TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Students at the Regency Beauty Institute are concerned about what to do next after their school shuttered overnight.
“I was just thinking this has to be false, this is a hoax,” said Jody Wilson.
And she wasn’t alone. Several students told KSNT News they received automated phone calls telling them the school was closing and that they needed to collect their things on Thursday or Friday afternoon.
“I didn’t want to believe it was real,” said Kylie Wallace.
“I was like, this is not real,” said Kennedy Brown after she carried her things to her car. “This can’t be happening.”
About 50 students were enrolled and several people posted on Twitter that the school had been giving tours to perspective students earlier in the week.
Wilson said the teachers and staff at Regency didn’t even know about the closing until yesterday.
“Seeing everybody out here, bringing their stuff out and the tears, it was really heartbreaking,” Wallace said standing in the parking lot near S.W. 17th and Wanamaker.
Some students were weeks away from graduating and now have to puzzle out where to go and if they will need any more classes at the new schools.
“I’m probably 80 percent sure going to Manhattan, to make the hour drive every day.” said Athena Pierce.
Wilson and Wallace said they are looking at Z Hair Academy in Lawrence.
But there is a local option, something Brown is interested in.
Washburn Technical Institute recently opened a cosmetology school and Jerry Farley, the president at Washburn University, said it is open to Regency students.
“We would like to be able to help those students,” he said. “We’re not going to be there where there is padlock on the door.”
According to Farley, his program is about $7,000 which is about a third less than Regency.