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Student Says Collins College Gamed Him

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CN) - A student wants Collins College in Phoenix to return nearly $20,000 in tuition, claiming his teachers went out on strike, and the so-called "accelerated" program it offered in game design was substandard even at the most basic levels.

Andrew M. Whipple III says he learned of the Arizona school though online advertisements which he claims were deceptive and did not accurately represent the education offered by the Career Education Corporation dba Collins College.

In his complaint in Onondaga County Court, Whipple says Collins put him in classes with special-needs students, though his curriculum "was designed to be an accelerated program."

He says he was promised that he "would be attending small classes," but that most of his classes contained 50 or more students. He says that his teachers "were unqualified, ill-prepared, and not knowledgeable about the subject matter."

Then they "went on strike and failed to attend to their duties, leaving plaintiff with no instruction whatsoever."

Whipple wants his tuition back: $19,790, and damages for fraud and violation of New York business law.

He is represented by James Meggesto.

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