The Golf Academy of America’s 20-year run in Myrtle Seashore will come to a detailed subsequent week.
The college on Mr. Joe White Avenue will shut after the present semester is accomplished subsequent week. College students had been knowledgeable of the closing Wednesday morning.
The academy’s Myrtle Seashore campus, which was beforehand known as the Golf Academy of the Carolinas, was based in 1998.
It’s a part of an enormous closing of faculties all through the USA. GAA’s dad or mum firm, Schooling Company of America, which has a for-profit mannequin, introduced Wednesday it’s closing all of its roughly 80 schools, together with its 5 Golf Academy of America places.
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“After a few years of coaching college students for brand new careers, it’s with a heavy coronary heart that in the present day we announce that Schooling Company of America (ECA) is closing all its profession schools efficient with the completion of the present module or time period for many college students,” stated ECA spokesperson Diane Worthington in an announcement emailed to The Solar Information.
“We are going to work with college students to make sure entry to their transcripts to allow them to full their research at one other faculty. … This isn’t the result that we envisioned and is one which we acknowledge could have a dramatic impact on our college students, workers, and lots of companions.”
In response to an Inside Larger Ed article on Wednesday, ECA obtained phrase Tuesday that its accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Impartial Faculties and Faculties was suspended, which might affect its college students’ potential to take part in federal scholar assist packages and the ECA’s potential to safe capital wanted to function its campuses. ECA CEO Stu Reed despatched an electronic mail to campus workers Wednesday morning saying the closures.
College students at the moment of their remaining semesters would be the final to earn levels at ECA establishments.
“I’m third semester. Yet one more to go. So I’m not going to have something to indicate for it, per se,” stated GAA Myrtle Seashore scholar Brandon Canesi.
“It was an superior expertise. This previous 12 months modified my life. I liked it. I discovered a lot. I performed a lot golf. How might I remorse coming right here and doing this? It’s a disgrace. It simply shattered lots of people. I do not know what I’m going to do proper now. I assumed I had a couple of months to complete my studying and work on a profession.”
Different ECA faculties embody Brightwood School, ecotech institute, New England School of Enterprise, Virginia School, and Culinard — The Culinary Institute of Virginia School.
“Lots of people are all of the sudden going via this heartbreaking story,” Canesi stated. “The whole lot you simply invested, all that effort and time and cash, is gone. It’s brutal.”
Mike Nixon, the daddy of 19-year-old scholar Matthew Nixon, stated his household has spent about $20,000 out of pocket on his son’s schooling at GAA. Matthew Nixon was in his third semester on the Golf Academy and scheduled to graduate in April.
“He lastly had some course in his life after which he will get slapped within the face with this,” Mike Nixon stated. “He had a reasonably promising future. He had some prospects for when he graduates in April.”
The college had a 16-month program providing an affiliate of utilized enterprise diploma in golf operations and administration on the San Diego, Phoenix and Myrtle Seashore campuses, and an occupational affiliate’s diploma on the Orlando and Dallas campuses.
The Myrtle Seashore campus had an enrollment of 98 college students, campus president Gene Augustine stated earlier this 12 months, with a complete value of $34,300 for its 4 semesters. Enrollment peaked at about 400 college students round 2010, and lowering enrollment was one thing ECA was coping with all through its faculties.
In response to an Inside Larger Ed article in September, ECA deliberate to shut at the least 26 campuses by early 2020 and ended enrollment of recent college students at these campuses due to inadequate demand.
ECA’s faculties have provided a number of of the next: certificates packages, affiliate diploma, undergraduate diploma and graduate diploma packages.
The GAA has attracted quite a lot of previous army members who attend the college via their GI Invoice schooling advantages.
Prior to now couple years, ECA faculties together with the GAA have battled to retain their accreditation as suppliers of upper schooling levels with Title IV eligibility, which permits participation in federal scholar assist packages.
In December 2016, then-U.S. Division of Schooling Secretary John King upheld a call of the Senior Division Official to stop recognition of ACICS as an company that may present faculties with a seal of approval for instructional high quality.
The GAA obtained promising information in March when Secretary of Schooling Betsy DeVos introduced that the U.S. Dept. of Schooling retroactively reinstated the federal recognition of ACICS as of December 2016, and the accreditor would stay in that standing till she might rethink its prior request for re-recognition.
Augustine stated in March that the college was additionally engaged on accreditation from one other group, the Accrediting Council for Persevering with Schooling and Coaching, as a backup plan, and ACCET representatives visited the campus final October.