Brightwood College abruptly shuts down

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Students are left wondering how they will move on after a local college shuts its doors for good.

Some are very upset saying their time and money has been wasted.

A very difficult and sad day for Brightwood College students, as they tell us the news came on very short notice.

But one student tells us she still has a few options. Stephanie Rivera tells us she can still go somewhere else and says school officials are telling students to get their transcripts and apply somewhere else.

Rivera says she invested thousands of dollars on her courses, but what hurts most is knowing she was so close to reaching her goal of getting her medical assistant certification.

Stu Reed the President and CEO of Education Corporation of America, the parent company of Brightwood College states new requirements by the Department of Education have made difficult for them to continue operations and regrets that these recent circumstances have forced them to close their schools.
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Students who were taking classes at Brightwood College will now have to figure out their next step after the college announced it will be closing its doors.

Multiple news outlets in Texas and across the nation have reported that the college is no longer accredited and teachers are headed home.

Students who were taking certain courses are being told that they still have a chance to take their final exams to qualify for some type of credit.

Brightwood College at 6410 McPherson Rd.

KGNS is in the process of speaking with officials from Brightwood and will give you the latest details on this story.