Options given for students of closed Oakbridge Academy and Newport Business Institutes

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The 100 or so students affected when the Oakbridge Academy of Art in Lower Burrell and the Newport Business Institutes in Lower Burrell and Williamsport closed suddenly this week can attend four other schools at no additional cost.

The Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators announced today that the Career Training Academy in New Kensington, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Cambria-Rowe College in Indiana and McCann School of Business in Sunbury will offer "teach outs" to Oakbridge and Newport students.

"A teach-out provides for the equitable treatment of students if an institution ceases to operate before all students have completed their program of study," said Richard Dumaresq, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators.

Mr. Dumaresq said federal or state grants provided to the students would follow them to the new school.

Instead of a teach out, students can request tuition reimbursement from the closed schools' surety bond.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will be sending letters to students affected by the closings.

The Oakbridge Academy of Art and the Newport Business Institutes were private, for-profit colleges. The schools offered associates and diploma degrees.

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