Thursday, January 3, 2013

Butler and Sawyer Schools (CT)

William Weir writes in the Hartford Courant about closures of Butler Business School in Bridgeport, CT and two campuses of Sawyers Schools located in Hartford and Hamden.

Linda Conner Lambeck's article for the Connecticut Post at ctpost.com, "Butler Business School closes, students stunned," focuses on the impact for students enrolled at Butler.
Butler Business School was founded as Brown's Business College in 1900 and was renamed Gutchess College ten years later. In 1917, Ernest M. Butler, who had been associated with Butler Business School in New Haven, purchased the school. Three generations of the Butler family managed the school until 1999, when it was sold to Academic Enterprises, Inc.

Ethyl M. Sawyer founded the Sawyer School in 1916 with the first Sawyer School located in downtown Los Angeles, CA.  International Industries, Inc., acquired Sawyer in 1967, and created The Sawyer Schools as a subsidiary organization.  A branch campus in Providence, RI began operation in September 1969. Then in 1975, Academic Enterprises, Inc., a Rhode Island corporation, acquired The Sawyer School.  A main campus was then established in Pawtucket, RI and in 1990, The Pelham Educational Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Academic Enterprises, d/b/a The Sawyer School was formed as a Connecticut corporation.  The Hamden and Hartford branches of Sawyer were opened in 1994.