Kaplan College Milwaukee

author thumbnailKaplan College in downtown Milwaukee, a for-profit that opened in 2006, will close its doors at the end of this month after announcing last fall that it would not enroll new students.

The college at 111 W. Pleasant St., allowed already-enrolled students to finish their programs before closing. The Kaplan University Learning Center in Milwaukee, which supports online coursework, is still enrolling new students.

Kaplan College had about 150 students when it announced it was closing. Its programs included computer support technician, criminal justice, dental assistant, medical assistant, medical office specialist and pharmacy technician.

Meanwhile, the Common Council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee on Tuesday proposed new standards that for-profit colleges would have to meet before developers could seek tax-exempt bonds through the city, which are financed by state and federal taxpayers.

The ordinance, approved on a 5-0 committee vote, was prompted by criticisms of Everest College and other for-profit colleges that provide a poor education to students who are then left with hefty student loans. For more details of the proposed ordinance, check out this Land & Space blog post.

Everest closed its Milwaukee operation just north of the Park East strip in March after it was cited by regulators for poor performance in placing students in jobs.

The board of directors for a direct competitor, Milwaukee Area Technical College, last week approved a lease of the former Everest building to provide classroom and lab space for MATC's School of Health Sciences.

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