September 7, 2011 by USA Post
For many graduates, however, those dreams have become nightmares financial, as they struggle to pay off student loans strengths and find work in an industry known for its fierce long hours and low wages.
Now, some former students are suing for-profit cooking schools to get their money, saying recruiters on the value of culinary education and employment prospects misled them after graduation.
“They just oversold and pushed. They made misleading statements to entice you,” Emily said voyage, 26, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, part of the chain of Career Education Corp. ‘s 16 Le Cordon Bleu cooking schools.
Travel, however, can get some money back. Under a pending agreement and $ 40 million in state court, vocational education is committed to offering discounts of up to 20,000 and 8,500 students attending the Academy between 2003 and 2008.
In 2004, the trip was a recent graduate from high school and dreams of opening her own bakery, where he enrolled in a program of seven months in bakery arts at the School of San Francisco. Recruiters convinced him it was a good investment and helped 30,000 to borrow and pay for it.
After completing the program, the only job he could find and pay 8 an hour working the night shift at a bakery in Oregon – “something that anyone could have done it without a certificate of culinary” he said.
Travel, who now lives in Bakersfield, has abandoned the dream of her baker and now plans to attend community college to become a nurse or nutritionist. Without the settlement money, which will pay for that culinarycertificate for another 15 years.
“It was worth the money and time for this loan hanging over my head?” He asked. “Absolutely not.”
Two other Le Cordon Bleu Schools – California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena and the Western Culinary Institute in Portland – also face lawsuits by former students who say they were deceived by misleading advertising, in particular, rates of schools gastronomy “job search.
Education Schaumburg, Illinois-based Career denies hiring and marketing practices are illegal, but their school recently changed its policies to “ensure that students understand that we’re not promising all the results of specific jobs or salaries,” said spokesman Mark Spencer.
The publicly traded company, which operates over 90 colleges worldwide career, came to an agreement, the demands of San Francisco because they were too expensive to litigate and distract employees, Spencer said.
Enrollment in for-profit colleges and trade schools has increased over the last decade, driven by federal student aid makes up 90 percent of income in many institutions. For-profit professional face heavy criticism for its aggressive recruitment and marketing practices, and rates of their graduates in loan repayment.
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