, Daymar College was named a Microsoft IT Academy Program.

In August 2002, Daymar College – Morgantown Learning Site opened its doors as a temporary facility to primarily train displaced workers in an under-served, rural location. The vocational programs at this location were designed to deliver vocational certificate programs in nine months and vocational diploma programs in fifteen months in order to allow the students rapid reentry into the job market. Having completed the training of over 100 displaced workers, the Morgantown Learning Site ceased operation in December 2004.

In March 2003, Daymar College – Albany Learning Site opened its doors as a temporary facility to primarily train displaced workers in an under-served, rural location. The vocational programs at this location were designed to deliver vocational certificate programs in nine months and vocational diploma programs in fifteen months in order to allow the students rapid reentry into the job market. In September 2006, Albany became a branch campus of Daymar College – Owensboro and offered certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.  In February 2010, Albany became a learning site under Daymar College – Owensboro. Having completed the training displaced workers, the Albany Learning Site ceased operation in 2013.

In May 2005, Daymar College – Newport, located on Carothers Road in the Newport Plaza Shopping Center, opened its doors as a branch campus of Daymar College – Owensboro. In September 2009, Daymar College – Newport relocated to 119 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue, Kentucky, and became Daymar College – Bellevue.

In November 2005, Daymar College – Rockport Learning Site opened its doors as a temporary facility to primarily train displaced workers in an under-served, rural location. The vocational programs at this location were designed to deliver vocational certificate programs in nine months and vocational diploma programs in fifteen months in order to allow the students rapid reentry into the job market. Having completed the training displaced workers, the Rockport Learning Site merged its operation with Daymar College – Owensboro in 2013.

In January 2006, Daymar College – Paducah opened its doors as a branch campus of Daymar College – Owensboro. In August 2010, Daymar College – Paducah relocated to 1105 National Mine Drive, Madisonville, Kentucky, and became Daymar College – Madisonville.

In November 2006, Daymar College – Scottsville opened its doors as a branch campus of Daymar College – Owensboro. Daymar College – Scottsville is located at 311 North Third Street.  In September 2009, Daymar College – Scottsville relocated to 1138 Old Gallatin Road.

In November 2008, Daymar College – Online opened as a branch campus of Daymar College – Owensboro.  Daymar College – Online is approved to grant certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees via distance education.

In April 2009, Daymar College – Louisville East opened as a branch campus of Daymar College – Owensboro.  Daymar College – Louisville East is located at 3309 Collins Lane in a newer free-standing building.

In January 2010, Draughons Junior College became Daymar College – a new name, but the same commitment to quality, career-focused training and student success. Daymar College also began offering Bachelor Degree programs.

In 2011, Daymar College – Owensboro expanded its location and launched its Nursing program in a industry-standard facility.

In September 2015, Daymar College - Nashville moved to an expanded facility almost 3 times the size of its former location. Additionally, Daymar College - Lancaster relocated to Columbus, Ohio.

Today, Daymar continues its mission of Changing Lives…One Person At A Time