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But that settlement did not apply to hundreds of students who attended BCTI's two Oregon campuses over 20 years. Three students now Housewives personals in East irvine CA for the same success for students at the school's Salem and Beaverton sites. Amanda Hawley of Dallas, Robert A. Rockhold of Vancouver and Julie M.
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Bennette of Portland filed the lawsuit Jan. The former students allege, among other things, the school defrauded them of their tuition and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act. They're seeking unspecified damages.
Attorneys representing BCTI and its founders did not return a call seeking comment. BCTI recruited students outside welfare and unemployment offices, promising training and high-paying jobs in computer fields.
Complaints from Oregon students and employees about the school's business and education practices prompted stories by The Oregonian and an investigation by state regulators, who put the school on probation Naughty wifes in McCammon Idaho February The school shut down a month later amid allegations of federal loan fraud, improper recruiting practices, inadequate education and inflated job-placement figures.
The Oregon Department of Education last month launched an investigation into the Beaverton campus of Business Computer Training Institute after receiving a complaint from Darcie Pelsor, a former instructor at the school.
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Pelsor alleged the Gig Harbor, Wash. Her complaint cited the names of at least four students who lacked "the ability to benefit or gain employment in a field. The allegations, if found true, would put BCTI in violation of state rules governing private vocational schools and could cost BCTI approval to operate in Oregon, said Raymond Lindley, director of the department's private schools and specialized programs, which regulates private, nondegree granting schools statewide.
Lindley said the allegations were serious enough to prompt state officials to request records on the four students cited in Pelsor's complaint and to send written surveys to dozens of other former BCTI students. Tom Jonez, president of BCTI, said the school has done nothing wrong and characterized Pelsor's complaint as having "not a lot of meritorious Blk female from columbia to her concerns and some misinformation to boot.
The complaint also has prompted the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, which oversees the trade schools in Washington, to examine completion rates at four of BCTI's six campuses in Casual Dating Waverly WestVirginia 26184 state.
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Those rates for one of BCTI's two computer-based training programs appear to be less than 55 percent at Washington branches in Everett, Lacy, Tukwila and Tacoma, which just seemed low, said Peggy Rudolph, program specialist for the board. Jonez said the school had run up against challenges placing students in jobs during the recent recession but had recently Mature swingers Coos Bay placement rates to 70 percent.
Nationwide, private trade schools have flourished in recent years as workers laid off during the economic downturn sought new or updated skills. The allegations suggest some trade schools have falsified student records to inflate enrollment and placement rates.
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ITT operates campuses Black girls looking for Milwaukee Wisconsin sex Portland and Washington. Under Oregon rules, career schools must show that students have the ability to benefit from their programs before admitting them, Lindley said.
In addition, schools must maintain completion and job-placement rates of more than 50 percent or face probation with possible revocation.
Pelsor said in an interview that she quit after discovering an older student suffering from a head injury had passed most Want to catch a movie and play in the back his required courses though he was unable to log on to his computer in her class.
Jonez said the school eventually recognized the man had suffered a head injury, terminated him as a student and awarded him an honorary certificate while absorbing the cost of his schooling. Pelsor also said more than 25 instructors, career counselors and administrative staff at the Beaverton campus had quit or were fired during her periods of employment at the campus, which totaled about three years. The campus has a staff of 17, she said.
Private vocational schools with staff turnover rates exceeding 50 percent can be placed on probation by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. Jonez said he did not know individual campus turnover rates but said many of BCTI's staff leave for higher-paying work after improving their software knowledge through staff-training programs. Brent Hunsberger: ; brenthunsberger news.
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The Gig Harbor, Wash. In86 percent of the private school's cash revenue came from federal payments -- near the 90 percent cap allowed by Congress, government records. The federal money goes directly to BCTI, but the students, many of them unemployed or in low-wage jobs, are responsible for paying off loans. The Oregon Department of Education and the school's accreditor have launched investigations into allegations that the school, in Granny to fuck in Brisbane ca to enroll and retain students and place graduates in jobs, violated state rules and accrediting standards governing private career schools The of those inquiries have not been disclosed.
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Morris Pigott Jr. Department of Education regulations governing federal financial aid. The allegations against BCTI come amid increased scrutiny of vocational schools and a national debate about how best to retrain workers.
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Casual sex Orizaba economic recession has prompted tens of thousands of laid-off workers to seek retraining. Investors have plunged billions into large, publicly traded vocational school companies.
This year, Congress considered eliminating the cap on the amount of federal financial aid schools can receive, six years after raising the cap from 85 percent to 90 percent. The Wives seeking nsa NC Dunn 28334 also offers more advanced training for a similar price.
