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South College assists students from closed Knoxville school to complete fall semester
By Scott Bird

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.

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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. Information about the plan will be posted on THEC’s website at

“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 Oct. 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 Dec. 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.”

Under the plan, Fountainhead College of Technology students will complete their coursework in classrooms provided by South College at its two Knoxville campuses starting Nov. 12. South College also will compensate Fountainhead College of Technology’s faculty members to teach the courses. Since tuition already has been paid, there will be no additional financial costs for the students.

“On behalf of our students and faculty, I appreciate South College’s efforts to help continue or finish our students’ educations,” Fountainhead College of Technology President and CEO Richard Rackley said. “The closure has been a difficult circumstance for everyone involved, but I’m heartened at South College’s support for the futures of our students.”

South College provides degree programs in comparable areas to Fountainhead College of Technology programs, including information technology, network administration and security, and electrical engineering technology. South College also offers a host of other degree programs in health care, business, legal and education fields.

Fountainhead College of Technology students who need multiple credit hours to graduate can pursue admission to South College and have all earned credits evaluated for transfer.

Students interested in finishing their Fountainhead College of Technology fall semester or applying to South College should contact Carrie Major, the Director of Admissions, at 865-251-1800.

South College, which also has campuses in Nashville, Asheville, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and offers programs at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate and associate levels. For more information about South College, visit

Published November 8, 2018

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