HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Effective Monday, the Huntsville campus of Virginia College will no longer accept new students. The Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Diane Worthingon, confirmed it will close on June 1, 2019.
Worthington issued the following statement:
After many years of successfully preparing students for new careers, Virginia College in Huntsville will no longer enroll new students effective today, September 10. The vast majority of our students will have the opportunity to complete their coursework and earn their certificates/diplomas or degrees as planned. They will also be able to utilize Virginia College’s Career Development services to help them pursue jobs in their field of study. The campus will continue to operate through June 1, 2019. As always, we continue to focus on helping our students graduate and assisting them with getting jobs in their fields.
Fourteen students will be unable to complete their programs at the campus prior to the closure date. We will work closely with them to transfer to another school, or they may choose to receive a full refund.
Students say they are disappointed to hear about the closure. They say the faculty is what set Huntsville's campus apart from other institutions in the area.
"I felt like I wasn't going to make it through because of the classes and how hard they were, or when I was doing injections or things like that and I felt like I was too nervous to do it, but the teachers kind of pushed me out of that nervousness to be able to do it. The teachers really gave you a good boost," student Bernida Jones said.
"Willing to work with the students help them out if they're having problems. If it so happens, they might have kids being sick. the crew here they willing to help out their students make sure they have a good career. That's the reason why they came here to better their life," student Darail McVay said.
The college is closing multiple campuses in the area including the locations in Mobile and Montgomery. Virginia College is also no longer enrolling students in other states.
Here is a list of locations that are no longer enrolling new students according to the Virginia College website:
Fort Pierce, FL
Baton Rouge, LA
Shreveport/Bossier City, LA