A college with three campuses in the Valley says declining enrollment has it making cuts to its staff at its Tempe location.
Everest College is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. and also has campuses in Phoenix and Mesa.
Corinthian College, Inc. said it laid off 35 percent of staff in the Admissions and Student Finance departments at campuses in Tempe, AZ, Tampa, FL, and Colorado Springs, CO.
Corinthian Colleges spokesman Kent Jenkins said the Tempe campus caters to online students and offers academic services, career services, students services, admissions and student finance.
In a statement, Kent Jenkins Jr., vice president of Public Affairs Communications for Corinthian Colleges said:
"Corinthian Colleges Inc. is the parent organization of Everest College. Everest has campuses in Phoenix and Mesa. Everest College Phoenix also has an online education division in Tempe that works with online students across the country.
"After several years of rapid expansion, the online education sector has entered a phase of consolidation and modest student enrollment growth. This trend affects Everest College Phoenix as well as other educational organizations. Unfortunately, this has required us to make changes in the composition of our work force.
"Today we reduced the number of employees in our Tempe online contact center by 68. All are in our admissions and student finance divisions, which work primarily with prospective students or students who have recently enrolled. We have additional employees in our Tempe contact center who work extensively with students in our academic services, student services and career services divisions. These divisions are not affected by today's changes.
"While we regret the impact this has on some of our employees, it is important to note that none of the Everest College campuses in the Phoenix area is affected in any way. The students and faculty at those campuses are not affected. We are providing a severance package for those employees affected by today's changes."
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