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Erie Business Center To Close For Good

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ERIE- "At first I was just shocked because it was so sudden," Hospitality major Luvenger Ollie says.

Ollie sat in disbelief in her morning classes. The school she'll get her Hospitality Management degree from in August will be no more by year end.

"It’s just tragic for the people who just started,” Ollie says, “I have friends that are supposed to graduate in January."

Word spread fast as administrators for the Erie Business Center say after 130 years of service, they just can't afford to stay open.

"Just tragedy, the school has been around for over 100 years," Accounting major Charles Bellman says.

Declining enrollment numbers, coupled with increased competition would do it as only 250 students enrolled between both its Erie and New Castle campuses.

Bellman chose EBC to turn his life around to support his newborn baby. The teachers and staff who are helping him do it will soon be out of a job.

"I want to thank all of the teachers and all of the staff here for helping and providing me their knowledge to assist me,” Bellman adds. “They are making my life become successful."

Erie Campus Director Michelle Blount says a deal is on the table with the Fortis Institute in Millcreek and the Laurel Technical Institute in Sharon for students who hope to transfer and complete their degrees.

“We have students working in good jobs throughout our region and our country which reflects well on the quality of our educational programs and of our faculty and students,” Blount says. “We’re confident that the education gained by the Erie Business Center students will serve them well in the future. We thank our board members, our employees, our students and our many friends in the Erie and New Castle communities for their support and friendship throughout our history. We’d like our students and community to know that this situation has no reflection on the quality of an EBC education. EBC is and always has been in good standing with the PA Board of Private Licensed Schools and with our accrediting agency, ACICS.”

Erie Business Center was founded in 1884 as Clark’s Business College. It has graduated thousands of students who became successful first in business careers and later in EBC’s expanded programs in the computer, health, hospitality and legal fields.

Doors will close for good December 31, 2014.
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