DeVry University Announces New Oakland Location

Former NATO School dean Kurt Schake appointed to oversee DeVry University’s newest Bay Area location

OAKLAND, Calif., March 04, 2010 

DeVry University, one of North America's largest degree-granting higher education institutions for business, technology and management education, has announced the opening of its newest California location in Oakland, located in the Oakland City Center complex at 505 14th Street. DeVry University’s Oakland location began hosting graduate students earlier this year, with undergraduate degree program classes starting this summer.

At its new Oakland location, DeVry University will offer the school’s undergraduate degree programs through its colleges of Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences and Media Arts & Technology. DeVry University offers market-driven curricula, blended on-site and online learning options, small class sizes and accelerated program scheduling. DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management also offers a number of master degree programs in business and technology in Oakland. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

“It is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome DeVry University to Oakland,” said Mayor Ron Dellums. “DeVry’s commitment to higher education has been a model for this nation and this world. I have no doubt that this partnership with Oakland will continue to help our downtown grow and will provide our communities with further access to quality learning and better jobs.”

DeVry University also announced it has appointed Kurt Schake as center dean for the new Oakland location. Prior to joining DeVry, Schake was dean of the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, the largest educational institution in the Atlantic Alliance. He was most recently dean of Air War College in Montgomery, Ala., the highest professional school for senior military officers.

Schake earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in American history from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and a Ph.D. in international history from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

In his new position, Schake’s responsibility will be to ensure that DeVry University achieves its mission to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education, integrating technology, business and management across greater Oakland and Alameda counties.

“We are excited to become a valued partner in bringing career-focused education to the Oakland community,” said Schake. “DeVry University’s commitment to providing top-quality, higher education will provide a greater number of East Bay residents with career launching and career advancement opportunities.”

DeVry University has been providing high-quality, career-oriented education in California since 1983, with locations in Alhambra, Anaheim, Bakersfield, Colton, Daly City, Fremont, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Palmdale, Pomona, Sacramento (Elk Grove), San Diego, San Jose and the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. As of fall 2009, more than 8,000 students were enrolled at DeVry University in California.

For more information about undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at DeVry University or to register for classes, please call 866-473-3879 or visit

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DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online in Business, Healthcare and Technology. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, The university’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. To learn more, visit


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