By Melody Vallieu
TROY — Troy’s Miami-Jacobs Career College will close its doors — along with three other campuses it was confirmed Friday.
The Dayton, Troy, Springboro and Sharonville campuses will be impacted according to Chuck Vella, a spokesman for the college. It will not accept or enroll students effective immediately.
Troy’s Miami-Jacobs Career College is located at 865 W. Market St., Troy, and opened in 2007, according to city of Troy Economic Development Director Jim Dando. Dando said Miami-Jacobs was the first tenant in the business park developed by Steve Bruns and a group of investors on the old Kmart site.
“They were the first tenant that signed and that helped them quite a bit,” Dando said.
Programs the Troy campus offered medical assisting, aesthetics, automotive technology, cosmetology, massage therapy, nail technician and veterinary technology programs. Dando said the automotive programs at the Troy campus were especially popular.
“It’s been a loss, especially for the younger folks that were getting career training there, they will have to look for other schools,” said Dando, who said he saw that classes for the next semester in Troy were due to start Tuesday.
The colleges will “teach out” its students, meaning it will teach its current students until their program or certificates are completed, if those students choose to stay, Vella said.
Miami-Jacobs has also notified students that had previously been accepted for its July 5 term that they will not be able to attend the college. Vella said any tuition money that had already been paid will be refunded.
The closings will not impact Miami-Jacobs’ Independence or Columbus campuses.
“This is a difficult, but necessary decision. We are committed, however, to helping our students complete their coursework or transition to complete their certification or degree at other area schools,” Vella said.