SIOUX FALLS - Kilian Community College announced to students, faculty and staff Friday that it plans to close the Sioux Falls campus in 2016.
At its annual meeting on Thursday, the Board of Trustees of Kilian Community College voted to cease operations as an independent, non-profit, educational institution effective May 31, 2016.
Kilian Community College will remain open through May 2016. Classes will be offered as scheduled and scholarships awarded for the Winter 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. All new students enrolled for the Winter term, which begins on November 30, can request a full refund if they choose not to attend.
“This was a very difficult decision. Kilian has a rich, 38-year history of serving our community,” said President Mark Millage. “But the reality is that the business of higher education is changing at a very rapid pace. New, local initiatives along with the external competitive landscape put our future in doubt.”
Kilian Community College experienced declining enrollment over the past five years yet finished its most recent fiscal year in the black. Millage says a recently announced strategic alliance with Lutheran Social Services held great promise and created a renewed sense of optimism within the college. He hopes that other community organizations can step forward to address needs left unmet by this announcement.