Everyone (including us) snickered when an unemployed woman sued the college she had graduated from only months before, but the news story did help bring to light the overly optimistic or outright misleading claims made by some for-profit educational institutions. Now, thirteen former students of Everest College‘s Dallas campus have sued the school, claiming that they were misled about the transferability of the school’s credits and their prospects for employment.
[Former student Sharhonda] Harris said she was sold on Everest when an admission officer told her about the school’s placement rate, with jobs paying $15 to $16 an hour, and credits transferrable to other schools. Students say they were told that job placement rates ranged from 90 to 99.9 percent.
But Harris said that even though she graduated with a perfect grade-point average, she couldn’t find a job in her desired field. She owes $7,500 on student loans. Officials at nonprofit colleges and universities have said they will not accept Everest credits.
Harris said she now works full time as a caregiver at a Mansfield retirement center.
Everest College is just one of the brands of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., and bills itself as offering “career training for life” in fields such as medical billing and coding, massage therapy, dental assisting, and accounting.
Quick career advice: Consider colleges that are not considered one of the “brands” of its parent company.