Wisconsin sues for-profit college that briefly operated in Milwaukee

Career College Central Summary:

  • According to a civil lawsuit  by the Wisconsin Department of Justice,  Corinthian Colleges Inctouted a national job placement rate of 80% to 90% to prospective students, but the figure was really as low as 5% for students from Everest, who rarely got the externships promised as part of their training, and if they did, discovered the externships were merely to do unskilled tasks unrelated to their coursework.
  • In announcing the lawsuit Monday, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Corinthian engaged in misleading, false and deceptive trade practices. It seeks restitution for some of the affected students and graduates, as well as fines and fees.
  • Everest College, which opened in 2010 at McKinley Ave. and N. 6th St., closed abruptly in 2013.
  • Kent Jenkins, vice president of public affairs communications for Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian, said late Monday the company was still reviewing the complaint.
  • The 22-page civil complaint also accuses Corinthian of signing up students who were not remotely qualified to succeed at accelerated curriculum in allied health programs, or who could not have gotten jobs in the field because of their criminal records.

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