Brightwood Career Institutes Closings

Earlier this month, Education Corporation of America (ECA), owner of Brightwood College, Brightwood Career Institute, Virginia College, Golf Academy of America and Ecotech Institute, announced that it would cease operations in December 2018. Due to the sudden nature of this closing, Pennsylvania students have been left with numerous questions regarding their transcripts, loans and transferring credits. At this time, our office is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist students in getting answers to these questions.

Please see the below links that may be of assistance.

Finally, if your immediate concerns are not addressed by the information above, we encourage you to call our office at 1-800-441-2555 or the Pennsylvania Department of Education at 717-783-8228. You may also file a consumer complaint online at or send us an email at