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East West College of the Healing Arts Signs Downtown Lease
Portland-based Massage School is one of America’s Longest Running
(March 13, 2019 Portland, OR) — East West College of the Healing Arts will be enhancing its nurturing environment in a new home beginning July 2019. As one of America’s oldest and largest institutions that trains massage therapists, East West College has prepared graduates for successful massage careers since 197z2. Their goal is to empower students with deep knowledge in the art and science of massage.
“We have finally found our new home in the Education District downtown and are excited to be moving to the heart of Portland! We’ve been looking for some time for a space to better serve the wants and needs of our students. Our goal is to provide an accessible, beautiful, safe environment in which to nurture the healers of the future.” said David Slawson, College President and Founder.
According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics, the employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists. Therapists have the unique opportunity to have direct impact in the well-being of their community. Attendance at the school has been increasing as more people are choosing job paths that focus on helping others. The new location, located in Portland’s educational district by Portland State University, places the college in the center of the city.
“This is an opportunity to support our students and celebrate our long history of educating those who hear the call to provide professional, therapeutic, healing touch to people,” said Erika Baern, Director of Education. “At a time when we really need it, our students are healing the world one massage at a time.”
Classes will begin in July at the new location. The school accepts new students on a rolling basis with new cohorts starting the 800-hour accredited program four times a year: January, April, July, and October. Completion typically takes 12 to 15 months. In addition, a robust continuing education program allows existing massage therapists to expand their knowledge, with some classes also open to the general public.
In their current home on NE Oregon, the school covers four floors. The new 31,000 square foot space will take up one whole level of the 1515 Market Square building, which will increase the cohesiveness as well as the accessibility. The college will continue to offer affordable massage appointments with their students in training. A public open house is planned for later this summer. Details will follow on the website www.eastwestcollege.edu