Students react to Virginia College closing

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It was an emotional day for many Virginia College students in the wake of the news that their school is unexpectedly closing.

On Wednesday, the National Forprofit College chain, which owns Virginia College, announced it would be closing the schools doors before the semester ends.

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Students gathered their things and attempted to retrieve their transcripts at the college today. Many students told News 25 that they were heartbroken over the sudden closure of the school. On the college’s website, they posted a statement saying they will have more information on or around December 17th.

Student Oleesia Puryear said, “We are dedicated. We are ‘A+’ students. We are trying to do everything that we can and then all of a sudden, it’s like you can’t graduate. So, now we have to start over. Where do we go from here? That is the big concern, where are we going from this point? What are we going to do? We didn’t have an option.”

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is reaching out a helping hand to Virginia College students in the aftermath of the institution closing.



Students are invited to attend a Virginia College outreach and assistance session to get them back on track to receiving a degree or certification.

The session will be held at MGCCC’s advanced manufacturing and technology center in Gulfport on Thursday December 13th, beginning at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

Individuals can register for the session here.