(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The American Career Institute, which has several locations throughout Massachusetts, was reportedly forced to close its doors on Wednesday without warning its students.
Students who went to one of the institute's locations in Framingham were shocked and angered to learn that the doors were locked and classes had been cancelled indefinitely.
The institute has several locations and offers training in the medical, technical, and dental fields.
Students told FOX 25 that they received an e-mail around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday from the school's owners addressing the shutdown.
In the e-mail, the owners explained that it was a difficult decision, but financial difficulties backed them into a corner and they were forced to close. The owners said the decision came after they were unable to get more credit from the school's lenders.
"A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this. I was up studying every night. I have a four-year-old that I also had to deal with. The other aspect of this is I was laid off from my job, and I've been unemployed this whole time, and I was covered because I was in this school," student Kristin Doherty said.
The school says they are working diligently with schools in the state to develop teach-out agreements that would allow current students to complete their programs at another school.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Education, as of Nov. 2012, the ACI had 1,274 students enrolled in its five Mass. campuses.
FOX 25 reached out to teachers and administrators, but they had no comment.