VC Tech ends auto-mechanics program

Students interested in careers in the automotive industry will have to soon look somewhere besides VC Tech in Pelham to gain training. According to the school&8217;s Web site, the school is no longer accepting students.

Tom Moore is CEO of Education Cooperation of America, the company that acquired Virginia College, VC Tech&8217;s parent school, in 1999. Moore said the automotive school was not consistent with the rest of the company&8217;s portfolio.

&8220;It was something that took us off focus,&8221; Moore said. &8220;These students were often right out of high school and the majority of our programs cater to adult students and are taught at multiple campuses.&8221;

The almost 100 students currently enrolled in VC Tech programs will be able to finish their degrees. Moore said he believes the classes will be taught through the end of the year.

The Web site for the school also directs students to look into Virginia College&8217;s other programs such as information technology, culinary arts, computer design or animation and game design at other campuses.

Moore said none of the other Virginia College campuses or programs are being cancelled.

The school currently has three campuses in Alabama, located Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile.