The following statement is from CCST Executive Director Jerry Valdez:

The Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) is extremely disappointed to learn of the last minute closing of the Education Corporation of America (ECA) campuses in several cities in Texas and across the country and the displacement of thousands of students at these schools.

At this time, CCST and our member companies are working hard to ensure all 3600 students currently enrolled at the various ECA campuses in Texas (including Brightwood College and Virginia College) are aware of their options for continuing to pursue their career goals and dreams. While we regret that ECA has made this decision, this is not the end of the road for these students by any stretch. There are a number of career schools in and around the impacted communities and these campuses are doing everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for all Brightwood College and Virginia College students in Texas.

CCST is proud of the commitment that career schools in our state have made to students throughout Texas and we do not want this closing to blemish the strong relationships and tremendous number of career opportunities our campuses have provided over the years. We have outlined a number of resources for impacted students below. If you have any questions let us know here.



Resources: The mission of career schools is to provide students with not only the opportunity for a lifelong career, but to use that career to change their lives. CCST has several member schools in the ECA campus areas (San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville) and stands ready to help students continue to pursue their career goals and dreams.

  • You can find a list of schools in the affected areas on our website ( under the member tab.
  • Click here for requesting a copy of your transcript from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, who has copies of transcripts from Texas campuses.