LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Delta Tech's abrupt ending to seeking new accreditation and the canceling of spring commencement left many students upset last week.
Kayla Dargin was looking forward to graduation. She was a straight A-student who never missed class despite working and taking care of her children. So when she found out that graduation was canceled it left her asking why.
"It just makes me feel like we've wasted our time for nothing," said Dargin.
When news broke last week that Delta Tech was choosing to stop seeking accreditation, and on top of that cancel spring commencement, Dargin couldn't believe it.
"It's just a lot that we went through, and to say we're not going to graduate is heartbreaking," said Dargin.
Dargin finished her general studies degree in January, but had been calling the school for the last two months to figure out when exactly graduation would be taking place. When she saw on 7News that it was canceled she called again.
"I was like did they cancel graduation, and she was like well you graduated, you got your degree and I said that doesn't count for anything," she said. "I wanted to walk. We got kids need to see us walk across that stage."
Delta Tech issued a press release stating that on December 12, 2016 the United States Secretary of Education withdrew federal recognition of Delta Tech's accrediting body: The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools or ACICS.
Delta Tech choosing not to seek new accreditation means they will no longer be able to offer federal student aid to students.
7News reached out to Delta Tech's Chief Executive Officer Jeff Edwards. He declined an on camera interview but did agree to answer questions by email.
Edwards said they have notified the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the Louisiana Board of Regents that they would no longer participate in federal aid programs after June 12 of this year.
For Dargin, she's disappointed in how the school has chosen to handle this entire situation.
"They would walk around with a smile on their face talking to all of us when they knew that we wasn't going to graduate... (with a) ceremony, they knew that they were in trouble with the government, that they weren't accredited," she said. "They knew that their budget was low, they knew a lot.
Other students have reached out to 7News with concerns over their degrees saying they can't get answers from the school's Dean of Academics Michelle Edwards. However, we're told by Delta Tech's CEO that Michelle Edwards no longer works there, and in fact, she's now the president of ACICS.
Like others, Dargin's future is on hold right now since most of the universities and schools in the area won't accept her credits, and she's spent most of her financial aid at Delta Tech.
But this entire ordeal does leave her with a warning for anyone looking to go to college.
"Before you check yourself into school, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into," she said. "Make sure you read before you sign, and make sure they are accredited.
Dargin also believes her financial aid was mishandled during her time at the school. She and other students are looking to getting a lawyer to take their case.