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UPDATED: Career Institute Abruptly Closes; Can't Get Credit To Stay Open

Headquartered in Framingham, the American Career Institute abruptly shut its doors and ushered students and teachers out of all of its buildings across Massachusetts.

Headquartered in Framingham, the American Career Institute abruptly closed all of its locations across Massachusetts and the United States today, Jan. 9, unable to get credit to continue operating.

"Regrettably, American Career Institute is being forced to close on Jan. 9, 2013. The owners had to make the difficult decision to close the school due to its recent and unanticipated inability to access additional credit from the school's lenders. Without access to this credit, ACI is not able to continue operating," stated the Newbury Street business in a letter to students.

Student Haley Dutchka wrote on the Framingham Patch Facebook page "I sat in class today taking a final. My second month in school at ACI. I stayed after to take a makeup quiz and do extra credit... I left and received an email from school stating they just closed. No warning. I am in complete shock. The students from the framingham campus are in an uproar!"

Dutchka later wrote "The school website is shut down (we can not access our credits or grades) and phones are off. They have no employees so how then plan to "help students" find other schools is beyond me. People that paid 10,000+ just this December lost all of it, only one month into school. Students with a week to go, or ready to graduate now can not. No one has answers, and I dont think we ever will."

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In a letter to students, ACI emailed "As of January 9, 2013, all ACI campuses will close. Despite, the necessity of a sudden closure, ACI remains committed to its student body. ACI is working diligently with schools in Massachusetts to develop teach-out agreements. Generally, a teach-out agreement would allow current ACI students to complete their programs at another school which offers a similar educational program. ACI encourages students to complete their program as teach outs become available, otherwise please be aware that there is a federal student loan discharge process that you may be eligible to apply for ..."

American Career Institute had locations in Massachusetts in Framingham, Cambridge, Springfield, Woburn and Braintree. It also operated three locations in Maryland in Baltimore, Columbia and Wheaton.

Kate Murphy January 10, 2013 at 08:18 PM
This “school” has always been a scam. They are always so obliging and available when enrolling prospective students and then somehow unavailable once you are “locked into a payment”. Very very sad. Most of the employees there just follow suit so they don’t loose their job. They are put under enormous pressure to conform. “Students Come First” is a complete joke. After doing some research – here is what I’ve found on them: The CEO is Andree Fontaine. This is the person that made the decision to close the school and should be ultimately held responsible. Her name is listed here in this recent article regarding the Braintree campus. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100353234/American_Career_Institute_Now_Offers_Nursing_Aide_Training_Program This article here lists a website where you can file a grievance with Attorney General Martha Coakley, whether you are a student or former employee. http://www.wickedlocal.com/medway/community/blogs/spitzbits/x1353232952/Help-for-ACI-students Here is some background research on the school just in case you were wondering first-hand how bad it was sometimes. Always do your homework. 34 reviews and 1 star! Terrible! http://www.guidetohealthcareschools.com/healthcare-school-reviews/american-career-institute
tracy delorey January 11, 2013 at 01:04 AM
I have darted a Facebook page Students of ACI so we can not only stand together as a student body but also share resources. Fell free to search te page on Facebook and join in or friend request me as well. I am trying to share any and everything piece of info or advice I receive
Robert payne January 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM
I look forward to chewing gum in front of Andre Fontaine behind prison walls maybe if she didn't drink a box of wine every night she wouldn't be such a cunt
Paul they know who I am January 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Why is the former COO of this joke of a school(Robert Payne) posting the above blog, and using such descriptive adjectives regarding (CEO/President/Owner) WOW Andree Fontaine?? I would imagine, and hope that he as well as Gordie Mossburger(CFO/Owner) will also be running from "Da Boyz" in prison for a long time(if u get my drift)!!.. See following link.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Career_Institute I finished class there on 8/17/12,, and never got "career placement assistance", or even one FUVKING job lead!! When I confronted the career services director,, she just whipped out a sheet of paper with a highlighted sentence(a well used document, I'm sure).. American Career Institute does not guarentee employment after school. Well, Armando,, you sure the fvck did when you recruited,, I mean bullshited me into signing up!! Maybe,, if they didn't have so many "summer cook outs", among other rediculous misuses of $$ and used it to run the business, they wouldn't be thinking of enjoying themselves in a 4' x 8' room!! nuff said!
Psychedelic Relics January 19, 2013 at 06:04 AM
I went to the Mass school. For two years it was a joke. nothing more than a high school. no instructors half the time. no control in the classroom. old technology, old software, change schedules many times, they only care about the federal and state money paid to them for the unemployed. that was the only reason they were open. they didn't give two s##ts for the students. they should be federally investigated for fraud and misrepresentation and ripping off the students that went there for the last few years.

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