DES MOINES, Iowa — The announcement that AIB will be ending its athletic programs in the spring of 2015 and graduating its final class in June of 2016 isn’t only difficult on the students currently attending the school.
Des Moines Public Schools is a major feeder to AIB with Roosevelt counselor, Ryan Williamson and North High School counselor, Kimber Foshe reporting sending 3-10 students to the college each year.
“It was right in our backyard. It was a great institution. It had a lot of promise. It was growing each year,” Williamson told Channel 13 News.
“It had a reputation for business. They’re also great at creating diploma programs certificates for high interest areas like social media,” said Foshe.
Dawn Gallardo, a senior at North High School was told she had a spot on the softball team. She learned otherwise not from AIB, but from watching the news.
“I thought they were fine and I was going to be able to go there,” said Gallardo.
Gunyanee Xayyarath hoped to study accounting there.
“The guy at the booth told me about the programs they had and I was interested so I applied there. The next thing I know, I hear about AIB on the news,” Xayyarath told Channel 13 News.
The bad news is that both will have to look for other schools and ways to pay tuition.
Gallardo and Xayyarath say they had both hoped to take advantage of scholarship money they hope will follow them to their second choices.
“I’ll be going to DMACC,” said Xayyarath.
“I will hopefully set up a lot of visits and find another school that’s really good with business,” Gallardo told Channel 13 News.
Williamson and Foshe both say it’s not too late for students to find the right school.
All DMPS students are encouraged to send in financial aid forms to at least three colleges.