EDMC to Lay off More Than 200 in Pittsburgh; More Than 200 Employees at Education Management Corp. in Pittsburgh Are Losing Their Jobs as the Struggling For-Profit College Company Reduces Staff at Its Headquarters and Shifts Operations for Its Online Art Institute Program to Phoenix, a Move Aimed at Cutting Costs amid Enrollment Declines. [Derived Headline]

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EDMC to Lay off More Than 200 in Pittsburgh; More Than 200 Employees at Education Management Corp. in Pittsburgh Are Losing Their Jobs as the Struggling For-Profit College Company Reduces Staff at Its Headquarters and Shifts Operations for Its Online Art Institute Program to Phoenix, a Move Aimed at Cutting Costs amid Enrollment Declines. [Derived Headline]


Fleisher, Chris, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


More than 200 employees at Education Management Corp. in Pittsburgh are losing their jobs as the struggling for-profit college company reduces staff at its headquarters and shifts operations for its online Art Institute program to Phoenix, a move aimed at cutting costs amid enrollment declines.

The cuts at the Downtown-based company will affect less than 3 percent of its workforce, EDMC spokesman Bob Greenlee said Thursday. He declined to give a specific number, but in a notice that is mandated under federal law when a company is making mass layoffs, EDMC told the state Department of Labor that 222 people will be laid off by July 4.

Most of the cuts will be at the Art Institute's online division in the Strip District, with a smaller number being laid off in Phoenix. Some support staff at the company's headquarters also will lose their jobs. EDMC had 17,400 employees as of November, Greenlee said.

"As part of our efforts to offer students a great learning experience while keeping education affordable, we must maintain close alignment between our resources and market demand," Greenlee said in a statement. "As such, we had to make the difficult decision to eliminate less than 3 percent of our workforce. These reductions are mostly in staff and support functions."

No jobs are being added in Phoenix, though displaced Pittsburgh employees were eligible to apply for open positions there, Greenlee said.

Including the cuts announced Thursday, the company has slashed at least 700 jobs since June as it adjusts to falling enrollment. Greenlee declined to provide current enrollment at EDMC colleges. …

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