Another Vermont college set to close

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A private college in Rutland, Vermont will lose its accreditation after the spring semester because of financial troubles. The College of St. Joseph is the latest in a string of small private Vermont college to close its doors.
“Once we started hearing that other schools started to close down around here it kind of gave us that worried feeling like oh we might be next,” said junior student Jordan Edwards.
First it was Green Mountain College in Poultney, then Southern Vermont College in Bennington, and now 200 students at the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland have learned they too will have to will have to continue their education elsewhere.
“Both anger and sadness, shock too,” said Edwards.
He’ll have to leave campus and the basketball court just a year shy of earning his diploma. Senior Doris Rodriguez will be part of the final class to graduate in the college’s 60 year legacy.
“It’s a part of me and it will always be a part of me so it sucks that this happened.”
Nearby Castleton University has agreed to take in students from the three closing colleges.
“We’ve set aside some residence halls,” said Dr. Karen Scoloforo, president of the school.
2,300 students strong and a part of a Vermont State College system, Dr. Karen Scoloforo says Castleton doesn’t face the same challenges as smaller private institutions.
“With declining demographics across the country, competition for those students, it can be a challenge for smaller private institutions,” she said.
She says the future of higher education isn’t just state schools, but a greater focus on workplace learning.
Back at St. Joseph, students are making the most of their final semester and say they won’t be giving up on their futures.
 

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