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International Business closing city campus

April 10, 2019

Students planning to apply to International Business College in Fort Wayne are out of luck.

The private for-profit school that opened 130 years ago has announced declining enrollment in the Summit City has prompted it to stop accepting new students here. It will instead invest in renovations and staffing to its growing Indianapolis campus, according to a statement.

“We are winding down in Fort Wayne,” the college said, describing it as a “difficult decision.”

Current students can complete their programs in Fort Wayne and graduate by the end of February, IBC said.

The statement didn’t provide enrollment figures, but the National Center for Education Statistics reports the Fort Wayne campus had 244 students, mostly women, in fall 2017.

In 2014, a college spokeswoman told The Journal Gazette enrollment hovered around 400 students.

A telephone message to the Village at Coventry campus was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Graduates seeking career services assistance can use Fort Wayne staff through next April and Indianapolis staff after that, the college said in the statement.

“We are proud of our long history,” the college said, “and we look forward to the next chapter for IBC.”

ITT Technical Institute, MedTech, Brown Mackie College and Harrison College are other for-profit colleges that have closed in recent years.

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