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PROVIDENCE â€” The sudden closing of the privately-operated Sawyer School has left almost 300 students in limbo, but state education officials say they are trying to arrange help.
According to several news sources, the post-secondary trade and technical school located at 550 Hartford Ave. in Providence was closed as of Tuesday. Some students told the media they had arrived for classes and found the building shuttered while others said they had received a brief notice telling them classes had been â€śpermanently suspended.â€ť
The school's Pawtucket branch, a fixture at 101 Main St. in the downtown for many years, had closed abruptly in November and students had been sent to the Providence location.
Michael Trainor, special assistant to the Rhode Island Commissioner of Higher Education, said it is the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education that allows such proprietary private schools as The Sawyer School to operate.
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