The fall of 2016 semester is off to a great start at all Butler County Community College’s locations. However, news at other colleges across the country isn’t so great.
The United States Department of Education barred all Indiana-based ITT Technical Institute campuses from enrolling new students who depend on federal financial aid. ITT was also told that it must increase its reserves to $247.3 million, or 40 percent of federal student aid the for-profit company received in 2015. ITT made the decision to close its operations; a move that will impact thousands of students and employees.
On August 25, Cambria-Rowe Business College, the Johnstown area’s oldest college, closed because of issues with the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
On Wednesday, September 7, BC3 officials visited DuBois Business College (DBC), which was founded in 1885. On September 6, DBC officials announced it would close operations on September 22. Officials said the closing is a result of similar issues with ACICS.
According to Jackie Syktich, DBC president and CEO, “We are a small private business college with an extraordinary personal dedication to our students. We have a proud history, with more than 130 years of service to students and employers in western Pennsylvania.”
“Our main campus in DuBois has been in operation since 1885. Over the decades as a private college, DBC has educated many of this region’s most respected business leaders and entrepreneurs,” she said. “Employers throughout the area looked to DBC as a source for highly qualified employees in fields such as accounting and office management, computers, IT maintenance and security, administrative and clinical medical assisting, legal assisting, graphic / web design and more. Our graduates have built businesses, created jobs and contributed much to our local communities.”
As I said to President Syktich, “BC3 is here to help.” I am confident that DBC’s students will find a home at Butler County Community College.