Area college closes abruptly, leaving some students in limbo

CREATED Aug 21, 2014

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BROOKFIELD - Cassandra Hadley had dreams of working in a hospital as a surgical tech. She was two classes away from graduating from Anthem College.

“I don’t know what is going on with my future. I am in a lot of debt. I feel like I wasted 2 years of my life," Hadley says.

The career college announced this morning it was closing its doors, leaving a number of students scrambling.

“I’m gong to take the time to do my research and go somewhere where I don’t have to worry about doors closing," said Jennifer Culberson.

In a statement, the cooperation that runs Anthem said in part “Due to extended period of financial difficulty, Anthem Education has made the difficult but necessary decision to close several of its facilities on August 22, 2014.”

The college is working with area colleges like Milwaukee Career College to help students complete their degrees or certificates programs.

“As long as you are this field that is what you need to do. The first question we always ask ourselves what is the right thing to do for our students?” said the president of Milwaukee Career College, Jack Takahashi.

But for Cassandra, the fate of her degree is still up in the air.

“While everyone has an option we are still in limbo. It is still the hurry up and wait game.”

Executive Director of the state’s Educational Approval, David Dies, says the board will oversee the transition and make sure no student is left in the dark.

“We have been advocating for the last couple of weeks on a continous basis, trying to find folks like Jack and Milwaukee Career College that would be in a position to take these students. “