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Spokane's Interface College closes its doors

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Spokane's Interface College is closing for good. Spokane's Interface College is closing for good.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Students at Interface College in Spokane are scrambling to figure out their next move after getting word that the school is closing its doors for good.  The technical college has been an alternative choice for students who are looking for specialized education to land them a job, and now it will be no more. 

"It's the end of an era," says Interface President, Walt Leathers.  "It's a bad situation for everybody, nobody's happy." 

Leathers says the decision to close the school was out of their hands.  The college has to meet a financial stability standard by the Department of Education and they haven't been able to do that. 

"Over the last 3 years we've really struggled with enrollment as it's continued to go down, and down and down," says Leathers.  "Any student I enroll today, there's a real chance they wouldn't be able to finish, so that's not fair to them."    

As of September 21st, the college stopped enrollment.  Now they're focusing on helping current students decide what to do from here.   

"Our students are family. We're in this together, and they had a goal when they came here," Leathers tells KHQ.   

The students have three options.  They can finish out the current semester, which for some of them will complete their degree or certification.  Students can also transfer.  Carrington College will be accommodating any student transferring for one of the medical programs and Interface is working with other area schools to set up transfer relationships, or they can apply for loan forgiveness

For many students though, it's a sad situation to have to leave Interface. 

"They were the school that was the most receptive to me," says Alyss Garcia, who is studying Office Administration and planning to minor in IT.  "They told me they can work with everything I've been struggling with," says Garcia. 

She'll be about halfway through her program when the school closes, so for now Garcia will put her education on hold.  "It's really difficult."

Blake Willis, a Computer Applications and Technical Support student says he'll have to look for work right away.  "I stopped working so I could go to school," says Willis. 

President Leathers acknowledges that the community has always been very supportive of Interface and says there is a way for them to help the school once more.  "We have lots of qualified graduates in medical, computer and support, in web design, even office administration.  They need their first job or next step." 

If employers have jobs in those fields, call the school and the staff will help to get students and employers connected. 

"We could turn this bad situation into a good one for an awful lot of people with just a little bit of help," says Leathers.  "For us the end destination has always been the job."

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