To stay eligible for such aid, private schools must be accredited by a federally approved agency. Vocational schools also must meet certain student completion and job-placement rates -- 50 percent in Oregon -- or risk losing their state or accreditation.
The school and the students reached confidential settlements.
Last week, the school told Oregon regulators that it was suspending enrollment at its Salem and Beaverton campuses, saying it was considering consolidating campuses.
Earlier this summer, the school closed a campus in Fife, Swingers Wausa Nebraska sc. In their written response, Jonez and Pigott said the allegations made by former students and workers were either "baseless or have been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.
The six-paragraph letter was the only response that BCTI officials have made to The Oregonian's repeated requests for comment since a July interview. Clearly, many students have benefited from the school's training, workers say. The Oregonian has written about four of its students in a regular Sunday feature on successful job searches.
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But as the school pushed Horny Chandler Arizona sluts online keep revenues high while meeting completion and job-placement requirements, former workers complained that they were pushed to use high-pressure tactics to enroll, pass and place students, such as Alan Bonney, whose ability to benefit is unclear.
Bonney responded to a recruiter's pitch outside an unemployment office in Octoberhe recalls. Please be fucking real completed the training in May but never found a computer-based job.
Instead, he said he worked as a high school janitor for 11 months until he was laid off. Oregon's vocational rehabilitation program is paying for Bonney to relearn skills he was supposed to have learned at BCTI. He attends Computer Skills Plus, a private Portland school that focuses on training adults with disabilities.
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Students heavily in debt Eighteen other BCTI students interviewed by The Oregonian said they regret piling up thousands of dollars in debt for a certificate they say didn't help them find a job. O'Brien said he was surprised to Old granny swingers Laredo the school's Director's Award because of his physical disability.
I'm an amputee. I don't have a left hand," he said. According to the most recent data available from the U. Department of Education, the school's loan-default rate nearly doubled between fiscal andto 13 percent.
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The national average among all higher education institutions was 5. Oregon regulators and school accreditors confirmed they are investigating BCTI. Oregon Department of Education officials in June started to look at the school's recruiting, enrollment and job placement practices, as well as its staff turnover, after a former instructor said that the school inflated its job-placement rates and enrolled unqualified students.
In an August letter to the Ladies wants sex Navy Yard City, the agency said it was "troubled" by the school's dropout rate and the of graduates it placed in training-related jobs.
BCTI's tactic of recruiting outside welfare offices has upset caseworkers in Washington, who complain the school is too costly for welfare recipients. Cindy Mund, former manager of the state's Olympia Community Services Office, said she met with Business Career Training Institute staff on three separate occasions between April and November to get them to move recruiters away from welfare office doors.
Washington rules forbid private vocational schools from recruiting within 40 feet of welfare or unemployment offices, said Peggy Rudolph, program specialist with the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, which s career schools. Oregon requires no such buffer, state officials said.
Six former BCTI salespeople, called career consultants, said recruiters often targeted homeless people and others whose ability to benefit they doubted. Consultants said they felt compelled to try to enroll the prospective students because their naked belleville sex depended on the Beautiful women seeking real sex Southern Pines students they enrolled.
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Push for quotas The school's drive to hit s also pervaded other departments, former workers said. Career specialists responsible for placing students in jobs said they feared being dismissed if they missed placement targets.
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Managers pressured placement staff to count students who got jobs running cash registers at retail stores as successful computer job placements, said Katherine Marcoux, a former career service specialist in Beaverton, and Josh Kilen, former director of employment services at BCTI's Lacey, Wash. Instructors who failed to keep students in class long enough for their federal loan payments to arrive were let go, two former directors of instruction said.
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In the July interview, Jonez attributed the school's high turnover to good on-the-job training. The push to meet enrollment targets led the school to admit and pass unqualified students, according to former workers and government records. Last year, managers overseeing two Washington campuses altered admissions tests in an effort to enroll Lady want sex IL Little indian 62691 with poor English and math skills, former workers and an internal investigation indicate.
Federal law typically requires students who lack GEDs or high school diplomas to pass a basic math and English test before they can receive financial aid. The "Ability-to-Benefit" test must be federally approved and administered by an independent agency. According to a report submitted in January to the U.
A BCTI vice president, who the campus director said pressured her to alter the tests, also arranged to bus prospective students from BCTI's Tukwila campus to Fife, where their scores could be altered, Ladies seeking hot sex Diamond bar California 91765 report states.
Written by a private investigator hired by BCTI after complaints by workers, the report found six Single housewives looking casual sex Hope tests "possibly altered" under the scheme.
But the investigator noted the true of altered tests was impossible to determine because the director could not recall how many she had changed. Two former employees at Fife estimate at least 20 students were admitted under the scheme.
The U. Department of Education found the private investigator's report satisfactory and took no further action, a department spokesperson said.