Las Vegas campus affected by closure of Brightwood and Virginia colleges

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Education Corporation of America, the company that owns Brightwood and Virginia colleges, is closing its doors and numerous Las Vegas Valley students are affected.

Education Corporation of America owns more than 75 campuses and enrolls at least 20,000 students in mostly certificate-granting professions such as culinary arts, cosmetology, and medical and dental assistant programs.

According to an article published by Inside Higher Education, the shutdown follows years of declining enrollment for the chain. 

The schools closing operate as Virginia College, Brightwood College, Brightwood Career Institute, Ecotech Institute and Golf Academy of America.

There is one Brightwood College in Las Vegas.  It’s located at 3535 W. Sahara Avenue.

The following letter was sent to students.

The company in October said it owed $46.8 million to unsecured creditors, asking a judge to keep landlords from kicking it out of locations.  ECA earlier announced it was closing some locations once students completed classes, but said it would continue others.

Project on Predatory Student Lending Director Toby Merrill says students can ask the U.S. Department of Education to cancel loans if a school closes.

The company website says information about transcripts and recommendations about transfers will be available starting about Dec. 17.

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