EBC Press Release - July 14, 2014
The management of Erie Business Center announced today that after 130 years of serving Erie and surrounding areas, the postsecondary school will cease all academic operations at both Erie and New Castle campuses as of December 31, 2014. Classes will continue through December at both sites.
“EBC will be unable to disburse federal student aid after the fall 2014 semester because some students defaulted on their student loan obligations,” explained EBC Erie Campus Director Michelle Blount. “Coupled with declining enrollment, increased competition and increasing government regulations, the Board of Directors of EBC determined it would be impossible for our 130-year-old institution to remain open past this December. Many current students will graduate in August or December and we are actively engaged in discussions with Fortis Institute in Erie and Laurel Technical Institute in Sharon to assist the remaining students in completing their education.”
Erie Business Center was founded in 1884 as Clark’s Business College. It has graduated thousands of students who became successful first in business careers and later in EBC’s expanded programs in the computer, health care, hospitality, and legal fields. Currently 242 students are enrolled in these programs – 164 at the Erie campus and 78 at the New Castle campus.
“We have students working in good jobs throughout our region and our country which reflects well on the quality of our educational programs and of our faculty and students,” Blount said. “Just this past May, our Practical Nursing Program was ranked second in the state for best practices within a student success in education category by the Pennsylvania Association of Practical Nursing Administrators. And we’ve always been proud of our faculty, the majority of whom hold master’s degrees. So we’re confident that the education gained by Erie Business Center students will serve them well in the future. We thank our board members, our employees, our students and our many friends in the Erie and New Castle communities for their support and friendship throughout our history. We’d like our students and the community to know that this situation has no reflection on the quality of an EBC education. EBC is and always has been in good standing with the PA Board of Private Licensed Schools and with our accrediting agency, ACICS.”
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