Brightwood College abruptly closes, leaving students stunned

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MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – A local for-profit college has abruptly closed as part of a national chain shutdown.

Brightwood College’s parent company, Education Corporation of America, announced Wednesday its accrediting agency had suspended its approval.

Students at the Moraine campus said they were preparing for tests that were taking place this week, only to be blindsided about the closure.

On Wednesday, Education Corp. of America said after deep financial trouble, all of its college chains would discontinue immediately.

“I was at work yesterday (Wednesday) and my instructor texted us telling us that the school was due to close Friday, December 7,” said Dakota Thompson, a Brightwood College student. “And that’s pretty much all we got.”

She is one of 20,000 students who attended one of the company’s campuses which also include the Virginia College chain.

The Associated Press reported that the company said declining student enrollment had left it unable to make payments on its debt and rental fees.

The Dayton-area location had previously announced it would no longer accept new students after September 2018, but Thompson signed a waiver that showed the school would be open until September 2019.

There was no mention of a December closure.

“In that paper, it stated we could all complete our courses and get our credits and get the diploma we were going after,” said Thompson. “Now it’s closed in December of 2018.”

Now Thompson, along with many others, are left wondering what’s next.

“They’re working with other colleges so we can finish our program and not have to start all over and that our credits would most likely transfer, but it’s all up in the air right now,” said Thompson.

Education Corp. of America’s website stated they will provide more information including transcript request process and recommendations on where to transfer beginning December 17.

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