“I’m lost for words,” Oklahoma students scrambling after Wright Career College abruptly closes its doors

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro college left hopeful graduates high and dry.

Wright Career College unexpectedly shut its doors Thursday at all five locations, including its campus in Oklahoma City.

Months from her would-be graduation, Lynn Cataline is scrambling.

"I just don't know what to say, I'm lost for words," she explained.

Lynn is far from alone.

"I'm disgusted," explained another student. "The communication has never been very good."

"Me and my classmates here, we're all in about $40,000 each," said Ardis Bell.

The campuses across the country closed their doors after 'Mission Group Kansas, Inc' filed for bankruptcy this week.

Trouble had been brewing at the schools for some time.

"About March 7th, we were notified that they had ceased accepting new enrollments, and were looking for a teach out partner," said Nora House, director for the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools (OBPVS).

The 'teach out' would have allowed all current Wright students to move to a second school, to finish their education uninterrupted.

That deal never came to pass, and now five schools have closed their doors.

For Ardis, the school's abrupt closing came in the middle of class.

"Our teacher left," he explained. "When she came back yesterday, she told us everybody has to go. We asked why, and she said, 'I don't know, they won't tell me."

Details are now laid out for students on the school's website, through a lone press release. 

President John Mucci responded, with the following statement:

“We are saddened by these events. From our beginning in 1921 until our closure, we have always operated with the focus of putting the interests of our students first. It is unfortunate our students cannot complete their programs at Wright Career College. I would like to thank our employees for their tireless dedication and commitment in helping our students achieve their educational and career goals.”

NewsChannel 4 has obtained a memo reportedly sent out to staff members, in which they are told the college 'will not be issuing paychecks' for this pay period. It also explains they should be receiving information on how to receive those wages soon.

The Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools is in the process of trying to help guide students through their next steps. OBPVS is currently working with local schools, to see where these class credits might transfer.

However, the OBPVS is in need of updated contact information.

Students are urged to either email hmyers@obpvs.ok.gov, or call (405) 528-3370.