Assemblymember Medina Statement on Immediate Closure of Brightwood College Campuses

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, released the following statement on Education Corporation of America’s immediate closure of Brightwood College campuses in California:

“The closure of the Brightwood College campuses across California is just another example of for-profit colleges sacrificing the needs of students for the sake of profit. Time and again we have seen these colleges prey on low-income students, charge exorbitant amounts in tuition, fail to provide promised skills and job prospects, and, in the worst case scenarios, close campuses without any retribution.  We need to do more to protect our students from the failure of for-profit colleges and ensure that they receive the high-quality education they are paying for and deserve.

In 2016, I authored AB 2581 to provide relief to California students impacted by the closure of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. While the bill was ultimately held in the Senate, it stands as a reminder of the need to act on this critical issue.

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and its Office for Student Assistance and Relief are deploying staff and hosting workshops to assist impacted students. The Riverside campus workshop will be held on 12/12 from 1-4 p.m. at 4040 Vine Street, Room 103, Riverside, CA 92507.”

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CONTACT: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061