Virginia College in Huntsville to close this month

Virginia College closing

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Officials with Virginia College confirm the Huntsville campus will close this month, not in 2019 as they previously expected.

In September, the school announced plans to close next June, but those plans have changed. One portion of the school is set to close this Friday. The rest is set to close on Dec. 18.

The closure is nationwide. A letter obtained from Virginia College says that accreditation was suspended for the school because of new Department of Education requirements, and that’s what led to the closure.

The Birmingham-based Education Corporation of America has around 20,000 students enrolled in disciplines like cosmetology, culinary arts, medical and dental assistant programs in 75 campuses across the U.S. The ECA also owns Brightwood College, which is also closing its doors.

The ECA closed a third of its campuses for both chains earlier this year as a part of a court-approved receivership, Inside for Higher Education reports. However, the company fell behind on payments to creditors and rent on buildings.

Tuesday evening, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools suspended the college’s accreditation. Some employees will remain on campuses to help students get their transcripts and other documents in order.

“We are proud of our thousands of graduates who have entered the work force with skills they acquired at our schools along with our faculty and staff who have shown unwavering support for our students. This is not the outcome that we envisioned and is one that we recognize will have a dramatic effect on our students, employees and many partners,” Dianne Worthington, a spokeswoman for the company said in a written statement to Higher Education.

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