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July 10, 2014

College closes Salem, Nashua campuses

SALEM, N.H. — Mount Washington College announced it will close its Salem and Nashua campuses and lay off 50 employees.

College spokesman Stephen White said this morning the school, formerly known as Hesser College, will shutter the campuses by Sept. 9.

Approximately 540 students will be affected, including 200 at the Salem campus on Manor Parkway, he said. They will be able to continue their studies at the college's Manchester campus, he said.

The decision was prompted by a 30 percent decline in enrollment over the last few years and a move to focus more on its online programs, White said.

He said about 70 percent of the students should be able to complete their studies by year's end. But several programs will be discontinued, he said.

A year ago, Mount Washington closed its campuses in Portsmouth and Concord as well.

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