LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - School is back in session, but when students arrived for their first day of classes at one local trade school they found the doors locked, lights off, and no sign telling them what was going on. Most students had already paid a down payment or part of their tuition to the Institute of Beauty and Massage, but with little explanation they weren't sure what to do when they arrived this morning.
Lindsey Cox packed her bags and drove from Snyder to attend the Institute of Beauty and Massage in Lubbock. "We showed up at 8:00am this morning, and nobody was there to tell us anything," said Cox. She says several other students were there, just as confused.
The Institute of Beauty and Massage's website has a statement saying they cancelled classes at all their 12 Texas campuses. They have not declared bankruptcy at this time, but Chris Meck, the President of the Institute said, "we are doing our very best to get transcripts and any refunds owed to the students in a timely manner, hopefully this week."
However, Cox says the school never sent her this notice, and she's already signed a yearlong apartment lease.
Luckily, another massage school in town accepted Cox and her classmates. "We are taking all transfer students that are currently enrolled and need to finish up their hours for the state of Texas so they can become licensed massage therapists, and we're also taking the new class," said Beverly Byers with Ocean's Massage Therapy School.
Cox will start class with Ocean's massage school, and will keep trying to get her tuition down payment back from the Institute of Beauty and Massage who says they had to shut down the school because of low enrollment due to the struggling economy.
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