Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts

Sept. 24, 2014: URGENT NOTICE FROM CAMTC – Download and Print Original Letter Here.

This letter from CAMTC is unprecedented, and was not even sent to Twin Lakes College, but to a student who forwarded it to us.

CAMTC has received communication from some students in relation to education that they completed at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts (“Twin Lakes”) during the time that the school was BPPE approved (December 31, 2012 and before). After considering the matter fully, CAMTC has decided to institute a short grace period for those students that completed education at Twin Lakes during the time that it was BPPE approved, yet whose applications were received during the time that the school was no longer BPPE approved.

The grace period CAMTC is instituting works this way: For applicants who have already submitted their applications to CAMTC, or who submit their applications for certification to CAMTC within 90 days of the posting of the announcement on the website (by or before December 15, 2014), AND who have completed education at Twin Lakes during the time it was BPPE approved, (education must be completed on or before December 31, 2012), CAMTC will accept that education for the purposes of CAMTC certification. Please note that this grace period is only for 90 days, and is based on the date that the application is RECEIVED at CAMTC. Applicants whose applications are received by CAMTC on or after December 16, 2014 with education from Twin Lakes will be told that CAMTC cannot accept that education for certification purposes, and that they have one year to obtain additional education or their applications will be purged.

Please also note, CAMTC CANNOT accept education completed during the time that Twin Lakes was not BPPE approved (education received on or after January 1, 2013). CAMTC has no legal authority to accept education that was provided during the time that Twin Lakes did not have BPPE approval.





RIP
Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts

April 1982 to July 1, 2014

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The past weeks have been a series of heartbreaking challenges.
It is with deep sadness and grief that I write this statement.

Over the past 32 years Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts has had the unique opportunity to serve our students and community with integrity, respect, professionalism and quality education.

Our years of volunteer outreach programs have brought needed healthy touch to members of our community and beyond.

The principles of the “Client Centered Approach” have been carefully woven through all of our programs and classes teaching us how to really listen.

Through all of these changes and transitions, it is clear that all of our collective efforts for 30+ years have touched lives in ways that have been deeply transformative in a positive way.

For that I will be forever grateful and will hold close to my heart.
— Amber White

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The California Massage Therapy Council’s (CAMTC) Director of Governmental Affairs has said despite the last minute amendments to AB 1147, being approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is required.

Due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances beyond our control, our 30+ year BPPE approval expired on 12/31/12.

We were direct and proactive in our communications with all state agencies and boards informing them of our intentions. We were finally able to submit our package and fee to the BPPE in late 2013. We were advised that approval would be retroactive if received in 2013.

Finally, after months, many emails and a lot of work, we received the ‘official’ letter of denial and deficiency June 1, 2014. Deficiencies can usually be repaired or brought into compliance. That is not the case for TLC.

In the letter from the BPPE, one of the main obstacles/deficiencies was related to financial asset to liability ratio percentages. Unfortunately, our 2013 bank account reserves were not at acceptable levels for BPPE approval.

As a non–profit corporation, fully funded by student tuition, we have seen tough financial times before and had every reason to be optimistic for the future.

Sadly, this statement from the CAMTC speaks to the reality of current law:
“There are many people who care about small independent vocational schools. Certainly many of your past graduates care about your school, and I know plenty of long time massage therapists (including myself) who regret seeing the corporate schools and franchises seeming to take over the industry.”

It feels like TLC was swallowed.

What You Need to Know

The current legislation is for Massage Therapy only.

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Transcripts will begin being mailed out on July 7, 2014 and hopefully done by mid. August. Thank you for your patience.

Massage Therapy Programs:
The following information will give you a timeline and what to expect from the school’s closure.

1) If you graduated or have taken continuing education classes at TLC since 2009, we have your file.

You will receive your transcripts in ample time to complete the CAMTC application before the end of the year.

You will be mailed an official transcript of your completed hours to the last known address. We will also mail one to the California Massage Therapy Council for verification of an application if you choose to become voluntarily certified. If your address has changed please email info@twinlakescollege.org and leave your current contact information.

Transcripts will begin being mailed out on July 7, 2014 and hopefully done by mid. August. Thank you for your patience.

2) If you graduated before 2009 and have not taken any classes at TLC or been in contact with the office, we don’t have your records.

TLC is only required to keep records for 5 years. We have been diligently training students for over 20 years to KEEP EVERYTHING!

Visit CAMTC.org for information on how to apply without a transcript.

3) If you have requested a transcript in the past, we may have it.

If you have requested and received an official transcript anytime in the past, contact the school via email info@twinlakescollege.org and leave your contact information, dates of enrollment and classes taken.

