TULSA -- Another Tulsa vocational school has shut its doors, leaving students in limbo.
Career Point College announced over the weekend its plan to close the school, effective immediately. “Now I'm stuck with a loan, student loans, and no education,” said student Carlie Jones.
Jones was just two weeks away from finishing her time at Career Point College. The shut down came as a shock, knowing it meant the same for her journey to become a nurse.
“You don't have that thought process that 'oh I'm going to go to school here and it could possibly close down,'” she said. “It's all on them whether we can go finish somewhere else.”
Now many are worried about what happens to their class credits, and the diplomas that were waiting at the finish line.
“I'm not going to stand around and let this happen. I mean, I put too much work into it and it's not about to be taken away from me like that,” said student Talecia Walker.
“It doesn't necessarily have to be this way, and it's much better if it's not this way,” said Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools director Nora House.
In a press release, school management blamed an incident involving three employees who violated rules with student aid funds.
After self-reporting it to the u.s. department of education, funds were drastically cut, causing the school to close its doors.
“Schools don't generally get problems overnight. But we tend to see are final actions or adverse actions. We'd like to see that earlier in the picture,” said House.
Now directors are scrambling to find other tulsa schools who will accept credits of all 125 students.
Because Jones, like many others, refuses to give up on finishing what she started.
“It'd mean the world. Like it would be the best feeling,” Jones said. “It's very important to me to get my education, and I haven't been able to.”
2 Works for You is waiting to hear back from the U.S. Department of Education about the shutdown.
The Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools is asking students to contact them so they can update their records and make notifications of any developments.
To update your info, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your preferred email and mailing addresses, as well as telephone number.
The OBPVS says it will only use the information to share additional information as more becomes available.
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