BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The parking lot empty and the doors locked, the Virginia College closure leaves students like Michelle Johnson wondering what’s next.
“I just have to take it one step at a time to see what I can do to start over,” Johnson said.
Johnson is the mother of a baby less than a year old and had her sights set on becoming a medical assistant. She thought she would accomplish her goal later this month when she was scheduled to complete the program.
“I was pregnant with my daughter and wanted to give her something better and do something better with my life, so I signed up when I was about seven months pregnant," she said.
Johnson is now exploring other options at Blue Cliff College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, but she doesn’t expect the process to be easy.
“We have to give them our transcripts and see what credits they’ll take, go through the financial aid process, and a lot of us have to do the loan forgiveness program so we don’t have to pay all that money for something we didn’t get our degree for," she said.
Despite the setback, Johnson still has her sights set on completing what she started and reaching for even bigger goals.
“I’d like to go into nursing when my daughter gets older. I just like to help people and that’s the best way I thought I could do it," she said.
Chris' Beauty College and MGCCC are offering help to students affected by Virginia College’s closure. For more information, click here.