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Judge orders tech school to halt deceptive practices

Posted August 27, 2013

— A Superior Court Judge issued an order Monday to temporarily bar a for-profit educational company from advertising or offering any educational products or services in North Carolina.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office is seeking a permanent ban against Thomas Healthcare Institute Inc. and refunds for students.

“Students seeking to improve their skills and launch new careers instead found themselves out several hundred dollars with little or nothing to show for it,” Cooper

The North Carolina Board of Community Colleges revoked Thomas Healthcare Institute’s license to teach vocational classes in February for failure to meet required instructional and financial standards. Even without the required license, Thomas Healthcare Institute continued to advertise and offer vocational and exam preparation courses in Greensboro and Raleigh, according to a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General's Office..

A former instructor filed an affidavit with the lawsuit claiming that Thomas Healthcare Institute moved its Greensboro location from a rented room at Moses Cone Hospital to an Econo Lodge along Interstate 40 near Burlington in early 2013. The instructor, who taught phlebotomy and EKG courses, said the room was unsuitable for medical training and that students were upset about commuting to Burlington after paying for a course they believed would be taught in Greensboro. She said the company owner threatened her job when she complained, but she resigned when she learned the firm had lost its state license.

The lawsuit also alleges that some students weren't provided refunds after classes were canceled without notice.

“Always check out a trade school or vocational program thoroughly before you pay any money to enroll,” Cooper said. “Also, remember that your local community college may offer the training you need at a fraction of the cost.”


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  • spunkyisbackagain Aug 28, 2013

    Even some of the legitimate on line schools are rip offs money wise.

    One of the well known on line universities let me know that to get an associate degree with them would cost me around $37,000. To get the same degree at a community college it would cost about $7200.

  • superman Aug 28, 2013

    If you want to attend clases--go to a Community College. Those private schools just want your money and you have little or nothing to show for it. Completing programs in those schools that no one recognizes is not going to help you much. When you complete a class or program with a no-name recognization school you just waste your money.

  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 28, 2013

    Top 3 things to question:

    #1. Your school's main goal is to provide a return on investment to shareholders.

    #2. Accreditation and Graduation.

    #3. Location . . . .ie., why are you in a room at the Econo Lodge?

  • stanleygstevens2 Aug 27, 2013

    You pay for classes at the Econo Lodge? you get what you deserve.

  • dracarys7 Aug 27, 2013

    whatelseisnew said: "Well many of are STUDENTS spend years in school, we the taxpayers fork over billions and billions of dollars with little to show for at. How about you do something about that scam Cooper?"

    That post reads like a high school freshman's Facebook status. Sounds like we the taxpayers need to fork over a few more dollars for your education. Lol

  • carolinaprincess62 Aug 27, 2013

    One of the worst deceptive practices are the weekend CNA courses. If you pass the state test, you are okay. But if you don't, you're out your money because the classes do not offer enough hours to give you credit to work in a facility.

  • RNmomX4 Aug 27, 2013

    This makes me so sad. I got my CNA 1 from Thomas Health Care and was taught by Elizabeth Thomas herself. She was an admirable woman and would roll over in her grave if she knew what had happened to her school. Her daughters took it over when she died, but I wonder who has been running it recently. I really hate that the name has been so badly tarnished.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 27, 2013

    Well many of are STUDENTS spend years in school, we the taxpayers fork over billions and billions of dollars with little to show for at. How about you do something about that scam Cooper?

    It is pretty sad. People will just not take the time to MAKE sure they are signing up with solid institutions. Now I don't like the scammers, but I look at it this way, IF YOU CARE THAT LITTLE about your money, you earned what you received. Now that you got burned, PLEASE take a valuable life lesson from it and understand that you helped CAUSE your own PROBLEM. If you do not learn that, you will get burned AGAIN.

  • dwr1964 Aug 27, 2013

    And the surprise comes in where?

  • Scubagirl Aug 27, 2013

    crooks everywhere