Students, instructors face uncertain future after technical school closure

West Bay

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Students and instructors of the Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute are trying to figure out their next steps after the school abruptly closed last week.

The closure left students, like Julienne DelNero, scrambling.

“I just spent a year, almost 600 hours to educate myself, to be able to provide for my family,” DelNero said. “The other thought was, how can this be possible?”

DelNero was one of those who attended a school fair Thursday, hosted by the Office of Post-Secondary Education Commissioner. Former Ridley-Lowell students had the chance to talk to financial advisors to see if their credits will transfer to other schools.

“We’re scrambling to try and find someone who’s going to our accreditation, if they’re even willing to take our accreditation,” DelNero said. “You know, we’re sitting on loan money, federal loan money, without the job-obtaining at the end. The problem is, it’s going to go nowhere. It’s sad. It’s wrong.”

DelNero enrolled at the school last May and was set to get her certification in massage therapy in August. But now, her future, and the future of fellow students, is unclear.

“Just to be able to find the right place,” DelNero said. “I thought I had found the right place, clearly I was wrong.”

The Post-Secondary Education Commissioner told Eyewitness News it is up to the individual schools whether or not they will accept the students transfer credits from Ridley-Lowell.

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