Rhodes Wellness College opened on February 12, 1996, at 333 Terminal Avenue by a visionary, Bea Rhodes. Initially known as Rhodes and Associates, the facilities included only one classroom and one office. Bea was determined to help develop mentors and guides who would have the book smarts and street skills to do transformational work. Bea created an iterative approach to professional counselling and coaching that allowed students to rapidly and expertly increase their abilities in a safe and supportive environment.
The college began its training programs with the 12-week Life Skills Coach Training Certificate Program. The first intake was summer of 1996. 16 students were enrolled.