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Westech College is one of the colleges involved in a federal investigation for using deceptive recruiting practices. Undercover government investigators visited both colleges where they posed as potential students. The results they obtained are similar in nature to that of many other for-profit colleges the government has investigated.
If you view the Government Accountability Office’s findings, you will find the following information:
- College officials allegedly inflate the cost of programs when they are compared to the same programs at other colleges.
- Recruiters allegedly made exaggerated claims about the earning potential in specific fields upon graduation.
- Financial aid officers allegedly encouraged prospective students to be less than honest on their financial aid applications.
According to the report, investigators visited a total of 15 colleges and discovered that four of those engaged in fraudulent activity that included making deceptive (or at least questionable) statements. Westech Colleges’ executive director indicated she had no knowledge of any visits by investigators on any of the campuses. She says they have never done business that way and have a squeaky-clean reputation. The report by the GAO does not break down the figures by individual schools.
USA today published a story on the report which indicated Westech was on the list in the report. GAO was given credit for the report and referred all questions regarding specific campuses to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The committee held hearings on the report in the summer of 2010.
One of the most common forms of deception uncovered by the investigation involved the promotion of year-round classes, but quoting tuition for a nine-month school term. Westech’s executive director has no concerns about the information in the report. She states they are not worried even if their name is included in the report.
According to the Press Enterprise, in 2012 Westech College faced the possibility of losing its accreditation. In March of 2013, they reported that Westech college again had its probation extended for a second time by its accrediting agency. It had a history of complaints concerning a lack of instruction and failure to provide promised student job placement. As a result, the for-profit institution faced/faces the possibility of losing its accreditation.
There was a U.S. Senate report which stated that the 15 for-profit schools that are publicly trade received approximately 86 percent of their income from federal funds. Being accredited is essential for these institutions because federal funds and grants are not issued to any unaccredited schools.
Officials at Westech deny the institution was part of the GAO report, and while no schools were specifically named in the official report, someone apparently managed to obtain those names. Since the time of the report, students have (on occasion) contacted The Press Enterprise to express concerns about the quality of education they were receiving at Westech, as well as the inferiority of the job placement services after graduation.
According to former students and instructors, Westech brought in instructors that were not qualified to teach the subjects. One student even reported that the school gave her a certificate she had not earned in order to boost her prospects for finding employment.
A student (or any member of the public) is permitted to file a formal complaint about this institution directly with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 1-888-370-7589, or by visiting http://www.bppe.ca.gov/ and completing a complaint form.
While we personally are not aware of any actual lawsuits against Westech, with the number of complaints we hear, it would not be a surprise to discover students bringing claims against the school. At Rasansky Law Firm, we handle some disputes that involve for-profit school “scams.” If you would like to speak to one of our lawyers about your potential legal options, fill out the email form on this page. The consultation is free, and we take these cases on contingency (meaning you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case)! While we may not be able to help with every case, we’re happy to evaluate the facts of your case for no charge.
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