KC’s Everest College to continue operating despite corporate parent listing it for sale

07/07/2014 2:59 PM

07/07/2014 5:12 PM

Operations at Everest College in Kansas City will continue as usual, school officials say, even though the facility is among the 85 schools currently listed as being for sale by its corporate parent, Corinthian Colleges Inc.

“The first thing we wanted to make sure of is that all of our students were able to continue their education without any delay or additional costs,” said Kent Jenkins Jr., a national spokesman for Corinthian. “That is the case at Kansas City Everest.”

Corinthian operates Everest College at 1740 W. 92nd St.

Last month Corinthian, a national for-profit college corporation, announced that education officials had limited its access to federal funds after it failed to provide documents and other information. Critics had accused the corporation of altering student attendance information and job-placement rates.

Corinthian last week announced details of a transition agreement with the U.S Department of Education, in which it agreed to put 85 schools on the market. About 75,000 students attend the schools, which operate in 25 states under the names Everest, Heald and WyoTech.

Current students will continue to receive instruction at the Kansas City campus, and new students will continue to be enrolled there, said Jenkins.

“You will not see any change in operations,” he said.

Kansas City Everest offers degrees for people seeking careers as dental assistants, massage therapists, medical assistants and pharmacy assistants, as well as those seeking to work in medical insurance billing and criminal justice.

The schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

Corinthian officials already have been contacted by possible buyers for some of the campuses, Jenkins said.

“We would like to complete the process of selling the campuses in the next six months,” he said. “The good news here for students is that the Kansas City school is functioning as normal and will continue to do so.”

Jenkins advised local Everest College students with questions about the transition agreement to consult with officials on the Kansas City campus.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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