More than 30 years after it opened, the Antonelli Medical & Professional Institute in Lower Pottsgrove Township will close by the end of December, leaving students scrambling to find a school where they can finish their training.
The school at 1700 Industrial Blvd. offers day and evening classes for medical assistants, medical secretaries, nurses’ aides and barbers, writes Wendy Solomon on www.lvb.com
Owner Edward Gillespi, who lives in Florida, told the staff on Monday the school would close this month, said Robin Marinari, student services director, externship coordinator and instructor.
Marinari said they were not told the reason the school was closing.
“I’m assuming there is a lack of funding, lack of enrollment.”
About 20 students are enrolled in the school, down from about 90 a few years ago, she said.
The students are taking news of the school’s closure “as expected,” said Marinari, who has taught at the school for four and a half years.
“They’re shocked, they’re angry, they’re surprised and confused.”
The staff hopes the students can transfer to area technical schools or community colleges.
“Our goal is to make sure the students have a place to go,” Marinari said.
Day classes and barber classes ended Monday. Night classes will continue until Dec. 18 or Dec. 19.
“Our last day is when we’re told not to come back,” Marinari said.
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