CINCINNATI (CN) - Eleven students say the National College of Virginia lied about its accreditation and job placement rates to bilk them for $30,000 apiece in tuition. They say the school fka the National College of Business and Technology falsely claimed it was accredited or that "accreditation would likely by obtained ... by the graduation of the first class."
The 11 students say that "during subsequent years employees orally promised that accreditation would be obtained" for the Salem, Va.-based college.
Accreditation was supposed to come from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The students sought associate's degrees as surgical technologists. Each of them says they paid the school about $30,000.
They say the college told them that upon graduation they would be qualified to take the Certified Surgical Technologist examination - but they were not allowed to take the test because they did not graduate from an accredited program. As a result, they have been unable to "obtain employment as surgical technologists."
The students demand return of their tuition. They say the school was "contractually obligated to have a surgical technology program that was accredited" but breached that contract.
They also seek damages for fraud, deceptive trade and consumer law violations.
They are represented by John Rebel with McKinney & Namei.