Another political friend of the sector was former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe. Her husband, former Gov. John McKernan, was formerly chairman for Education Management Corp. ( ECMC), which runs schools in 36 states, including The Art Institutes and Brown-Mackie College. EMC gets almost 75% of its funding from Title IV of the Higher Education Act, according to its annual report. All this leads to CareerCollegeCentral, which calls itself the voice of the industry, to express worries about the industry's extinction due to a struggle for funding with community colleges. Follow @DanaBlankenhorn This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.