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Minneapolis Business College to Close in December 2019

Minneapolis Business College to Close in December 2019

“We’ve had declining enrollments over a number of years”

Another one bites the dust. It’s becoming clear that no small school is safe.

The Star Tribune reports:

After 145 years, Minneapolis Business College to close in December

Minneapolis Business College, a for-profit institution in Roseville focused on career preparation, will close its doors in December due to declining enrollment, the school announced Monday.

Current students will finish their programs, and the college will work with students enrolled in fall classes to find other opportunities, said Martin Calihan, president of Bradford Schools, a Pittsburgh-based company that owns Minneapolis Business College and a handful of other for-profit schools across the country.

“We’ve had declining enrollments over a number of years,” Calihan said. “And it got to the point where, with our lease term ending, we decided that it would be best to focus our resources on our current students so they all have an opportunity to graduate and get job placement assistance.”

About 90 students are now enrolled at Minneapolis Business College, which was founded in 1874, down from about 300 at the school’s peak a decade ago, Calihan said.


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Sorry to hear of their closing. Business schools can offer a path to employment without wasting years and money on a worthless four year college degree.

There are fundamental skills that office staff need to understand. There is something to be said for being able to hire someone who actually knows how to do something rather than having to train them OJT, finally getting them up to speed and then seeing them head off to their next job.

OTOH, sure hope that they weren’t just another certificate mill whose finest skill was recruiting naves and processing government loans for them.

My mother worked at one of these in the 40s and 50s. The teachers had 6 weeks to work with an incoming class, assessig individual potential, before judging whether to keep each student’s tuition. If they kept the tuition, then they guaranteed the student a job upon graduation. The school also required a certain level of competence from graduate. Teachers tutored the slower students as necessary. Too bad all universities didn’t adopt this policy. Maybe a college degree today would mean as much as a business college degree in the 40s.