Sudden nationwide school closing includes three Memphis-area campuses

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Vatterott College closed nationwide Monday, and that included three campuses in the Memphis area.

Letters posted to the doors at two Vatterott campuses in Memphis, and the L’Ecole Culinaire campus in the city, outlined the sudden and unexpected closures.

The company said the “changing economic landscapes” is the main reason for the abrupt closure.

Student Levi Williams said he found out about the closure when he showed up for class Tuesday morning.

“To find out this happened, they shut down without letting us know, it’s heartbreaking,” he said. “Vatterott, you let us down.”

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School officials issued a letter to students that outlined the closures.

According to the letter, Vatterott had an agreement in place with another buyer, but the U.S. Department of Education increased the “restrictions on Vatterott’s participation in the federal financial aid programs.”

Williams said he feels betrayed. He said he wishes the school would have notified students in advance.

“All I know, I went to class yesterday, took a test, passed it, got graded, checked my scores last night this morning, and never got an email saying college is going to be closed” Williams said.

The school said they are working to identify other schools that could take on transfers, so that those who haven’t yet graduated will have the opportunity to complete their program.

To read the full letter to students, click here.

A community college is stepping in to help the Vatterott students who were shocked to find the campus doors locked on Monday.

Southwest Tennessee Community College will host an informational meeting on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

The college is opening its campus to help students continue their education.

The meeting will be at the Bornblum Library Auditorium on the Macon Grove campus.

More information on the available opportunities will be explained at the meeting.