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Students Stumped By Sudden Closure Of Local College

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- It was like any other normal day at school for students at the Oakbridge Academy of Arts in Lower Burrell.

That is, until students returned from lunch to find their teacher crying.

The class was told to leave immediately because the school was shutting down.

There was no other explanation.

Students tell KDKA the enrollment at the arts school is at least 30. The parent company also owns a business school and another building.

Letters were sent home with all students.

Co-Owner Michelle Mullen says in the letter that she is "heartbroken" and willing to work with students on their transitions.

Kristie Scott's daughter, Kylee, received a scholarship to attend Oakbridge for visual design.

She told KDKA's Kym Gable, "This is ridiculous. According to this letter, they obviously knew this was happening. They're (the students) all adults. They deserve to know. They're the reason for that school in the first place."

Student Jacquelyn Barker said, "It feels like somebody died. There's crying and then questions that aren't being answered. We're victims of irresponsible, poor planning."

Oakbridge has two-year associate programs at their schools. Calls to Oakbridge were not immediately returned.

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