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Senator takes action to help students after school closed unexpectedly

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told Eyewitness News that he is now taking action after an occupational school closed over holiday break without giving students any notice.

The Sawyer School in Hartford and Hamden, along with the Butler Business School in Bridgeport closed over the weekend without notice, which left students that paid tuition scrambling and teachers without jobs.

"We have kids. We have families that we need to support," said Samantha Garcia, who is a former student at the Sawyer School in Hartford. "And we actually went back to school for an education and further our future."

Garcia attended Sawyer School for 11 months and was just two months from completing the medical program. Garcia was one of about 1,200 students who attended the schools.

Students and teachers from Sawyer School campuses around the state rallied Wednesday morning at the Hartford campus.

Eyewitness News tried to contact someone at the Sawyer School in Hartford and Hamden as well as the Butler Business School in Bridgeport. Even though the school's website is down, it states it's under construction.

According to the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, a school is required to give a 60-day notice if it's closing.

The state told Eyewitness News Wednesday that it was blindsided too, only receiving a brief email on Sunday.

Garcia wants to know why, and she also just wants to finish up the program she paid for.

"A lot of us, especially our friends, were working and have jobs and have kids and are running around and were very exhausted," Garcia said. "And we're at the point, they wanted to give up. But, they didn't and for this to happen, it's just sad."

Officials at the State of Connecticut's Office of Higher Education are working with schools, colleges and other training providers to help students complete their studies.

Students may also be eligible to receive federal loans, according to officials at the State of Connecticut's Office of Higher Education.

Copies of students' transcripts will be available to them at some point, officials at the State of Connecticut's Office of Higher Education said.

The State of Connecticut's Office of Higher Education is urging students impacted by the school closures to call the Education & Employment Information Center at 1-800-842-0229 or email edinfo@ctohe.org.

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