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Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:39 p.m.

Wyotech parent company Corinthian Colleges failed to reach an agreement with the state Department of Education Tuesday, missing its deadline and leaving the fate of its campuses in limbo.

This includes Wyotech Blairsville in Burrell Township, which will either be sold or shut down depending on the decision.

Allegations that some Corinthian campuses had exaggerated grades and job placement numbers led the education department to delay financial aid payments to the company last month. Corinthian has been facing financial trouble, and struck a deal to sell or close all of its campuses in return for $16 million in federal money needed to keep operating for the time being.

A plan for the future of the company's campuses was due Tuesday.

“We are optimistic that further conversations with the company will produce an acceptable plan in the next few days that protects the interests of students and taxpayers,” Department of Education Undersecretary Ted Mitchell said in a statement Wednesday.

Any schools that do close will be “taught out,” enabling current students to finish their programs.

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