Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area has bought the Macon, Milledgeville and Decatur assets of American Professional Institute for about $500,000.
The acquisition was effective Friday.
About 300 students are currently enrolled in API programs on these campuses, which include courses for medical assistant, pharmacy technician, surgery technician, massage therapy, nail technician and barbering. Cosmetology is offered in Macon and Decatur.
The API locations acquired in Middle Georgia are on Riverside Drive and Eisenhower Parkway in Macon and on North Columbia Street in Milledgeville. The businesses reopened as scheduled for students Monday under Goodwills banner as School of Health.
Other API campuses are not part of the Goodwill purchase.
Goodwill will build on the foundation of some of APIs middle-skills academic programs, Jim Stiff, Goodwills president and CEO, said Monday.
Some of the API programs, such as massage therapy, nail technician, barbering and cosmetology, will remain open-enrollment programs, he said. The heath care programs will move to a quarter system beginning in October.
All the API programs will be evaluated, and if enrollments dont justify their existence, they will be eliminated, Stiff said.
Goodwill currently operates two campuses of Helms College in Macon and Augusta, offering accredited certificate, diploma and associate degrees in the field of culinary arts.
The acquisition of APIs existing accredited programs will allow Goodwill to expand its post-secondary education roster to include programs in allied health.
In March, 2012, a feasibility study asked for by Goodwill that looked at what jobs would be needed from 2016 to 2020 found that hospitality and health care were in the top six job titles, Stiff said.
Goodwill began having informal discussions with API officials about five years ago because Goodwill wanted to offer health care courses, he said.
Open house for October classes in the School of Health will be held in September.
Former API President Jamie Garner has been named vice president of administrative affairs with Goodwills School of Health.
The schools nearly 25 employees were terminated, but workers were offered the opportunity to apply for positions through Goodwill Staffing Services. Classes were held Monday as usual under the new name, Stiff said.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.