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The Dickinson College Sylvan Learning Center has closed.

The college operated the center as a franchisee, providing tutoring and college test prep services to area students.

“Given the state of the economy, it made no sense to continue the program,” said Christine Dugan, the college’s director of media relations.

Dugan said the employees of the center were moved to other positions with the college, which is focusing its efforts on the Dickinson College Children’s Center off Orange Street. That facility provides child care for children ages 0-5 of faculty, staff and students.

The children’s center is expected to undergo an expansion in the near future, Dugan said. She had no additional information on those plans, or any plans for the Sylvan Learning Center building.

A phone message at the center directs callers to nearby Sylvan centers in Camp Hill and Chambersburg. Workers were seen Wednesday taking down signs at the business.

Founded in 1979, Sylvan claims it is “North America’s leading provider of private tutoring for children in grades pre-K through 12.” The company has over 1,100 locations in the United States and Canada.

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