THE SACRAMENTO BEE: Students express anger after abrupt closure of Heald, Corinthian colleges

Career College Central Summary:

  • Several dozen students gathered outside Heald College in Roseville Monday morning, sharing frustration and some tears with classmates and teachers after the abrupt weekend closure of Heald and other colleges run by for-profit Corinthian Colleges.
  • Pura Hernandez, 31, fought back tears as she described herself as a disabled woman already working in the medical field who went back to school to improve her options finding work she could physically manage.
  • “I can no longer use my legs as much,” said Hernandez, who uses a cane and struggles with chronic neuropathy. “I came back here so I could have a sit-down job. I just found out yesterday that we’re screwed.”
  • Hernandez said she became physically ill after learning of the shutdown. “I am depressed. I threw up four times. I am sick to my stomach,” she said. “We’re still having to pay for a degree we do not have.”
  • Parent company Corinthian Colleges announced over the weekend it would shutter all 28 of its remaining campuses.
  • The majority of Corinthian’s schools were sold last year to a nonprofit student-loan servicer after California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian, claiming it misled students about the value of their education and a federal inquiry effectively cut off much the company’s revenue flow.

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