Cameron College, originally known as Sawyer School-Cameron Campus, was founded in 1981 by Eleanor W. Cameron and was purchased by Oliver Schools, Inc. The College was housed at its present location in downtown New Orleans in a modern, three-story structure which the founder completely remodeled and later purchased for specific use as a well-equipped, spacious business and technical college. Refurbishing included the installation of central air-conditionings and heating, modular fluorescent lighting, carpeting throughout the building and smoke-and fire-detection devices. Eleanor W. Cameron, the original founder, purchased the school from Oliver Schools, Inc., on June 29, 1983. The school was then named Cameron College.
The school building was upgraded to provide students with modern laboratories similar to settings in which students would work. Technology became an inherent component of all programs. Both staff and student numbers grew until August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina visited its doors. At that time 25 year old Cameron College, a bastion of adult education since 1981, suffered extensive damage. The college suspended classes after Katrina because of extensive water and wind damage to the entire facility. The following months were spent repairing, renovating, and refurbishing the building.
Extensive renovations were completed in the fall of 2006. New computer labs and new technology became part of this Canal Street institution. Although the building changed, Cameron vowed to again maintain its original mission statement and philosophy based on the significant forces which exert influence on Cameron's students, New Orleans industry and New Orleans in general.
Training at Cameron College is designed to equip Cameron students with the skills and professionalism necessary to secure careers and to be contributing members in rebuilding New Orleans.
By the end of 2005, Cameron College graduated over one thousand students in medical, technological information, hotel and tourism, and legal fields. Today, graduates carry on the tradition and philosophy of Cameron by being active professionals in their chosen fields while helping to provide care for the people of greater New Orleans
As the city of New Orleans struggled to rebuild so did Cameron College. From August 2005 through August 2006, the building was gutted and rebuilt with new classrooms, carpeting and tile, new equipment and furniture, new elevator, offices, lounges, medical laboratories, and enhanced facilities. Because of a commitment to the rebirth of New Orleans, Cameron College re-established its operations on September 25, 2006.
The College reopened with updated curriculum, even better facilities, and many of the same dedicated faculty and staff that provided quality education prior to Katrina. The curriculum is designed to meet the immediate and future needs of the community and is continually reevaluated and altered or expanded as needed.