Another College Closing, This Time Locally Based Vatterott

Vatterott closed all of its campuses on Monday.

Vatterott closed all of its campuses on Monday.

By Free Radical

Area for profit college, Vatterott Educational Centers closed all of its campuses. Students and staff were seen exiting the campus with little answers on Monday.

In an open letter to students, Vatterott, which is based in Berkeley, cited financial restraints as the cause of its demise. The U.S. Department of Education “decided to significantly increase the restrictions on Vatterott’s participation in federal financial aid programs.”

Just last month, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges voted to revoke Vatterott’s accreditation. Particularly, the college failed to “demonstrate successful student achievement and by maintaining acceptable rates of student graduation and graduate employment.”

The open letter suggested that the Department of Education’s decision doomed Vatterott’s sale to the Education Corporation of America (ECA). Interestingly, ECA recently shuttered its campuses recently. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges suspended its accreditation in early December. The ECA has also struggled under major debt totaling nearly $50 million.

Like ECA schools which most famously featured Virginia College, Vatterott was known for its snazzy commercials which promised high paying careers to graduates. It specialized in culinary arts, automotive trades, and the health professions.

Local rapper Nelly also entered a partnership with Vatterott in 2011 to create the Ex’treme Institute for students interested in musical production.

Vatterott had campuses in Berkeley, Fairview Heights, St. Charles, Sunset Hills, and eleven more locations across the Midwest.

Several local schools have begun recruiting affected Vatterott students. While the Academy of Pet Careers has offered free tuition, Jefferson College, Ranken, and the St. Louis Community College has also promised admissions guidance. The St. Louis Community College has parked its mobile unit in the Express Scripts parking lot on Evans Avenue in Berkeley which is located across from the Vatterott College NorthPark campus.

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