With no warning, more than 80 students and dozens of instructors at Vatterott College Joplin find out the doors have been shut permanently.
“I just pulled in, found everyone standing outside, letter on the door, no indication that anything was going to happen,” says Nicholas Loterste.
“This is bad, this is a very bad decision on their part,” says Jeff Willoughby.
Instructors and students showing up for evening class at Vatterott College in Joplin were greeted with locked doors and a letter.
“The note is basically to the employees saying that their insurance will be dropped the 17th and letters will be sent out to everyone else,” says Jeff Willoughby.
“I had no idea that something like this was going to happen,” says Nicholas Loterste.
The college taught career specific classes so students can get certified in an industry and jump straight into the field.
“It was a fair bit of lab work and we would get certification with the EPA all the stuff we would need to get into the field,” says Loterste.
Loterste had been enrolled since August–working towards a certification in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Willoughby was close to entering the businesses management world.
“I’m a little upset about it, I have two classes left, and I would have been done, so I don’t know how they’re going to work that out, if they’re just going to call it done, and give me my diploma or if they’re going to hold it, because there’s still one student loan pending and I guess that’s not going got go through. I have no idea what’s going on,” says Jeff Willoughby.
The school says the closure is due to changes in economic and regulatory conditions. They had signed a letter of intent to sell the school earlier this year, but that could not happen due to restrictions placed on Vatterott’s participation in the federal financial aid programs. Students are just trying to figure out what’s next.
“I have no idea, I guess hire a lawyer and figure out what’s going to happen,” says Jeff Willoughby.
As far as Tuition vatterott college says “students who accepted federal financial aid may be eligible to apply for a closed-school loan discharge with the U.S. Department of Education.”