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Town hall for Dade Medical students to be held Thursday at Shenandoah Middle School

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Dade Medical College students gathered in protest of the sudden closure of the private school on Monday, November 2, 2015.
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Dade Medical College students gathered in protest of the sudden closure of the private school on Monday, November 2, 2015.

Students looking for answers after Dade Medical College shut down late last month are invited to a town hall forum Thursday night.

The event will help provide information to former students concerned about their student loans, the possibility of transferring to other colleges, the likely impact on their prospects for earning a professional license and other problems. State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, is hosting the event Thursday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Shenandoah Middle School auditorium, 1950 SW 19th St., Miami.

Dade Medical abruptly shut the doors of its six campuses at the end of October, leaving roughly 2,000 students around Florida in the lurch. On Monday, the private college’s owner Ernesto Perez pleaded guilty to illegally bundling $159,000 in campaign contributions.

A recent investigation by the Miami Herald, called Higher-Ed Hustle, found that unscrupulous for-profit colleges in Florida took students’ money while offering little in return — all the while donating money to influential lawmakers.

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