Baltimore International College is set to hand over control of its operations to Virginia's Stratford University after restructuring its debt and receiving approval from the required accrediting agencies.
The downtown culinary college held its final graduation Dec. 10 and will officially become a branch of Stratford on Jan. 1. Baltimore International students will be able to continue their classes at Stratford in January, and the branch will begin admitting new students in February.
Charles Nabit, chairman of Baltimore International's board of trustees, said the takeover represents a happy ending for the city and for a college that was in imminent peril of losing its accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education at the end of the summer. That penalty would have cost Baltimore International its federal financial aid funding and would likely have forced the college to shut down.
"It's a good ending for the city of Baltimore, which is wholly dependent on tourism for its lifeblood," Nabit said. "There is a constant need for trained people who have a calling for this work."