FORT WORTH (CN) – Washington Post-owned Kaplan Higher Education canceled a radiology program before students could graduate because “the program was not as profitable as the school liked, and because the program had problems securing clinical placements for students,” four former students claim in Tarrant County Court.
The students say Kaplan’s Career Center in Fort Worth ran a substandard radiology training program with unqualified instructors who picked favorite students and neglected the rest.
The sued The Washington Post Co., Kaplan Higher Education Corp. and radiology program director Carolyn Johnson, alleging deceptive trade and breach of contract.
Plaintiffs Nancy King, Magdalena Marinescu, Bryan Schulman and Jared Thaden seek damages for tuition, student loans, reduced earning ability, time wasted on classes and mental suffering.
They claims that Kaplan billed the program as a top-notch way to get radiology technician licenses, with “hands-on clinical training” and help preparing for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam.
But the students say their teachers were incompetent. The Texas Workforce Commission deemed one teacher, Robyn Ochs, “not qualified to be an instructor,” according to the complaint.
The students say that in their enrollment agreement, Kaplan agreed to reimburse them if the program ended early. To get around this, they say, Kaplan expelled students pretexts such as missing a pop quiz or “lack(ing) initiative.”
The former students say they have been left with debts for student loans that they cannot pay off because they lack licenses to work as radiologists. Schulman said he tried to transfer to another school, but his credits were not accepted.
The students are represented by Julie E. Johnson of Van Wey and Johnson.