Career Colleges AKA Certificate Mills

Any one that knows me has heard my opinion on Career Colleges those useless money making schools you find in shopping malls, and industrial parks. They offer courses that are usually not accepted by industry and have standards that would frighten public school teachers.
That said finally the Government of Ontario’s Ombudsman has come out to say they need closer regulation. See the CTV News Article below.

Career colleges crackdown urged in Ontario
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Canadian Press

(CBC)Ontario’s ombudsman is urging the province to crack down on “unscrupulous” unregistered private career colleges, which he says are allowed to run rampant due to a lack of oversight.

André Marin says the government’s systemic failure to ensure students are protected from such operations has, in at least one case, led to “unmitigated disaster.”

Marin was investigating Bestech Academy, an unregistered college offering courses in gas technician technology in Stoney Creek, Ont., and St. Catharines, Ont., from 2006 to 2008.

He says the college preyed on innocent students, such as 57-year-old William Roberts, who paid $1,750 in tuition and complained when he learned it wasn’t accredited by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.

Roberts received a partial refund, but the cheque bounced.

Marin says the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has accepted all of his recommendations for improvements except his call for a compensation scheme for the students.


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