KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CN) – A dozen graduates of the Arizona-based, for-profit High-Tech Institute say they would flunk their alma mater on quality of education, according to seven separate complaints in Jackson County Circuit Court.
The plaintiffs say they were enticed by High-Tech’s claims that it would help graduates of its medical billing and coding program find jobs and that 89 percent of the program’s graduates found work in medical billing and coding.
High-Tech also allegedly claimed that there was a high demand for graduates in the medical billing and coding field, which offered starting salaries of $12 to $15 an hour.
The plaintiffs say they were promised that credits earned at High-Tech would transfer to other universities and that High-Tech was properly accredited.
Ultimately, however, the graduates say they learned that most of High-Tech’s credits did not transfer to other universities; that a degree from High-Tech most likely wouldn’t serve as a basis toward earning a higher degree at another university; that no adequate data existed with regard to employment or pay of High-Tech graduates; that there would be excessive amounts required in loan repayment; and that the school and its medical billing and coding program were not properly accredited.
The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of actual and punitive damages for fraud, violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and negligent training and supervision of the school’s admission representatives. They are represented by Dirk Hubbard with Hubbard & Ardebili of Lee’s Summit.