Kilian Community College says it's closing its doors in May

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kilian Community College says it will close its doors after 38 years following its May spring commencement.

The independent, non-profit, educational institution's board of trustees voted to cease operations at its annual meeting on Thursday. Students, faculty, staff and donors were notified early Friday.

President Mark Millage says it was a difficult decision, but the reality is that the business of higher education is changing at a very rapid pace. Millage says new, local initiatives along with the external competitive landscape put the school's future in doubt.

Classes will be offered as scheduled and scholarships will be awarded for the winter 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. All new students enrolled for the winter term, which begins on Nov. 30, can request a full refund if they choose not to attend.

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