Career Point College students protest after school closes

Dozens of students, staff protest outside Career Point College in Austin on Oct. 18, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Brittany Glas)
Dozens of students, staff protest outside Career Point College in Austin on Oct. 18, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Brittany Glas)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Career Point College students and staff took to the steps of the school to protest the college and what they say is its lack of communication after it permanently closed its doors earlier this week.

As many as 60 now former students and staff protested outside the school’s closed doors Tuesday evening, in hopes of accessing their transcripts and getting assistance in how to move forward mid-semester. “We need some kind of response,” said Sherry Flemings, a registered nurse student who was less than two months from graduating when the college closed its doors.

Flemings told KXAN the situation is overwhelming and the school, she says, hasn’t responded to her requests for information and assistance.

“We have spent our money, our time, and energy here, and at least have the courtesy to provide us some kind of information so we can move forward,” she added.

Students were shocked Sunday evening by the emails and push alerts they received informing them that their school would be immediately closed.

Sherry Flemings says she was less than 8 weeks away from graduating from Career Point, in the hopes of becoming a registered nurse, when the school closed.
Sherry Flemings says she was less than 8 weeks away from graduating from Career Point, in the hopes of becoming a registered nurse, when the school closed. (KXAN Photo)

In a statement posted on their website Monday afternoon, Career Point College says they are working to reach an agreement with local institutions to conduct a “teach-out” of each students’ current program. “Several institutions are interested and we will work with them this week hoping to finalize the details,” the statement went on to say.

“I’ve spent time, energy, tears in this program,” explained Flemings. “We need answers and we need answers fast. We’re scrambling trying to figure out which way to go.”

Deana Eanes has been enrolled as an licensed vocational nurse, LVN, at Career Point for a year. Eanes is from Rockdale, Texas. She says she drove 1.5 hours to attend classes at the college. “This was a dream.”

“It always has been,” continued Eanes, getting emotional. “Now I just feel like I have worked so hard to get there, just to be crushed.”

Eanes says so many of her colleagues and peers have sacrificed so much in order to be at the school.

“I’ve had to cut back hours to make this possible. I missed out on a whole year of my kids’ activities,” Eanes explained. All she’s asking for, she says, is a little help to move in the right direction.

Deana Eanes say she has been enrolled at Career Point for one year, studying to become a licensed vocational nurse.
Deana Eanes say she has been enrolled at Career Point for one year, studying to become a licensed vocational nurse. (KXAN Photo)

“I’m at a dead end. I don’t know which way to go,” said Flemings. “I’ve reduced my hours at my job. I’m not making the hours because I have put all my energy into this school, hoping to be a registered nurse, and now I’m at a standstill.”

Student protesters told KXAN that regardless of what happens, they remain determined to finish their schooling, with or without help from Career Point College.

“Give us some answers and show us how to move forward. Help us out,” said Eanes. “I don’t know what happened. I don’t really care at this point. But, we deserve better than this.”

“I will finish,” continued Flemings. “I don’t know which way to go, but, I was determined to get my RN and I’m going to keep fighting and eventually, we will prevail.”

According to a press release distributed by Southern Careers Institute this week,

Students questioning what is to become of the course credits earned while at school with Career Point, may reach out to Southern Careers Institute beginning Monday, October 17, to review transcripts and identify all transferable credits earned. In addition to credit transfers, Southern Careers Institute will be offering grants to Career Point students for up to $3,000 to help ease the transition, even if students have exhausted their allotted financial aid with Career Point.”

Representatives of Southern Careers Institute suggest Career Point students contact representatives of the school at 844-783-6569 to discuss the possibility of continuing their education at one of the campuses listed below. Southern Careers Institute has campuses in Austin and San Antonio, at the following locations:

Southern Careers Institute, Austin Campus
2301 S. Congress Ave., Suite 27
Austin, TX 78704

Southern Careers Institute, San Antonio – North Campus
6963 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78238

Southern Careers Institute, San Antonio – South Campus
238 Southwest Military Dr., Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78221

For more information about Southern Careers Institute, visit their website: http://www.scitexas.edu.

Dozens of students, staff protest outside Career Point College in Austin on Oct. 18, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Brittany Glas)
Dozens of students, staff protest outside Career Point College in Austin on Oct. 18, 2016. (KXAN Photo/Brittany Glas)

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