Everest University has laid off 105 of the 433 employees at its Colorado Springs call center as part of nationwide cutback by the for-profit college’s parent company, Corinthian Colleges Inc. – a response to slowing enrollment in online classes, The Gazette reports.

The layoffs, which were completed Feb. 4, affected employees in the local center’s admissions and student finance divisions who work with prospective students or those who have recently enrolled, said Kent Jenkins, vice president of public affairs communications for Corinthian in Washington, D.C.

The Colorado Springs center handles a variety of tasks that also include academic, student and career services. Those areas were not hit by the cutback, he said.

“After several years of rapid expansion, the online education sector has entered a phase of consolidation and modest student enrollment growth. This trend affects Everest online as well as other educational organizations,” Jenkins said in an email sent Tuesday.

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