Douglas Education Center (DEC), located at 130 Seventh Street, Monessen, Pennsylvania, was established in 1904 as a business and secretarial school. The founder of the then Douglas Business College was Warren Douglas. Current owner, Jeffrey D. Imbrescia, has owned the school and has been CEO/President since 1989. Douglas School of Business was incorporated on January 31, 1977 and, thus, became Douglas School of Business, Inc. Upon application for a fictitious name, Douglas School of Business, Inc., began doing business as Douglas Education Center on February 20, 2001.
Between 1989 and 1999 DEC offered degree programs in specialized business, business administration, and executive secretary. Graduates from these programs were primarily hired by businesses from around the Monongahela Valley. Seeing a need in the community for education in the medical fields, DEC added medical programs into the curricula in 1992.
In 1999 DEC made the bold decision to add Art Programs into the curricula and launched an Associate in Specialized Degree program in Graphic Design and Web. The Millennium (2000) saw continued expansion with the introduction of Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program which moved DEC from a community school to a destination school. The Cosmetology Academy at Douglas Education Center opened in 2003, and in 2008 The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas (currently named George A. Romero’s Filmmaking Program) was added. Demands for trained laborers in the skilled trade industries prompted DEC to launch programs in Natural Gas Extraction & Distribution Techniques (currently named Heavy Equipment and CDL with Safety and Natural Gas) Program in 2013 and the Commercial Driver’s License Program in 2014. Also, in 2014, DEC began offering distance education course delivery, specifically in its Allied Health programs.
Over 110 years ago, DEC opened its doors, committed to serving its students and helping them achieve their educational and career goals. Today, generations of students later, that commitment remains DEC’s top priority.