Harrison College closing because of “financial pressures”

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GROVE CITY, Ohio – Harrison College, a school with campuses in Indiana and Ohio and a culinary school in North Carolina, is closing.

In e-mail sent to employees and obtained by 10TV, the school’s chairman of the board Craig Pfannenstiehl said the school “has made the business decision to close operations effective Sunday, September 16, 2018, and for The Chef’s Academy Sunday, October 14, 2018 (the end of their current term).”

“Unfortunately, the financial pressures on our institution have never been greater and our limited resources obligate us to consider what is best for our students and community,” he said in the note.

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Pfannenstiehl said, “We are working with transfer and teach-out partners, including State governing bodies, to ensure each student has a pathway to complete their education. Included in that group is National American University (NAU), which is an HLC-accredited institution. NAU has agreed to provide benefits to students who enroll and start in comparable NAU programs no later than the February 2019 term.”

Harrison College has a campus in Ohio located at 3880 Jackpot Rd, Grove City, OH 43123.

In a statement on its website, Harrison College said the school is "working closely with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to identify transfer/teach-out partners."

The website also had other helpful links for students that will be updated soon.

The entire statement from the school is below.

After 116 years serving Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, Harrison College has made the difficult business decision to close operations effective Sunday, September 16, 2018, and for the The Chef’s Academy (TCA )Sunday, October 14, 2018 (the end of their current term).

We are working with transfer and teach-out partners including State governing bodies and our accreditors to ensure each student has a pathway to complete their education.

National American University (NAU), an HLC-accredited institution, is Harrison College’s preferred transfer institution within Indiana. Please note that NAU is working diligently with governing bodies to expand this list, including further teach-out* arrangements with NAU and other institutions.

For students in Ohio, we are working closely with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to identify transfer/teach-out partners.

For students in North Carolina, we will be working with nearby institutions for transfer options for our students.

For updates in the future, we will be adding information to the www.harrison.edu website to help students. We will be posting transfer options for each Harrison and TCA campus as well as information related to how to get your academic and financial transcripts.

Questions: Questions@harrison.edu

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