'Here for you’: Community colleges offer assistance to Virginia College students

'Here for you’: Community colleges offer assistance to Virginia College students
Virginia College has closed due to a loss of accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two community colleges in Chesterfield County have offered assistance to students at Virginia College, which announced its closure earlier this week.

“We are here for you,” John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College said in an email on Friday.

Virginia College is closing after what officials say were requirements from the Department of Education that made operating the schools more challenging. The school’s accreditation was also suspended.

“It is with extreme regret that this series of recent circumstances has forced us to discontinue the operations of our schools,” Stu Reed, Virginia College president, said. Unfortunately, this means that your enrollment will be cancelled and there will not be future classes at the campus in which you enrolled or any Education Corporation of America campuses.”

On Friday, officials from John Tyler and Reynolds community colleges said those schools are on standby to help.

“We are sorry these students are facing this disruption to their education,” said Dr. William “Bill” Fiege, vice president of learning and student success at Tyler. “They are part of our community, and their futures matter to us. Tyler and Reynolds want to help them get back in class as quickly as possible, so they can complete their education, launch their careers, and realize their dreams.”

John Tyler Community College offers programs in business, information technology and networking, electricity, and more. Classes are taught at its Midlothian Campus, Chester Campus and online.

Students interested in more information can call Wendy Byerly at 804-706-5225 or email advising@jtcc.edu.

“We understand that this is a difficult time for students affected, and we want them to know that both Reynolds and Tyler offer an accessible, affordable pathway to attaining a degree or credential," said Dr. Thomas Hollins, vice president of student affairs at Reynolds.

Reynolds Community College offers programs in business, culinary arts, information systems technology, medical records coding and more. Classes are taught at its Parham Road Campus, Downtown Campus, Goochland Campus and online.

Students interested in more information can call 804-371-3000. Culinary Arts students, specifically, are encouraged to contact Chef Jesse Miller at 804-523-5070 or jmiller@reynolds.edu.

John Tyler first opened its doors in 1967; Reynolds opened in 1972.

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