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As Anthem College Closes Its Doors, Another College Steps Up For Students

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A local college will close its doors after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but despite this, they still have an option to finish their education.

Students at Anthem College in Sacramento heard this week their school may close, but today it was confirmed. They were in shock when they heard their school would be closing, but now students have help from another local college.

“It was just a shock for everybody,” said Hailey Kissinger, a former Anthem College student.

Kissinger is still grappling with what happened.

“I showed up to school with my homework ready — my presentation ready to go and ready to take a test — and everyone was outside. My teacher was crying,” she said.

Many students were supposed to graduate this winter.

“We are all in there crying,” said a student.

But now there is hope. Carrington College offers similar health care programs, and administrators say they will be able to enroll 200 of the students from Anthem.

“We know how hard it is for students to make that decision to go back to school, and we want to make sure that something that is out of their control doesn’t impact them and their life,” said Carrington College President Jeff Akens.

He says students in medical assisting, dental assisting, health care administration, pharmacy, and billing programs will be able to make the move to one of Carrington’s two area campuses.

“We are going to make it easy for you to transfer your units into Carrington. We are going to make sure you are not harmed financially, that you won’t have to pay any more than you would have had to pay at anthem,” said Akens.

Anthem unexpectedly closed due to financial woes. Students had heard rumblings of money problems, but the closure has forced dental assistant students like Kissinger to find an emergency backup plan.

“I’m really thankful for Carrington for taking me in and taking me through this process,” she said.

“My message to students would be don’t give up on your dreams. There are options for you out there,” said Akens.

And for the students who are accepted and decide to come to Carrington, classes will start on October 6.

Students will find out as early as next week whether they will be accepted for fall courses.

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