New Brunswick

Saint John college closes without warning

The sudden closure of a private college in Saint John has left 25 students in limbo, as officials from the Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour explore options that would allow them to continue their training.

The sudden closure of a private college in Saint John has left 25 students in limbo, as officials from the Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour explore options that would allow them to continue their training.

Students at the Academy of Learning found out last week that the institution was closing because of financial reasons.

Lori-Jean Wallace, who speaks for the Department of Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour, said the goal is to assess each student to get a better idea of their education needs.

"We'll be looking to see where we can help them transition to continue and finish their training," said Wallace.

Jeanette Peters is one of the students left paying for training she won't be able to complete at the Academy of Learning. She had hoped to graduate with her teacher's assistant diploma this summer.

"I have to find a job, I have two small kids, I have a husband who can support us for only so long on one income. I'm stuck in a dead-end job. Again. Or trying to find another course that I can take come September," she said.

Peters is worried that her training to date will be lost since the course she was taking isn't offered anywhere else.

The Academy of Learning is a private career college that has operated in Saint John for more than ten years.  It was one of 65 franchises across the country.

Wallace said management at the Academy of Learning have been working cooperatively with the department to find ways for students to complete their training.

Students are hoping to have some answers later this week.

According to the Academy of Learning's website, the Saint John college recently underwent many renovations including a new classroom that can accommodate up to 40 students.