FLINT TWP. — For the second time in a month, a local specialty training schools has permanently closed without warning, leaving its students stranded.
On Wednesday, September 28, Regency Beauty Institute closed all 79 of its campuses nationwide, including the one at 4205 Miller Road.
Students arrived Thursday morning to find themselves locked out and a notice posted giving the hours they would be let in to retrieve their belongings.
“This is incredibly difficult news for everyone affected: especially our students, teachers, and staff,” school officials said in an announcement posted on its web site. “We recognize that some of you may be finding this out for the first time by reading this. We are truly sorry for the abrupt nature of this information. How did this happen? In short, the organization does not have the cash to continue to run the business. There are multiple intertwined reasons: declining numbers of cosmetology students nationwide, a negative characterization of for-profit education by regulators and politicians that continues to worsen and, in light of these factors, an inability to obtain continued financing.”
The notice further stated that options were “diligently explored” before the decision was made to close.
The notice also included info for students on how to obtain transcripts and complete their training at another accredited school. About 14 students were reportedly enrolled at the Flint site.
“Regency will be working closely with its accreditor (NACCAS) and the state boards to secure agreements with accredited schools close to each closed campus to “teach out” Regency’s students,” the notice stated. “If you enroll in a school that has entered into one of these “teach out” agreements, the cost to complete your program is typically lower than under a standard transfer agreement. You are, however, absolutely free to apply as a transfer student to any cosmetology school of your choosing. It is important that you understand that any transfer arrangements will be decided by each school.”
A second notice posted on the door of the closed Miller Road school contains an offer to apply at Bayshire Academy of Bay City.
“We at Bayshire Beauty Academy are one of the oldest academies in the state and would like to offer a free to finish program at our Saginaw or Standish campuses,” the notice stated.
“You would be required to pay a $500 registration fee and tuition would be free for the remaining hours you have left to finish to complete your training.” Interested students were directed to www.bayshirebeautyacademy.edu for more details.
Transitions School of Cosmetology at Mott Community College also reached out to students via Facebook. Carol Nielsen, Cosmetology Program Coordinator, said the MCC program has room to accommodate all 14 displaced Regency students.