Aug 04 2009
A New York City woman who says she can’t find a job is suing the college where she earned a bachelor’s degree. Trina Thompson filed a lawsuit last week against Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court. The 27-year-old is seeking the $70,000 she spent on tuition. Thompson says she’s been unable to find gainful employment since she received her information technology degree in April. She says the Bronx school’s Office of Career Advancement hasn’t provided her with the leads and career advice it promises.
Do I blame this woman? Part of me does and part of me doesn’t. I worked at Katherine Gibbs and let me just say that from first hand experience, these “vocational” and “career advancement” schools are 100% sales. I was a rep for one of these schools and literally cold called high school students trying to get them to enroll in the programs.
Most of these folks didn’t have the money to pay tuition and the school helped out with loans. They make claims of career placement, etc etc but they’re really just sucking money from Uncle Sam and most times families are left with a huge bill.
And with this economy, they’ll push even harder for the sale saying you need education to get a job, etc etc. I’m not saying that you don’t. I’m all for education but when you mix it with sales it seems a little shady to me.
So in terms of this girl? On the one hand I don’t blame her for feeling bamboozled. On the other, you should have never signed up in the first place Trina.
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