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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Education Management Corp., Downtown, which operates a network of for-profit colleges, continues to lay off workers, amid profit pressures.

The company said Monday it will lay off nearly 100 workers at 50 locations across the country, including five employees of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Education Management employs almost 20,000 people.

"The reductions were based upon the current and anticipated future needs of specific programs due to fluctuations in student enrollment," said a statement from spokeswoman Jackie Muller. She added the cut-backs would have no impact on students.

The layoffs follow the company's layoff of nearly 400 at the end of January, including roughly 70 at its Online Higher Education business in the Strip District which employs more than 1,600 people. The company had cited "the economy and a changing regulatory landscape" for the moves.

Education Management is the nation's second-largest operator of for-profit schools, with 107 locations in the United States and Canada, including the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

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