SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Students at the American Career Institute in Springfield were surprised Wednesday afternoon, when they discovered that their school abruptly closed. The career training school announced that they were shutting down effective Wednesday.
Students were waiting outside the Cadwell Drive building, after being told that there would be no classes for the rest of the day.
"Basically, the teachers were in a meeting. I guess they came in and said the school cancelled classes today, I could go home. That's all we know so far. No one knows what's going on," ACI student Camille Royal said.
When 22News arrived on the campus, workers could be seen taking equipment out of the building.
22News contacted ACI for comment, but no one was available when we called, and their website, aci.edu , appears to have been taken down.
The school did release a statement to 22News announcing their closure effective Wednesday. "ACI was forced to come to this decision due to a sudden inability to access additional credit, making it no longer fasible to operate the school. During this difficult time, ACI remains committed to its student body and staff," the statement reads.
ACI says that they are working with "teach out partners" to provide students with the chance to complete their program of study. "ACI will also be announcing plans to maintain all student records, and will announce where former and current students can access their records," the statement says.
American Career Institute is a for-profit school that provides education in a variety of programs including graphic design and health care. In addition to their Springfield school, they have campuses in eastern Massachusetts, and in Maryland.