- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh-based company that runs trade schools for chefs, artists and others nationwide has laid off 250 more employees, including 110 in the home office.

Education Management Corp. spokesman Chris Hardman says the local layoffs have been in administrative and support jobs at offices in the city’s Strip District and in suburban Green Tree. Eighty of those layoffs came Tuesday, and 30 more on Thursday.

The company, also known as EDMC, has about 23,000 U.S. employees, 2,200 of them in Pittsburgh.

The school has been targeted by federal regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, which have questioned the way it paid its recruiters. The school has denied breaking recruiting laws, and blamed its debt problems on rules that tighten the availability of student loans.

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