Other TLC Program information

Transcript protocol is the same as for massage students..

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Hypnotherapy Programs:
Transcript protocol is the same as for massage students.

This legislation does not affect a Hypnotherapy graduate from practicing professionally.

The current laws in California do not have a specific code for the job title of Hypnotist, Hypnosis Practitioner or Hypnotherapist. It is unregulated.

BirthWise Doula Programs:
Transcript protocol is the same as for massage students.

1) This legislation does not affect a Birthwise Doula graduate from practicing professionally.

The current laws in California do not have a specific code for the job title of Hypnotist, Hypnosis Practitioner or Hypnotherapist. It is unregulated.

2) Please contact the school via email info@twinlakescollege.org and leave your contact information. We may be able to return your paperwork.

The current laws in California do not have a specific code for the job title of Doula. Check your local laws.

Essential Oils Therapy Programs:
Transcript protocol is the same as for massage students.

This legislation does not affect an Essential Oils Therapy graduate from practicing professionally.

The current laws in California do not have a specific code for the job title of Aromatherapy Practitioner or Aromatherapist. Check your local laws.

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Money Matters

TLC operates as a Non Profit Corporation 501c(3) and is financially barren.

Many of us have regrettably incurred financial losses from this abrupt closure.

As a non–profit corporation, we do not have an owner. The school does not have funds or assets to disperse and bankruptcy is pending.

The BPPE may be of some assistance in tuition recovery. Unfortunately, TLC was not eligible for the ‘resolution’ suggestions offered by the BPPE. Contact BPPE.CA.gov for more information.

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What Happened?

The events that led to this sudden closure were unavoidable and distressing. Late 2008 – 2011 included a very long tale of disruptions, discouragement and dread. Within a short period of time these events unrelated to our business began to unfold. First the street directly in front of our doors where we were previously located was blocked off totally from car/bus traffic due to an emergency sewer system failure and the repairs. The school had a binding lease and was offered no relief by the owner.

The economic recession was felt. Fewer students enrolled due to the crunch and the schools expenses climbed. It had been our stable and suitable business location since May 1986 but the challenges with rent rising each Jan. 1, while the economy was languishing became too problematic.

In 2010 the previous landlord went into foreclosure, for the final time. This threat had been looming over us since 2008. Agents and lookers were coming by and wanted to have a tour of the school building during our business day and the school was not in a position to do otherwise than co–operate.

Finding a new location became an immediate need. The school formed a committee of teachers, staff and student volunteers who spent hours looking at properties all over Santa Cruz. This process was a monumental task after having been in the same building for 28 years.

This period of time resulted in some other unexpected losses. Several primary instructors gave very short notice and moved out of state with their families for a variety of reasons. We also received several resignations from long standing faculty members that were irreplaceable. The school made a big effort and invested much time and energy finding replacements and training them.

This period of time resulted in some other unexpected losses. Several primary instructors gave very short notice and moved out of state with their families for a variety of reasons. We also received several resignations from long standing faculty members that were irreplaceable. The school made a big effort and invested much time and energy finding replacements and training them.

Hurrah! The school finally was fortunate to find the current location and make a move in early 2011. There were enormous and unpredictable expenses that resulted from such a giant move.

The transition time of this big move took about 2 months. We were experiencing all of the growing pains that come with moving. Major physical plant changes involving building and construction, painting, carpeting, etc.

Finally in Spring 2012 the dust began to settle.

Although our finances had not yet recovered from the first move, the next event happily added to the growing pains. The landlord that we shared the building with decided to retire and offered us the entire space beginning in 2013. The timing was not our choice or ideal but we were feeling very fortunate to have a larger space to accommodate new classes and activities.

Once again we were moving, the school”s regular programs were delayed/disrupted for safety reasons and there were major physical plant changes involving building and construction, painting, carpeting, etc.

We settled into our new space and were ready for a bright 2013.

It was during this time through all of the dust and changes, the school unfortunately and regrettably was unable to afford the large re approval fee and comply in a timely manner for re–approval status with the Bureau. There had been no state legislation for the previous 3 years.

When it became apparent we would not make the deadline, we notified CAMTC, BPPE and NCBTMB of our circumstance.

We worked very hard to have the application submitted before the end of 2013 as we were approved until 12/31/2012. We were working in good faith and a 30+ year history of timely approvals and reports. Closing TLC was not even an idea or option at that point knowing our application was in process.

The horizon was looking bright with many positive signs and pay–offs for the efforts. It may be that our patience, determination, keeping hope alive and continuing to serve our students and community to the best of our ability felt like it was moving us in a very positive direction forward.

And, here we are today.

RIP
Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts

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April 1982 to July 1, 2014