School History - Tampa/St. Pete

A popular axiom of historians is "to know the future, one must know the past". The history of our massage school demonstrates a commitment to leadership, excellence, progress, innovation, and a willingness to take risks in order to effect change in education.

  • In 1981, The Humanities Center was established under its original sole owner, Audrey Flax.
  • In January of 1983, the school was purchased by Sherry Fears.
  • In 1985, shortly following accreditation, the school was recognized as an institution of higher education and was able to offer eligible students Federal Financial Aid, the school also was recognized by the Department of Immigration and Naturalization, and became a member of the AMTA.
  • In 2005, The Humanities Center was acquired by Cortiva Institute – Florida, whose sole stockholder is Cortiva Education, Inc.

Through the years the Humanities Center has continued its commitment to excellence. Back in the 1980s, our school was one of the first massage schools in the country to develop and implement a voluntary rotation through a major hospital/cancer treatment facility. The Humanities Center also was a leader in the development and offering of a supervised student clinic open to the public, as part of our students' training, which continues today.

In addition to improving our "community credits", we are also constantly dedicated to improving our facility. We are housed in a 10,000 sq.ft. free-standing professional building located on 1 1/2 acres. In 1997, we renovated the entire building and its landscaping. In 2009, another complete renovation was completed, ensuring that the school maintains its professional, contemporary appearance, which our students and internship clients love.

We have also taken advantage of the "multimedia revolution" by being at the forefront of implementing multimedia tools into lecture and hands-on classes with the use of three LCD projectors, numerous monitors, PowerPoint presentations, our computer learning lab, and instructional videos. These state of the art learning tools have added greatly to the students' abilities to visualize and understand both lecture and hands on course work.

Each one of us at the school has made a commitment to excellence, and to putting you in touch with your new career in massage therapy.

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