Our mission is to provide postsecondary education that responds to a wide range of
students' needs including vocational preparation for career changers, first career seekers,
and industry professionals; language learning and testing; as well as college credit articulation.
A BIR education equips students with the skills needed to surmount the current and future
challenges of a computer-driven and computer-enhanced workplace. We are committed to enabling
our students to think independently, perform effectively, and compete successfully, thus making our
school an invaluable resource for colleges, organizations, and
companies in the public and private sectors.
BIR believes that education emphasizing new technologies, educational competency, and a
combination of theoretical and hands-on instruction is essential for success. If a student's
goal is an academic transition, gainful employment, obtainment of professional certification, or
the fostering of your cultural and intellectual interests, BIR Training Center wants to serve as
your avenue for achievement. We are committed to providing an education that builds confidence in
the student's ability to succeed in pursuing academic and professional goals.
History and Affiliation
BIR Training Center is a proprietary institution of higher education founded in 1993.
That autumn the first 12 students began classes at BIR. In the 2007-08 school year the annual
enrollment was almost 2,200 students, representing five continents and more than 25 countries.
Since its inception, BIR has been expanding its educational programs in various academic and
occupational fields. The school has established a credit transfer policy with several Chicagoland
colleges and universities. We participate in the U.S. Department of Education's student aid programs. The school is an ap- proved training provider for the Workforce Investment Boards of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The Department of Homeland Security authorizes BIR to accept and enroll international students. We are an activemember of NAFSA (Association of International Educators). BIR is an authorized TOEFL®iBT testing center for the Educational Testing Service at the Devon and Loop locations. Some academic programs have aﬃliations with national professional certification organizations. These aﬃliations are mentioned in the Academic Curriculum section of the catalog under specific Departments.
The school holds regional accreditation by the North Central Association (NCA).
For more information on the school's accreditation and post-secondary non-degree designation,
you may contact North Central Association, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
(800) 525-9517 or www.ncacasi.org. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has been
granting BIR a continuing Certificate of Approval since
1995. For more information on ISBE approval, you may contact the Division of Accountability
at (866) 262-6663 or www.isbe.net. NCA accreditation and ISBE approval signify that the school
has the resources, personnel, and leadership necessary to deliver effective education.
Campus and Facilities
BIR Training Center has three locations in the Chicago metropolitan area. The main campus is
situated on the far north side in an area that combines urban diversity with proximity to the
suburbs. The Loop location is situated in the heart of the Midwest's largest metropolis and
just steps away from world-renowned commercial and cultural institutions. It is well suited for
the Department of Healthcare Professions' students with classroom settings that include a clinical
lab, a hospital room, and doctor's examination room. Our Belmont location is in a
residential-commercial neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side.
Each location offers a range of student services and features well-equipped classrooms with
broadband Internet access. Our Devon and Loop locations are equipped with CNC tools and
simulators. Each location is accessible by public transportation, is located near main highways,
and has parking.
The following section provides information on campus security and policies pertaining to
drugs and alcohol.
BIR Training Center encourages its community members to be fully aware of the safety issues
on the campus and to take action to prevent and to report illegal and inappropriate activities. Personal
awareness and personal safety practices are the foundation of a safe community.
BIR Drug and
Alcohol Policy BIR is a drug-free school. For more information, contact the BIR Business
BIR Copyright Infringement Policy