Students of Anthem College Las Vegas face uncertain future


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Students of Anthem College Las Vegas face uncertain future

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Aug 27, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Students at Anthem College in Las Vegas are facing an uncertain future.

A college spokesperson tells Action News the local campus on Rancho Drive near Sahara Avenue could soon close, but it's not a done deal. 

Court records show Anthem's holdings company, Education Training Corporation, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware on Monday.

The filing has spurred plenty of rumors and left students with plenty of questions.

"I have no idea if I'm going to be able to graduate," said Monique Parker, who is seeking certification as a pharmacy technician.

Parker started classes in February and needs an externship to finish her schooling. Now, she's doesn't know what will happen next. A parent of another student emailed Action News with similar concerns.

We reached out to Anthem College. A spokesperson sent the following emailed statement: 

"Our foremost goal has always been the well-being of our students. We remain hopeful that we will be able to complete our proposed sale of an additional 14 schools to International Education Corporation (IEC) through our Chapter 11 process. 9 of these 14 schools will be closed if we do not receive Department of Education approval for the transaction by Friday, August 29th.  This is why we are concurrently working hard to safeguard our students’ education should we be forced to close the schools by actively seeking potential partners who would be willing to participate in an orderly ‘teach out’ or transfer process."

The spokesperson said the Las Vegas campus would need approval from the Department of Education. 

The Las Vegas location was founded in 2002 and offers career-focused training in the health care field, according to the school's website. It's unclear how many students are enrolled at the local location.

"It's hard to find time to do this and now we find out that it may all have been for naught," said Parker, who estimates she's spent about $15,000 on her education.

But that's uncertain. A spokesperson told Action News that the future of the local campus is still up in the air and we should know more by Friday.