Kilian Community College Closing In May

Kilian Community College has announced it will close effective May 31, 2016.

At its annual meeting on Thursday, the Board of Trustees of Kilian Community College voted to cease operations. Students, faculty, staff, donors, and other community stakeholders were notified Friday.

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. A Teach-Out Plan is being drafted to provide all students an option for the timely completion of their degree. This Plan is subject to approval in early 2016 by the Higher Learning Commission.

“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 officials say the college experienced declining enrollment over the past five years, yet finished the most recent fiscal year in the black.

Lutheran Social Services says they were shocked and saddened to learn of Kilian’s decision to close.

“We are sorry to see Sioux Falls lose an educational opportunity for the non-traditional students which Kilian has served so well for the past 38 years,” said Betty Oldenkamp, LSS President/CEO.

“Workforce development continues to be a priority for LSS, and we will certainly continue our efforts in that area.”

LSS says they are assessing the impact of this news on its building plans and forthcoming capital campaign.