AUSTIN (KXAN) — Career Point College students and staff were shocked Sunday evening by the emails and push alerts received informing them that their school has closed its doors permanently.
In the notice of closure sent to all members of the campus it states the management team discovered three long-term employees had collaborated to violate rules related to student aid funds. It states that after an investigation, the president self-reported the inappropriate activity to the Department of Education and provided a plan to repay the funds taken.
“Even though no money was stolen, and even though the College had self-report the violation and agreed to repay all inappropriately received funds, the plan was not accepted,” the notice said.
The notice goes on to say the DOE restricted government funds to the college which made the college unable to continue operations.
“Therefore, effective immediately, Career Point College is closed.”
According to their website, Career Point College, a for-profit college, has been open since 1984 and had approximately 1,400 students before shutting its doors this weekend. The school had programs in fields such as business, medical, nursing, cosmetology and information technology. The Austin campus is located on I-35 near Rundberg Lane in north Austin.
The following is an excerpt from the notice of closure:
To all our very fine students, staff and faculty, we are so sorry that we have to close this fine, old institution. The college’s management is attempting to arrange various teach-out opportunities for our student, and we will provide that information as it is available.
Over the next few weeks, we will be attempting to provide students transfer assistance to other colleges as that also becomes available.
Again, we apologize for closing the school, but in light of the actions by the Department of Education, we had no choice.
Larry Earl, President and CEO
Students of the college are waiting outside of Career Point College on Monday in hopes of some answers.
“I’m very upset just because I put in so much time in this school,” said Crystal Guevara. “And just yesterday they were touring students around showing the campus.”
“I feel numb to it all because it’s like a nightmare, somebody wake me up. I really just them to answer my questions, what are we to do next?” said Jamiee Shaw.
Last week, the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board was worried the recent abrupt closure of ITT Technical Institute’s across the country would have an impact on other for-profit colleges in Texas. Due to the nature of their business model, 33 for-profit college campuses are on the state’s watch list that could end up in the same position as ITT Tech. Approximately 5,000 to 8,000 Texas students attend those campuses. It is not known if Career Point College was one of the 33 on the state’s watch list.