South College to assist Fountainhead College students finish semester

South College plans to assist Fountainhead College of Technology students complete their fall semester courses following the school’s unexpected closure in Knoxville last week.

The completion of these courses would allow some students to complete their degree programs by the end of the year.

Knoxville-based South College administrators met with officials from Fountainhead College of Technology to facilitate a way for students to finish the fall semester and, for those who complete all requirements, to still earn a degree from Fountainhead College of Technology. South College is in discussions with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) about the plan to facilitate instruction.

“We wanted to step in quickly and help these students stay on track to graduate or to complete their current term courses,” said Steve South, chancellor of South College. “The students can keep their already-earned credits and ensure their academic dreams don’t lose momentum.”

Fountainhead College of Technology, which was located in North Knoxville and had been open for 71 years, shuttered October 31. Approximately 50 students were enrolled at the college when it closed, many of whom were scheduled to graduate upon completion of the fall semester on December 11.

South College cannot convey the credits or degrees because of accreditation restrictions that would delay the process for students on track to graduate from Fountainhead College of Technology in a few weeks.

Under the new arrangements, Fountainhead College of Technology students can finish the semester in December. Leadership of Fountainhead College of Technology has contacted the college’s accrediting agency, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), for approval of this plan.

“These students were committed to completing this term, and we want to help them finish their quest as quickly and efficiently as possible,” South said. “We will do all we can to make this a seamless transition.”