Students are sharing mixed reaction to Miller-Motte Technical College’s announcement of plans to close its Roanoke County and Lynchburg campuses.
The decision comes just a year after ITT Technical Institutes closed nationwide.
According to a statement from school officials, the closures are happening because the school’s accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, lost federal recognition, which affects funding to the college.
The campuses have not closed yet, but they are longer accepting new students, according to officials.
Classes for all current students at both campuses will continue until students have completed their coursework, according to the statement, and the college is also refunding deposits for any new students that had already enrolled.
Some students we spoke with said they’re frustrated and are looking into transferring out of the college. Others said they’ll still be able to graduate and aren’t upset about the change.
“I know some people that I’m taking classes with are kind of disappointed about it,” said Megan Ostler, a Miller-Motte Technical College student who will soon graduate. “I’m kind of disappointed. I [would have] liked to come back and do more classes for something else maybe in the future.”
There’s no word yet on when exactly the campuses will completely shut down. A spokesperson for Miller-Motte said the college will help students transfer to other schools if they choose to do so.
Virginia Western Community College, Central Virginia Community College and American National University are some of the local schools that have announced plans to provide transfer options to Miller-Motte students.