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Fledgling College Fails. Closing Before Fall Classes PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Saturday, 24 July 2010 06:23

A start-up Christian college in Wilkes County will close its door before the fall semester.  The Wilkes Journal-Patriot reports that faculty and staff of Foothills Christian College in Wilkesboro learned in a gathering early Thursday afternoon that operations of the school have been suspended, effective immediately, due to lack of finances. Dr. Charles A. Whipple, president and chief executive officer of Foothills said Foothills has little more than enough money to pay its 12 full-time and 12 part-time staff and faculty for the work they've done, and  "We're only a few days away from running out of money." With the fall semester scheduled to start Aug. 23 and registration under way, he said, Foothills officials decided to announce the closure now to give students more time to enroll elsewhere or make other arrangements.  The school started five years ago and was, to an extent, a victim of the recession, according to Whipple.  The school closes just short of gaining accreditation, which might have allowed more financial aid options for students.



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