SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Students arrived at a Springfield career school Wednesday to find that their school had suddenly closed.
“I have a month and a half left. I have kids to take care of this was like a life long career I was hoping to have,” said Girleys Ramirezm, student.
A letter on the front door of American Career Institute says that the school was forced to close Wednesday “due to [the school's] recent and unanticipated inability to access additional credit from the school’s lenders.”
“Without access to this credit, ACI is not able to continue operating,” the letter explains.
American Career Institute provided educational training in such fields as digital media, information technology, dental and medical assisting, and medical coding and billing.
The school’s closure came suddenly, with many students arriving for classes at the Cadwell Drive location Wednesday afternoon to find the doors locked.
“It’s over, it’s shut door and we have no answers, no telephones, no email. I really don’t know what’s going on,” said Nicole Ekmailian, student.
“We would have showed up to school tomorrow and the doors are closed, no answers no nothing,” said Cynthia Carmenaty, student.
The letter indicates that ACI will be “working diligently with schools in Massachusetts to develop teach-out agreements” that would allow current ACI students to complete their program at another school.
Headquartered in Framingham, the school had other locations in Cambridge, Woburn, and Braintree, as well as two sites in Maryland.
The Division of Professional Licensure is investigating.
CLICK HERE for their bulletin on the closure.
CLICK HERE to read the entire letter posted for students.
A search of the Accrediting Council For Continuing Education and Training also shows the school’s accredited expired on 12/15/12.
CLICK HERE and search “American Career Institute” for more details on the accreditation.