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Colorado Tech University closing Sioux Falls campus

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Students already enrolled at Colorado Tech University will be able to continue their studies.

But future students will have to look somewhere else.

And the future is what concerns students at Colorado Tech University.

The school sent out a letter to students yesterday letting them know the Sioux Falls campus will close.

Some students seemed surprised by the news.

Colorado Tech University student Billi Jean Moerman said she's not mad but sad.

"Heartbreak, it's so sad. This is my home away from home. I love this place. The teachers are so good," Moerman said.

The idea of your college campus shutting down is unbelievable to Moerman.

"At first, I was just in shock. They asked if we had any questions. I just couldn't believe it. But now, I just want to go around hugging everybody," Moerman said.

Sioux Falls campus president David Heflin, Ed.D, says the teach-out means the school is closed to future students

"We're not taking any adult enrollments but we're certainly taking care of our existing students who are currently with us," Heflin said.

But Heflin says the school is focused on its students' academic future.

"We have a very good rapport with our students. we've been very transparent throughout the process. I think they trust out commitment to meet their educational needs. It's been very positive but there is concern," Heflin said.

And to help calm fears, Heflin met face-to-face with students to break the news.

"The students who are here will have a reasonable opportunity to continue in the program of study until they graduate. Our primary focus now is on taking care of those students," Heflin said.

Moerman has only two years left to graduate but wishes she had more.

Billi Jean Moerman: "I have about two more years left, approximately. I want to kind of drag it out through until they close. I'll down with the ship."

There's no other school like Colorado Tech for Moerman.

"The saddest thing is I've tried out other schools. I've got my foot in the door in other schools and I haven't quite fit in to any other place. So I'm hoping to finish up my nursing career after I'm done here. It won't be like CTU. nothing will be like CTU," Moerman said.

Heflin tells us they have had some layoffs and some teachers may decide to leave.

He says less and less teachers will be needed as the current freshman class moves through to their senior year.

After that class graduates, the Sioux Falls campus will close for good in 2016.

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