American Commercial College Closing in Odessa, Leaves Students in the Dark

American Commercial College Closing in Odessa, Leaves Students in the Dark

by: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The American Commercial College in Odessa is closing their doors for good on Friday, students feel they are being left in the cold, with the loss of money and no certificate.

"I'm seriously mad. I feel somebody just kicked me in the stomach. I'm a stay at home Mom and I was trying to show my kids that no matter what you can still go back to school. Then something like this happens," Nevarez said. 

Stacy Nevarez is a student at the college. She's upset over how the college decided to let students know of the closure.

"I called and asked the dean yesterday (Tuesday), I spoke with him personally. I asked if the school was going to close and he said, no that is not going to happen, I don't know where you heard that from," Nevarez said.

The college is no stranger to having campuses shut down. In June of 2013, the campuses in Lubbock and Abilene were raided by federal police. That's after administrators were accused of falsifying information to make it look like the college was eligible to participate in federal student aid but it was not.

On Wednesday, San Angelo, Wichita Falls and Odessa were the latest to shut down. The Texas Workforce Commission sent NewsWest 9 a statement saying, "While TWC is not involved in administration of any loan process, the agency is coordinating with the U.S. Department of Education to provide information to students about Federal Student Aid and addressing options available when a school closes." The document goes on to say: "TWC is working with the college to inform students of their options for completing their program of study. Students that attended within 90 days of the date of closure may qualify for loan forgiveness."

Nevarez has been with the college for only a few weeks, instead of a few months like others.

"I don't know what I have to do but I'm going to get my education. If it's not American Commercial College then I'm actually lucky that this happened before I wasted my time," Nevarez said. 

The TWC told NewsWest 9 about 150 students may have been affected by the closing and they will also assist with information about unemployment benefits for college employees that were also impacted by the announcement. For more information on the college closing, you can call the school helpline at 866-256-6333.