Denver students demand answers after Heritage College shuts down

Posted at 8:54 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 00:59:46-04

DENVER – The for-profit school Heritage College abruptly shut its doors Tuesday, leaving several Denver students in limbo.

The school operated 10 campuses in several states, including the Denver location at 4704 Harlan Street.

Several students were outside the Denver campus Tuesday evening demanding answers.

Rosa Purciaga just wants a better life for her and her daughter. She was proud to be a Heritage College student with just two months until graduation.

“We’re trying to pursue a career finally and be somebody, and they just close down without letting us know,” said Purciaga.

She and other students are panicking with no idea what comes next.

The school specializes in medical tech, but abruptly closed Tuesday saying it had no money to keep the doors open.

Taylor Diamond just paid almost $15,000 cash for tuition and has her receipt to prove it.

Now she fears it’s gone.

“That was all the money I had. It was invested in me before I was born. But that’s really all I had,” said Diamond.

Emotional students rushed the school clinic and administrative offices, worried about their confidential personal files inside.

The file room was unlocked earlier Tuesday, but a student told Denver7 they’ve locked the door since.

Heritage hasn’t returned Denver 7’s request for comment, but students gathering at the empty school say they deserve answers.

“We put in a lot of work, hours, and it just feels like everything we did is gone. All the time we put in is gone,” said Sandra Ganot.

Teachers say they haven’t been paid for weeks.

One staff members had to cancel their child’s birthday party because of the sudden layoff, and Tuesday’s move takes food off the table and puts some in a really bad spot.


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