Anthem College closes a Milwaukee area campus, stranding 150 students

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Monday, August 25, 2014

For-profit Anthem College closed its Brookfield campus Friday, abandoning a $1.7 million lease and displacing about 150 students in massage therapy, medical billing/coding, medical assisting and surgical technician programs, a state official confirmed.

The closing marks at least the fourth of a for-profit in the Milwaukee area in recent years. Everest College, Kaplan College and Sanford Brown have all left the Milwaukee market amid financial problems and pressures from federal officials to improve performance outcomes.

The state loaded about $250,000 in laboratory equipment from Anthem College into a moving van for safekeeping on Thursday, said David Dies, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. The board oversees 230 institutions that serve more than 60,000 working adults in Wisconsin — most of whom are ages 33 to 46.

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