DuBois Business College closing

DuBois Business College has announced it will be closing its doors on Sept. 22.

DUBOIS - DuBois Business College has announced it will be closing its doors on Sept. 22.

This includes all four campuses.

“We know DBC's closing will have a significant economic impact on our local economy, " said Jackie Syktich, DBC president and CEO. "We employed approximately 50 faculty and staff, many of whom have worked at DBC for several decades.”

Syktich said the final action is due to issues with the school's accrediting agency.

Both DBC and Cambria-Rowe Business College in Johnstown were accredited through the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools.

Cambria-Rowe closed last month.

"We express sincere gratitude to the thousands of students as well as the hundreds of employers who have relied on DuBois Business College and have been a part of our extended family for the last 131 years," Syktich said.

DBC administration has developed formal teach-out plans with South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College, Altoona, and Lewistown as well as with Pittsburgh Technical College (which has on-line options) and with Laurel Business Institute in Meadville. The DBC teach-out plan assures that DBC students will be immediately welcomed at these institutions. Butler County Community College has also offered assistance.

Not far from DBC is Penn State DuBois. Officials with the enrollment services said they are not trying to capitalize on DBC's closing, but want students to know Penn State has a lot of resources for students who bring in credits.

“DBC has been the other educator in the region and we’ve worked closely with them for a long time," said Tharren Thompson, adult enrollment coordinator at PSU DuBois. "For us, this is an opportunity to help carry out part of their mission which is to provide an education for people in this area.”

PSU DuBois will be holding a session on Thursday Sept. 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The session is for those interested in exploring options for transferring.

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