Earlier this summer Corinthian Colleges proved to be in it for the long haul when, despite striking a deal with the Dept. of Education to either sell off or close most of its schools, it continued to pepper television airways with ads and badger attendees at college fairs in order to entice students to enroll. Now the company is showing that those questionable marketing skills aren’t just for students, but also to hook potential educators and support staff.
If you’re “looking for an exciting opportunity with a robust company committed to changing students’ lives,” then you probably shouldn’t apply to work at Corinthian. Actually, you should run away as fast as you possibly can. You know, because the company’s schools likely won’t be around by year’s end. Oh, and because the job listing contains some not-exactly-honest information about the company.
Although it’s entirely possible Everest, Wyotech and Heald may need instructors to complete any forthcoming teach-out programs — in which schools remain open for existing students but are phased out as no new students are enrolled — a recently posted medial assisting instructor position is chock-full of beguiling information about the company and its mission.
“As one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America, we are on the cutting edge of the industry and forging ahead into a new era of leadership, growth, and innovation.”
We’re not exactly sure in what way CCI believes they are “forging ahead into a new era,” considering it appears to be dismantling before our very eyes. Also, the company just announced it could be party to a new criminal investigation, and that likely won’t provide much promise for a new era.
“We currently operate more than 100 campuses through Everest College, WyoTech, and Heald College and are dedicated to delivering on the promise to our students.”
The thinly-veiled boast that the company “currently operates more than 100 campuses..and delivering on the promise to our students,” just might be the most laughable and depressing thing we’ve read in a while.
First of all, CCI already announced it would be closing or selling off its Everest University and Heald College campuses – meaning that while the company may technically operate more than 100 campuses today, it won’t be for much longer.
As far as “delivering on promises” goes, the only promise we’re aware the company keeps is taking billions of dollars in federal student loan aid from taxpayers and then leaving its students with the burden of repaying it all.
Any promise of successful careers after graduation have been permanently marred by allegations that the schools inflate job placement statistics in order to stay in the government’s good graces – or rather its pocketbook.
“At CCI you’ll work with impassioned employees and have the support you need to make great things possible.”
For this one we’ll turn to our friends who used to work for CCI: “We work for the biggest scam company in the world.”
Now that doesn’t sound like a very impassioned employee, does it?
“Become a valued member of our Faculty at Everest College and discover a more rewarding way to leverage your professional expertise.”
Sure crafting the minds of the next generation could indeed be a rewarding experience, but if you’re teaching at a CCI school that most likely won’t be the case. Not that the students are the issue, rather it’s the mandates from above.
Most former teachers who spoke with Consumerist recall the company’s priority was on students receiving passing grades — regardless of effort in the classroom.
“We are forced to keep revising courses to make them so easy it’s almost impossible to fail,” an insider currently working at a CCI campus told Consumerist. “Some assignments require a student to write one paragraph and they get points for a full paper; an elementary school would require more. Yet many of the recruited students can’t even write well enough to submit this paper.”
If fact, it seemed like any “professional expertise” offered by instructors was largely put on the back burner and replaced with allowing students to pass course without learning, just so they could stay enrolled and the school could continue to collect federal dollars.
“Part coach, part counselor, part entertainer, and 100% advocate for your students, you will provide a dynamic training environment where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Essentially, this sentence translates to: “it doesn’t matter what you teach, everyone has the opportunity to get a passing grade because that’s the only way for Everest to keep getting loan money and as a teacher you’re expected to go along or get out.”
While many for-profit educators are truly advocates for their students, those at CCI were rarely given the chance to help their charges. Instead, they were allegedly forced to let students skirt by on the bare minimum by manipulating grades and readjusting attendance records.
“At Everest College and Corinthian Colleges, Inc., we’re in the business of changing students’ lives. As a member of our faculty, you’re in the position to make it happen.”
If you’re in the position to change students’ lives it’s probably worth the time to look into other avenues of education because the only business Everest and CCI appear to be a part of is making money by enrolling unprepared, often low-income students to receive a sub-par education, eventually leaving them with worthless degrees and piles of debt.
We don’t know what life was like before, but that doesn’t exactly sound like happily ever after.
Of course we understand that the job market is tough and the availability of good paying careers isn’t what it used to be, but there has to be something better than taking a job at a company known to do the bare minimum for students and employees while making billions of dollars each year.