Students protest after Star Career Academy shuts down

A group of angry students gathered outside the Star Career Academy's Clifton campus Wednesday to demand answers as to why the school suddenly closed.

The adult training school abruptly shut down its locations in Brick, Clifton, Egg Harbor and Newark. The students say they were notified through a text message.

Director Maria Veglia and two staffers walked out flanked by security. They did not speak to the students who were outside, yelling past police.

School officials issued a statement Tuesday, saying that the school could not continue running due to a continued decline in student enrollment and lack of money.

Students say they feel scammed.

Courtney Connolly and Daisy Rouse both work at and attend classes at the Clifton campus of Star Career Academy, studying to be medical assistants. Rouse says that she was nearly finished with her schooling.

"Eight hours for my externship to be done to be a graduate," she says. "They don't send out your certification till you send them a diploma saying you graduated. So I don't know what I'm going do right now."

The school says transcripts are being offered via email, but there was no word on refunds for tuition.

American Institute, another technical school in Clifton, says they will accept credits and allow these students to transfer there if they wish.

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