International Business College closing Fort Wayne campus

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A private for-profit business college is closing its Fort Wayne campus after 130 years, citing declining enrollment in the northeastern Indiana city.

International Business College says has stopped accepting new students but school officials say current students can complete their programs in Fort Wayne and graduate by February.

School officials said they plan to invest in renovations and staffing at the only other International Business College campus, in Indianapolis. They said that campus is growing.

The for-profit college said in a statement that it is "winding down in Fort Wayne" and said the decision to close the Fort Wayne campus was difficult. The campus opened in 1889 in Indiana's second-largest city.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the Fort Wayne campus had 244 students, mostly women, in fall 2017, the Journal Gazette reported.

International Business College has been owned by Pittsburgh-based Bradford Schools Inc. since 1969. Bradford also owns Vet Tech Institute, which has schools in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis,Chicago, Houston, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio. It also owns Minneapolis Business College, Fox College in Chicago, and Columbus Culinary Institute in Ohio.

International Business College was first established in 1882 in Ontario and once had as many as six locations.

The Indianapolis campus has been at 7205 Shadeland Station, near Interstate 465 and East 71st Street, since 1985. It offers courses in accounting, retail management, tourism and event management, medical assistance and veterinary technology, among others. The Indianapolis campus has about 350 undergraduates.

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