SAN ANTONIO – With the Career Point College fallout, many former students are desperately looking for what their next step should be as they deal with the loss of student loans, loss of credits and for some, a career path.
Other nonprofit and for-profit schools are offering up information sessions to the students displaced by the recent closure, but should students try their chances with transfer options at these types of schools?
"What we like to tell our students is, of course, it is their choice and so they have to do their research," said Gail Hathaway, CEO of Workforce Solutions. "You hate to say ‘buyer beware’ because you want people to take advantage of every academic opportunity that they have, but there are a lot of good institutions in our area."
Hathaway recommended that students research schools they are looking at to make sure these institutions meet the standards of the Texas Workforce Commission and the Department of Labor.
"The thing we see as far as comparison to public institutions and the for-profit and nonprofit institutions is cost," Hathaway said. "A lot of times, the programs of study are very similar, so looking at what cost you could afford. We have one of the finest community college districts in our city."
Hathaway also reminds students that there are opportunities for funding. A big one is the National Emergency Grant for Healthcare Workers.
"Certified nursing assistants, certified medical assistants, licensed vocational nurses, those are all programs for individuals who have been out of work for up to six months that we can help fund their medical education," Hathaway said.
For more information about the National Emergency Grant for Healthcare Workers or to get help at a local Workforce Solutions Center, click here.
To check on school standards set by the Workforce Commission, click here.