Virginia College, North Charleston campus, shutting down

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ABC News 4 has learned that Virginia College across the country is shutting its doors, including the North Charleston campus, after losing its accreditation.

Below is the email students received:

"Dear Students,

In early fall, we undertook a path to dramatically restructure Education Corporation of America (parent company of your school) in an effort to best posture it for the future. This plan entailed the teach out of 26 of our campuses and then the commitment of capital from our investors additional funds from investors.

However, recently, the Department of Education added requirements that made operating our schools more challenging. In addition, last night ACICS suspended our schools' accreditation with intent to withdraw. The uncertainty of these requirements resulted in an inability to acquire additional capital to operate our schools.

It is with extreme regret that this series of recent circumstances has forced us to discontinue the operations of our schools. Your campus will close this month. Please contact your Dean or Program Director for the specific closure date of your campus.

You will receive credit for all courses that you completed and passed by the closure date. Information on how to request your transcript will be posted at within the next few weeks. If you do not graduate this month, we encourage you to continue your career training by requesting your transcript and contacting local schools to determine transferability.

This is clearly not the outcome we envisioned for you or our schools, and it with the utmost regret that we inform you of this direction.

Stu Reed,

President & CEO"

The office was notified this morning, Wednesday Dec. 5, by Education Corporation of America, parent company of Virginia College.

Katie Philpott at the SC Commission of Higher Education, says the campus community has already been informed of the closure.

The campus will close Dec. 12, the final day of the fall term.

The Commissioner of Higher Education is still working to gather additional information, but are advising students to contact the President or Academic Dean for information about next steps.

The CHE says if students feel as though they are not getting the resolution they need from the school, they can contact the them at (803) 737-2260.

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