Add another black eye to the reputation of Canadian private career colleges with the sudden closure of Miramichi Career College on May 26.
The college was closed under mysterious circumstances and is currently subject of a police investigation requested by the New Brunswick government. According to its not-up-to-date website, the New Brunswick college offered diplomas in numerous programs including administrative assistant, medical laboratory assistant, and veterinary technician.
Neither police nor the government have released details about the investigation or a list of possible offences they are looking for.
College spokeswoman Lisa Petrie told the *Miramichi Leader *the school is not getting it’s registration (to operate as a career college) renewed following an audit of student files.
The government is promising to assist students of the former college but no details have been released.
Miramichi is not the first private career college to be suddenly closed.
The British Columbia government was forced last year to investigate legislation governing private career colleges in the province following a series of scandals involves institutions. The latest private career college closing will not help Canada’s international reputation in higher education, a reputation that people have expressed concern about recently.