Students worried after Macon's Virginia College announces it's closing down
MACON, Ga. -- The parent company of Virginia College will be closing all campuses this week, including the facility in Macon that's located off of Eisenhower Pkwy.
That's according to the Associated Press, which said the school's owner, the Alabama-based Education Corporation of America (ECA), has "abruptly" closed Virginia College as well as other colleges and career institutes that it owns not just in Georgia but several other states as well.
Virginia College's website for its Macon location had this message for current and prospective students:
After many years of successfully preparing students for new careers, Virginia College in Macon will no longer enroll new students effective Sept. 10, 2018.
As always, we continue to focus on helping our students graduate and assisting them with getting jobs in their fields. We are proud of our history, and we look forward to the success of our final class of students.
Virginia College, Macon has been placed on institutional show cause by its accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ("ACICS"), because of the final adverse action taken by another recognized accrediting agency.
Virginia College's homepage also said the school "is no longer accepting new student enrollments."
Owner ECA said that students at its schools will be able to get information " on/around December 17th" for requesting transcripts, recommendations for where to transfer, general questions and answers and contact lists.
Students at the Macon location contacted WGXA on December 5, citing concerns regarding transferring credits for their classes, possible reimbursement and transcript information.
WGXA News attempted to reach out to the main office Macon campus for a statement, but was directed to reach out to Virginia College's home office. However, a phone call to that office had this recording: "I'm sorry. We are not accepting calls at this moment. Please try the local campus."
When WGXA News tried to call Macon's local campus again, the main office hung up on our reporters.
WGXA News also reached out to the ECA as well as the academic dean for Virginia College in Macon regarding students' concerns. Neither has responded to our inquiries as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.