Pioneer Pacific College to close Springfield campus for good

In an email sent to students, school officials told students they cannot reopen because the current conditions under COVID-19 make it nearly impossible to operate a vocational school.

Posted: Jul 2, 2020 11:35 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2020 10:46 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Pioneer Pacific College in Springfield announced Thursday afternoon that it will be closing its doors permanently.

In an email sent to students, school officials told students they cannot reopen because the current conditions under COVID-19 make it nearly impossible to operate a vocational school.

The email continues saying, "The risks to both students and employees are just too great to continue. Furthermore, waiting until the pandemic passes or a vaccine becomes available is also not possible for a small college with limited resources. "

Pioneer Pacific College's Springfield campus trains students to work in the medical field. For example, students can graduate trained in nursing.

Kaylee Gribling was almost done with her program but Thursday's announcement may set her back.

"It feels like they don't care," Gribling said. "They said OK done, bye, good luck and that was it and it feels really awful."

Gribling said she is hoping her credits transfer to other schools but Pioneer Pacific warned her when she enrolled many of their credits do not. She is also hoping her financial aid is waived as well.

Pioneer Pacific College also has a campus in Portland and Beaverton but it is not known if those campuses will remain open. KEZI did reach out to Pioneer Pacific College for comment but we have not heard back at this time.

This is a developing story.

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