SPOKANE, Wash.--Employees of a Spokane nursing school that closed in early January said they are victims. Former CNA Schools Northwest employees said they were not aware they were going to lose their jobs.
One student had to get his money back after CNA Schools Northwest closed just days after he registered. One of the teachers said she also did not know the school was closing until they asked state leaders.
“I had had my own nursing assistants’ school in Colorado so I knew what was required and they had what was required,” said former school instructor Joy Shaw.
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Shaw was an instructor at CNA Schools Northwest and loved working with her students. She said everything was fine at the school until the end of September.
"When my paychecks started bouncing, my inner voice said, 'Joy, you need to quit' before they start owing you money,” said Shaw.
She said she stayed with the school until it closed to be with her students.
"But I love, I love teaching, I love teaching, I love giving knowledge to students, I love watching their eyes light up as they learn something,” said Shaw.
The owners sent KREM 2 News a Facebook message that read, "While we did close our doors, we did so voluntarily before any state agency required anything. All students have been refunded and are in the process with the Work Force Training Board to be reimbursed."
"I think they're really trying to avoid being held accountable for what's occurred,” said Shaw.
Staff with the Workforce Training Board said the school was suspended for financial issues. The agency does have a fund that can help students get their money back.
There was also an issue of a sign outside the school that read, “Call me in France.”
Students and staff said it was insulting. The owner defended it.
“The big deal made out of the reader board was just that. It was an attempt by my husband to bring a smile to my face and nothing more. We obviously are not in France,” the owner wrote.
Staff said they are focused on working together to get their money back.
"This is not right, this is not right. When people work, they expect to be paid,” said Shaw.
The owners did not comment on staff paychecks but said the school had one of the highest test rates in the state and worked with families to help them get through the nursing assistants program.