For-Profit College’s Apparent Closure in California Surprises Students

A for-profit college that enrolls about 800 students on three campuses in California has apparently closed its doors after losing its accreditation, according to reports by The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif., and the Los Angeles Times.

A spokesman for the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education told The Press-Enterprise that the U.S. Department of Education had placed Career Colleges of America, which focuses on medical training, on “cash management” status, signaling financial troubles. And a spokesman for the federal department said his agency had been informed that the college had lost its accreditation.

The Press-Enterprise reported that there had been hope that another institution would adopt an agreement to allow students at one campus to finish their coursework, but that institution said it would not do so. College officials did not respond to the newspapers’ requests for comment.

Students told the Times they were surprised by the abrupt closure, with some saying they did not learn of the college’s troubles until this week, when a number of instructors walked out of classes. Faculty members told The Press-Enterprise that they had not been paid since November.

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