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Nashua College to close its doors in September

Mount Washington College will close its Nashua and Salem campuses by early September, the school announced Wednesday.

Formerly known as Hesser College until a year ago, the school will merge the two closed campuses with its Manchester facilities. ...

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Mount Washington College will close its Nashua and Salem campuses by early September, the school announced Wednesday.

Formerly known as Hesser College until a year ago, the school will merge the two closed campuses with its Manchester facilities.

“Starting on September 9, students will be continuing studies at the main campus in Manchester,” said college spokesperson Stephen White. The closure’s will affect 540 students and triger about 50 staff layoffs. There are approximately 350 students attending the Nashua campus on Amherst Street, opposite the Somerset Plaza.

Manchester will become Mount Washington’s sole campus. Its Concord and Portsmouth sites closed in August 2013, displacing displacing about 375 students causing 45 layoffs.

White said the move stemmed from Mount Washington’s decision to focus its attention on growing the school’s online education program. Offering bachelor and associate degrees, the online education program is popular with adult learners.

The typical online student is between 25 and 54, supporting a family and looking for career advancement.

“The decision has been made to consolidate their footprint in Southern New Hampshire. As a result, it will stop enrolling new students in several programs within Allied Health and Arts and Sciences,” said White.

The discontinued programs include medical assisting, physical therapy and graphic design, he said. The medical assistant program lab facilities are housed at the Salem campus.

White said about 70 percent of the students in the discontinued programs will be able to finish their studies by the end of 2014. The diploma and associate degree programs being discontinued are relatively short, and many of the students are far along in their studies, according to White.

“Remaining students in these programs will have several different options to continue and complete their studies, including at the main campus in Manchester,” White said.

Hesser College opened in 1900 in Manchester, and became a subsidiary of the Kaplan Higher Education Group (operated by Kaplan, Inc.) in 2000.

In July 2013, Hesser became Mount Washington College with five campuses and an online education program.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).