Students concerned about credits earned at now-defunct Heritage College offered options elsewhere

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There is some potential good news for students left high and dry after Heritage College unexpectedly close its doors. Students may get the chance to redeem their credits, and make sure their hard work isn`t lost.

Pinnacle Career Institute, just seven minutes away from Heritage, is offering them a fresh option.

"I know what they`re feeling. They`re lost and their wondering if all the time they put into it is wasted, and all I can say is it`s not," said Matt Killday, president and CEO of Pinnacle Career Institute or PCI.

Killday is offering frustrated students the chance to finish their programs at PCI.

"For all of the students, at least in programs that we offer, we would love to sit down with them and talk to them about what their options are,” said Killday.

His offer also extends to Heritage students who are not in programs that PCI offers, saying he believes he can help all of the displaced students in some way.

“Whether we can help or not, we can evaluate transcripts. We can help them meet with our financial aid folks to help them sort of decipher where they sit and give them a path to finish what they started,” said Killday.

PCI’s two-fold plan also includes a corporate partnership, where companies will let students take part in short-course training programs. PCI already has a partnership program with some local Massage Envy franchises, where Massage Envy pays for the tuition of massage therapy students who will work for them after graduation.

"We think we`re in a position to help them better than anyone else right now in conjunction with the local schools,” said Jim Mellon, CEO and owner of Massage Envy at Deer Creek.

Mellon says he`s just as blindsided as the students by the closure of Heritage College .

“I had spoken to a class of massage therapists at their school while they were in class during the day, just talking about the business side of things. There was no indication there was a problem,” said Mellon.

WellSpring School of Allied Health is looking to help displaced students as well. Affected students may submit questions, transcripts, and certificates of course completion to the following email addresses: heritagestudents@pcitraining.edu, which will connect you with PCI. You may also contact Massage Envy at memttkc@gmail.com, or call (913) 735-9399. You may also contact: wellspringinfo@wellspring.edu.