The Central States Private Education Network (CSPEN) is a non-profit organization promoting education to and about private post-secondary career schools and the benefits these institutions provide to students and the businesses that employ their graduates.


Our Mission

CSPEN is a 501(c)(3) charitable education organization dedicated to promote the interests of students and private schools. CSPEN works collaboratively with other like-minded national and state organizations, their representatives, and the supporters of our shared community throughout the United States.

CSPEN’s mission is to provide postsecondary educational institutions with access to resources and information designed to assist them in meeting state and federal legislative guidelines and regulatory challenges that institutions face, through the promotion of student access, completion, and successful entry into the occupational discipline and career of their choosing. CSPEN helps to achieve this mission by providing an array of tools, including publication and dissemination of the latest news and events at federal and targeted state levels, presentation of innovative webinars, videos, and thought-provoking blogs, as well as direct access to leading experts in curriculum development, student support services, financial literacy, and more.



CSPEN was initially established to promote the interests of students and private schools in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Based on interest and need of institutions across the country, CSPEN took the necessary steps to become a 501(c)(3) charitable education organization and expanded our mission throughout the country.

Included States

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