Colleges close abruptly, Salinas students unsure what to do

Colleges close abruptly, Salinas students unsure what to do

October 9, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


PERFORM AN AUTOPSY. CORINTHIAN COLLEGES SHUTDOWN CLASSES TODAY. THEY ARE DISPLACING ABOUT 16,000 STUDENTS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THEY WERE FINDING THE INSTITUTION $30 MILLION FOR MISREPRESENTATION. THE CLOSURES INCLUDE THE COLLEGE IN SALINAS. 500 STUDENTS FROM ALL AROUND THE CENTRAL COAST WILL NOT BE GOING TO CLASS TODAY HERE AT CAMPUS. DOORS ARE LOCKED AND SECURITY IS ON-SITE. THAT IS BECAUSE CORINTHIAN COLLEGES CLOSED EFFECTIVE THIS MORNING. THAT ALSO MEANS TO LIVE THE CAMPUSES, INCLUDING THIS ONE IN SALINAS ARE BASICALLY KICKING 16,000 STUDENTS IN SEVERAL STATES OUT OF SCHOOL. IN SALINAS, 500 STUDENTS FOUND OUT BY E-MAIL ON SUNDAY OR FOUND OUT TODAY WHEN THEY SHOWED UP TO GO TO CLASS. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEIR NEXT STEPS WILL BE. WILL THEIR CREDITS TRANSFER AND WHAT ABOUT THEIR STUDENT LOANS? WHAT I HAVE HEARD IS THAT SOME OF THE CREDITS WILL BE TRANSFERABLE. SOME OF THE STUDENTS CALLED THE CENTRAL COAST AND THEY SAID THEIR CURRICULUM IS DIFFERENT SO WE WILL HAVE TO START FROM SCRATCH. THEY HAD A TWO-YEAR WAITING PROGRAM. AT THIS POINT, I AM LOST. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I AM KIND OF SCARED. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. I HAVE A STUDENT LOANS HERE AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THAT. THIS COMES AFTER AN INVESTIGATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THEY FOUND CORINTHIAN COLLEGES MISLED STUDENTS BY INFLATING THEIR JOB PLACEMENT RATES. WE TALKED TO THE CAMPUS PRESIDENT A LITTLE WHILE AGO AND HE DOES NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN HIS FOUR YEARS HERE RUNNING THIS CAMPUS HAS EVER HAPPENED. HE DOESN’T BELIEVE THE STUDENTS IN SALINAS AND ON THE CENTRAL COAST DESERVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS. WE DO KNOW RIGHT NOW AT NOON, TEACHERS ARE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO COME INTO THE BUILDING, GET THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS, AND WILL BE ESCORTED BACK OUT. STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SHOWING UP THROUGHOUT THE MORNING. THEY’RE UPSET, UNDERSTANDABLY. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE NEXT STEPS WILL BE IN THEIR FUTURE AND THEIR TIME TO FIGURE THAT OUT. MANY OF THEM SAYING THEY JUST WANT ANSWERS TO KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO NEXT, WHERE