Brooks College FALSELY OFFERED 98% JOB PLACEMENT RATES TO STUDENTS
Brooks College was comprised of two for-profit colleges in Long Beach and Sunnyvale, California. They offered a large array of vocational programs from fashion design to marketing and career education. Brooks College was owned by the Career Education Corporation and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Promises of a bright future shattered
As of December 31, 2008, Brooks College has closed it’s doors forever. The for-profit school stand accused of predatory lending practices and false claims of job placement within their advertising. All of which is strictly against all Department of Education regulations. Students have been left with insurmountable debt, no career and shattered dreams. After it became apparent that the school was lying about job placement and practicing predatory lending they suddenly got much more exposure than they could have wanted.
The for-profit school was forced to shut down due to outstanding fines and debt.
Barry Ross and Eric Shannon, former employees at Brooks College. They felt they were amongst the few who to truly wanted to educate students. Money was the driving force for the administration, not the betterment of the students lives or education.
Ross’ title was admissions representative. But Shannon says “we were really sales people”?
“Selling the dream, basically,” says Ross.
“We’re selling you that you’re gonna have a 95 percent chance that you are gonna have a job paying $35,000 to $40,000 a year by the time they are done in 18 months,” says Shannon. “We later found out it’s not true at all.”
“Yeah, it wasn’t true at all,” says Ross.
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