Ridley-Lowell Institute Closes In Poughkeepsie


UPDATE 2:19pm

Many students were shocked to learn that their classes were permanently cancelled at the Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute in Poughkeepsie.

Without notice Wednesday the Institute closed all of its schools, and classes were cancelled effective immediately.  That leaves hundreds of students wondering what is next as many pre-paid thousands of dollars for their education.  Ridley-Lowell has operated its Trade School Campus on South Hamilton Street and a Cosmetology Clinic on Main Street in Poughkeepsie. 

Below is a quote from a statement issued by Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

“The sudden closure of Ridley Lowell, apparently without notice to its students, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders is very unfortunate,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

“The City of Poughkeepsie has begun conversations within our community in an effort to provide help and assistance to effected students at this time. We have had discussions with the NYS Department of Education Bureau of Proprietary Services. They have advised us to have students fill out the Complaint form available at City Hall in the City Chamberlains office and online at www.accis.nysed.gov/bpss. Any completed forms dropped off at City Hall will be submitted to the NYS Department of Education.”


ORIGINAL STORY

A post on the Facebook page of Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute in Poughkeepsie says they are permanently closing effective immediately. 

Ridley-Lowell has operated its Trade School Campus on South Hamilton Street and a Cosmetology Clinic on Main Street in Poughkeepsie.  Midhudsonnews.com reports the Facebook post says the school faced severe financial and operational challenges over the last year, after the U.S. Department of Education withdrew recognition of its accreditor, ACICS.

See the full story here:  http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2018/April/04/RidleyLowell_closes-04Apr18.htm.

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