Harrison College closed its doors almost three weeks ago but students are still finding challenges on what do next. Students from the veterinary program seem to be facing even more challenges.
Imagine almost reaching the finish line to graduation just to find out your school has closed its doors for good. That’s exactly what happened to thousands of Harrison College students.
Last month Harrison College issued a letter to staff and students announcing its permanent closure. While it's still unclear why the school has suddenly shut down, staff and students are left having to figure out how to move forward.
Program Director and Instructor for the Veterinary Technology school at Harrison's Northwest campus Heather Maddox found out that she no longer had a job just a day after she administered exams.
"It was a shock, I'm still somewhat in shock. I'm still waiting for them to call and go, it was just a joke come back to work," said Maddox.
Although she's out of a job, she's been working to help her students find placement at another college.
"Right now they have no options, we're still trying to work on options, and this is, we're three weeks out from closure and the faculty is still trying to help the students," said Maddox.
Harrison Vet Tech students have found their options to be particularly limited. Universities in the state either don't offer the program or are not accepting the student's credits. Their only choice may be to start completely over, and students aren't pleased.
"For me, that would mean that I would have to pick up and go to another state," said Vet Tech student Savanna Ruano. Another student, Honore Milton expressed her frustration, "If I have to start over from scratch, it's going to be very, very rough for me," said Milton.
Some students even expressed their concerns with financing a brand new education.
"After all this time and money that we've invested to start over again... for us to start over again, it's just too much," said Vet Tech student Maribel Tirado. "Starting all over again... how are we supposed to pay for that," said her classmate Alexandra Voteau.
Harrison College administrators recently released the student's transcripts. The status of many of students enrollment says “withdrawal."
Although the school closed, according to Federal Student Aid, loans are required to be paid back even if students have withdrawn from campus.
"I feel like they worded it in that way to their benefit so that they don't have to refund people's money,” said Savanna Ruano.
We’ve talked to some students who have hired lawyers. They want to make sure the way the school closed was legal.
We reached out to Harrison College and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Examiner and have received no response on the status of this issue.
We will be sure to keep updated on any information regarding the school.