On the occasion of Kenya's independence, Denmark presented it with the Karen House and its 36 acre of land. A grant was also made for establishing on the property an Education Centre for young women. The gift was accepted by the Kenya government and soon planning of the Karen college was on its way.
Karen College is one of the constituent colleges of KMTC and is located about 20 kilometers from the Nairobi city center within the serene Suburb environment of Karen area, and it is ideal for learning.
The college offers A Diploma course in Community Nutrition to both In-service and Pre-service students. The overall objective of the training is to prepare a health worker who is able to help communities to identify and solve their Nutrition and Health related problems.
The training has undergone many transformations from a four months in-service certificate course for enrolled nurses, to a two-year certificate course for 'O' LEVEL Certificate holders and now to two-years (in-service) and three years (pre-service) diploma course.
This programme was established in response to specific Nutrition Needs of the country, following a nutrition survey that was conducted from 1964 to 1968 by UNICEF/WHO/FAO and the Kenya Government. The results of the survey revealed that there was widespread Malnutrition in the country, which required urgent attention. Consequently, training of the Nutrition Cadre was started under the ministry of health in 1968 at Karen College.
Staff - The college has 10 teaching staff and 29 non-teaching staff.
Students Population - Currently the college has a students population of 152 students. The majority of students are accommodated in the college hostels.
Students are taken through theory and practical work before they are attached to practical experience, three months in government hospitals and two months in Kenyatta National Hospital.
The students are actively involved in sports, both out door and in-door clubs and societies such as:
• Christian Union
• Students Aid Action Group
• Young Christian Students.