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Sanford Brown to Close

The for-profit school in Cranston will close its doors as part of a company-wide downsizing.

Sanford Brown, the for-profit school that opened two years ago in Cranston, is closing.

The school is one of more than 20 that is being shuttered around the country after the company has experienced a decrease in enrollment and steep losses. In the quarter ending Sept. 30, the company reported losses of $30.8 million.

Students at the school will be allowed to finish their programs of study, but no new students are being accepted, a company spokesman said.

“We are taking the difficult step of closing campuses and reducing our workforce because these measures are essential to advancing the turnaround of Career Education,” Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Steven H. Lesnik said. “To move forward successfully, we must align the organization to the new market realities in private postsecondary education.”

The Cranston campus was previously a Katherine Gibbs school, which closed in 2009.

The campus is expected to stay open until January 2014.

A note on the company's Web site states that Cranston is no longer accepting new student applications but : "we are committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue success in their chosen careers, and we are very proud of the education we provide."

If you’re a current student or alumnus of the Cranston campus and have questions, call the campus President at the following number: (401) 824-5300.

Note: A previous version of this article said the school will close permanently in January. It has been clarified to state that it will be open until January 2014.

nicole fine December 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM
HEY, Cranston school committee and Council, this would be the PERFECT place to implement the all day K program!! OR, close Park View and Bain and move those students into this building.
Sheila Hogg December 12, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I hate to see any business, especially a school close in our area. But I will be glad to have the airwaves rid of those screamingly loud ads for SB.
Joe Jones December 12, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Of course it's closing 99% of the people there receive financial aid and I think the goverment doesn't have any $$$ to give...as we taxpayers have given more than our share.
Bob December 12, 2012 at 07:54 PM
No big surprise here, If you figure in the fact that this fraud socialist idiot who we just re elected President of the United States says don't worry the Government will take care of you. No need to work, no need for school. Just line up and get your EBT, WIC, Welfare and anything else you can steal....get ready it's only the tip of the iceburg
Lady December 13, 2012 at 03:45 PM
@ Bob and Joe What?

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