COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A vocational college with 10 campuses across several states has closed abruptly, citing financial problems and decreased demand for services from for-profit schools.
A statement on Heritage College's website says its campuses are permanently closed. The campus locations included suburban Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Fort Myers and Jacksonville, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City; and Wichita, Kansas.
Students at the Columbus campus found a note taped to the door announcing it had closed Tuesday. Student Kimi Boyce tells WBNS-TV she'd anticipated graduating on Nov. 18 and that after spending $12,000, she's not sure if she'll even receive a diploma.
The closure comes as some of the largest for-profit colleges have faced steep enrollment declines, growing competition and new regulation. Some of those schools have closed recently.