South College reaches out to students after closure of Virginia College
South College has offered assistance to students affected by the shuttering of Virginia College, which announced this week that it would close 11 campuses, including its Knoxville location.
Knoxville-based South College will reach out to the displaced students to provide information about enrollment and degree programs. Students interested in applying to South College also can contact Carrie Major, the Director of Admissions, at 865-251-1800.
South College financial aid officers can help determine the level of eligibility for offered programs.
“The sudden stoppage in the pursuit of a college degree creates uncertainty for students,” said Steve South, chancellor of South College. “We are available to assist any Virginia College students with the admission, enrollment and transfer process so that they can complete their educational goals and embark on a fulfilling career.”
The Education Corporation of America (ECA), which owns Virginia College, lost access to funding when the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools suspended ECA’s accreditation on Dec. 4. Students at Virginia College received a letter Dec. 5 that stated the school would not reopen next semester. The students are expected to be able to complete current courses and acquire transcripts and assistance with transfers from Virginia College.
South College provides degree programs in comparable areas, including medical assisting, information technology and business administration. South College also offers a host of other degree programs in health care, legal and education fields.
Last month, South College worked out an agreement with students who had to abruptly depart from Knoxville’s Fountainhead College of Technology, which had been open for 71 years and closed Oct. 31.
“The students at Virginia College are committed to completing an educational program, and we will do all we can to help any students seeking to continue their education at South College,” South said.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has provided a website to assist students in the transition process.
South College, which also has campuses in Nashville, Asheville, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and offers programs at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate and associate levels. For more information about South College, visit https://www.south.edu.
About South College
South College is a private institution regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer programs at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate and associate levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South College. For more information about South College retention/graduation rates, the median loan debts of students who complete the program and other important information, please visit our website at https://www.south.edu.