Federal agents raided three American Commercial College locations Wednesday morning.
Agents, acting in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education were seen taking pictures and removing items from Lubbock campus at 2007 34th St and the corporate office on 8206 Vicksburg Ave. A second ACC campus in Abilene was also raided by agents.
Students showed up for school around 8:30 a.m. They were turned away from classes and asked to call back Thursday for more information. A sign on the door says the school is closed until further notice.
ACC has five other locations. The Abilene campus is currently closed and under investigation. The San Angelo, Odessa, Shreveport and Wichita Falls locations are open. The San Angelo location released a statement saying, "There is an investigation and the college is working to fix it as soon as possible."
Right now students say they are shocked and worried. Cecilia Ramirez is enrolled in the medical assistant program at the Lubbock campus. She's months away from graduation.
"It's not only a shock but disheartening as well. Not only for myself but my family to get an education," said Ramirez.
The U.S. Attorney General's office is working the case. They could not comment on the investigation and they told us documents are sealed for now.
Ramirez says students were not given any information. She also said she found it odd that the college had not been accepting new students lately.
"We were told probably not until January," said Ramirez.
She says she was also concerned the college asked her to give them hundreds of dollars to pay toward her student loan.
"We were told we had to pay a certain amount and that money would be transferred over to the loan department on our behalf. It's my knowledge that after school we should submit a type of payment," said Ramirez.
As the investigation unfolds, Ramirez says she will keep studying in hopes that she will finish her degree.
"I'm going to wait and see what we are allowed to do," said Ramirez.
KCBD tried to contact the owners of American Commercial College. They have not returned our calls. Keep watching KCBD NewsChannel 11 for the latest on this investigation.
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