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Pima Medical Institute Gives Former Anamarc College Students Chance at Graduation

Posted: November 26, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker
Former Anamarc College students study in the classroom with a Pima Medical instructor

El Paso, TX (Nov. 26, 2014) – Pima Medical Institute, a leader in post-secondary education that prepares students for in-demand careers as healthcare professionals, has stepped in to help 76 occupational therapy assistant students complete their education after the sudden closure of  Anamarc College.

After closing in late June, Anamarc College students were left without any options. The college, located in El Paso, Texas, closed due to financial difficulties. More than 1,200 students were enrolled at the college’s three campuses.

The occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students returned to class in September. Pima Medical Institute retained Anamarc’s faculty and is teaching the students under the former college’s curriculum. Once they graduate, the students will go on to careers where they will help people with disabilities or injuries manage daily activities so they may maintain independence and quality of life.

“We were in communication with The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education after Anamarc’s closure to see if we would be willing to teach out the students,” said Pima Medical Institute’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Fred Freedman. “Pima Medical Institute saw a good opportunity to help students, and to also open a new campus in El Paso, where healthcare jobs, specifically Occupational Therapy Assistants are in demand. El Paso is a great city with escalating growth in many medical professions."

For former Anamarc College student Brenda Delgado, the closure was very worrisome. She wasn’t sure she’d be able to graduate or make her investment in college worthwhile.

“When it first closed, we were in shock. We’d never heard of anything like this happening. I was thinking of moving to go to a different school,” Delgado said.

Once Pima Medical Institute agreed to do the teach-out, it was a big relief for her and her fellow students.

“It’s a great feeling, knowing we’ll be able to continue. We love the OTA program and we want to help people.”

Delgado, a 28-year-old El Paso native, will graduate in April of 2015.

Students will be able to continue studying with the faculty they’ve come to know and trust, which is an important part of making a smooth transition, said OTA Director Dahlia Castillo.

“We’re so happy Pima has come here. We plan to move forward, look ahead and stay positive. Pima provided new equipment, such as tables, beds and appliances, which we use to train students. It’s a beautiful new building.”

The campus is located at 8375 Burnham Road. Starting in early 2015, Pima Medical Institute will begin enrolling new students into its OTA program. It plans to open a permanent, new campus in El Paso and look into the option of adding new programs in the future. The last cohort of former Anamarc students will graduate in 2016.

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