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Longtime provider of vocational training to close Lawrence campus this summer

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Lawrence and Douglas County are the capital of higher education in Kansas, as evidenced by the presence of three universities, a campanile and several houses that make the bell tower sound like a quiet library. There is news, though, that Lawrence is losing one provider of higher education.

Pinnacle Career Institute has announced that it will close its Lawrence facility in July. Pinnacle is located in the Southern Hills Shopping Center at 23rd and Ousdahl. I reported yesterday how the owners of the center have filed plans to convert some of its space into a storage facility. Well, much of that space is where Pinnacle is currently located.

Rebecca Clothier, executive director of the Lawrence branch of Pinnacle, said the ownership of the educational company decided that it no longer made sense to locate two campuses in the Kansas City area and one in Lawrence. The Lawrence facility will close in July after current students finish their classwork.

“It is sad for us,” Clothier said. “I have been at this campus for quite awhile. Times are changing though with online education and flex education.”

Pinnacle Career Institute will be closing its facility near 23rd and Ousdahl in Lawrence in July.

Pinnacle Career Institute will be closing its facility near 23rd and Ousdahl in Lawrence in July. by Chad Lawhorn

Clothier said the Lawrence campus has about 100 students at any given time. According to its website, Pinnacle offers a variety of programs in medical, health and fitness, alternative energy and construction trades.

The pending closure will end a long history the company has had in Lawrence. The company has operated under the Pinnacle name since 2001, Clothier said. But previously the company operated in Lawrence as CTBI, which I think had been in operation in Lawrence since the 1980s.

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Sarah St. John 5 months, 1 week ago

"Previously the company operated in Lawrence as CTBI, which I think had been in operation in Lawrence since the 1980s." Yes, I remember it well! It was located over on the south side of town, off 23rd on "SIlicon Ave." which at that time (if I remember correctly) dead-ended into some woods. I attended there in the late 80s to gain some office skills. Actually that's where I learned to type properly! Before that, I was a pretty fast hunt-and-peck typist, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to pick up touch-typing when I started so late instead of learning it in high school, but it turned fine!

Just to show you a snapshot of the late-80s -- in addition to typing (or I guess now we'd say "keyboarding"), basic accounting, and general office stuff, we also learned word processing on WordPerfect. Ha!

I remember a few people from my class and I wonder what became of them. I recall at least two of them were from a factory that had just closed -- I want to say Levi-Strauss, maybe in Ottawa KS or something? -- and now their occupation was gone and they needed to train in something entirely different.

Steve Jacob 5 months, 1 week ago

For profit schools are going out of business pretty quickly.

David Holroyd 5 months, 1 week ago

"which I think I been in operation since the "80s"..Does not anyone know the facts?

How many employees will not have a job? That should be the other story and have those employees of the now closing center been offered jobs in the Kansas City area school, wherever it is.

Will Ms.Rebecca Clothier be offered a job elsewhere and live where or commute.

Of the 100 approximately students at the Lawrence Center,how many actually live in Lawrence and how many come from surrounding communities. Another story for the Journal World !

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