BEAUMONT — Students at a vocational school in Beaumont got locked out Wednesday when the school near Parkdale Mall closed abruptly after losing its accreditation.
An email to students of Brightwood College said the school would be closing as of Friday, December 7, 2018, but several students told 12News the school was already closed.
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On Wednesday afternoon the school was locked up and no one answered when a 12News reporter knocked on the front doors.
Reports of Brightwood College campuses all over the country closing began appearing online Wednesday.
The president of the college Stu Reed said in the email to students that "the Department of Education added requirements that made operating our schools more challenging."
These new requirements led to the school being shut down he said in the email.
The school also had its accreditation suspended by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools according to the email from Reed.
"The uncertainty of these requirements resulted in an inability to acquire additional capital to operate our schools," the letter read.
Students will get credit for all course completed and passed by Friday and will be able to request transcripts online "within the next few weeks"according to the email.
The email went on to say "if you do not graduate on 12/7, we encourage you to continue your career training by requesting your transcript and contacting local schools to determine transferability."
Email from Brightwood College to students received on December 5, 2018...
In early fail, we undertook a path to dramatically restructure Education Corporation of America (parent company of your school) to best posture it for the future.
This plan entailed the teach out of 26 of our campuses and then the commitment additional funds from investors.
However, recently, the Department of Education added requirements that made operating our schools more challenging.
In addition, last night ACICS suspended our schools' accreditation with intent to withdraw. The uncertainty of these requirements resulted in an inability to acquire additional capital to operate our schools.
It is with extreme regret that this series of recent circumstances has forced us to discontinue the operations of our schools. Your campus will close on Friday, 12/7/2018.
You will receive credit for all courses that you completed and passed by 12/7/2018. information on how to request your transcript will be posted at www.ecacolleges_corn within the next few weeks. If you do not graduate on 12/7, we encourage you to continue your career training by requesting your transcript and contacting local schools to determine transferability.
This is clearly not the outcome we envisioned for you or our schools, and ii with the utmost regret that I inform you of this direction.
Stu Reed, President & CEO
Beaurnont 6115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont TX, 77706
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