When RJ Infusino enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art’s Schaumburg campus in 2015 after graduating high school, he thought he was starting on the path to a career in audio production.
Even when his experience wasn’t quite what he expected — the campus consisted of a few floors in an office park, instructors would sometimes show up extremely late to class — Infusino pressed on, thinking he could at least use the experience and equipment to learn skills that would help him land a job. And the school was promising to help set him up for a career.
Then one day in 2017, with less than a year left to graduate, officials announced that the school had been sold to an organization Infusino had never heard of. “At the time, I’m crazy stressed, trying to look at jobs, trying to look at things going forward,” Infusino, 24, recalled.