SAN ANTONIO -- Nursing students affected by the Career Point College closure have started a crowdfunding page for their pinning ceremony.
The ceremony is a tradition for new graduates to celebrate becoming a nurse.
Marina Williams and her friends had one week left to complete their program and receive their licenses when Career Point College announced it was shutting down. Williams said like many of her classmates, she has dedicated months of studying and thousands of dollars to become a nurse.
She said despite Career Point's shut down, she would still like to celebrate with her family and classmates.
Williams is hoping to raise $3,000 to hold a graduation ceremony. She would like to rent a venue, set up a stage and rent chairs.
"I have family flying in from the east coast that's supposed to pin me on, like my godmother and she's the reason I became a nurse. So for us to not have that ceremony, is devastating. It's heartbreaking," said Williams.
On Sunday, notices were sent to students by Larry Earle, president and CEO of Career Point College. He said in that three employees violated rules related to student aid funds and the college's plan to repay funds to the Department of Education was denied. He said the Department of Education restricted funding to the college and the college was forced to shut down.
If you'd like to help Williams and her classmates, you can visit their GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/CPCwen23graduation.