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Jobless NYC woman sues college for $70K in tuition

By jkameleon ·
Good move! I guess that should tone down shortage shouting a little bit.

IT is constantly trumpeted as a field with chronic skill/workforce shortage. Critical talent crisis is perpetually imminent, predicted incessantly, never to occur.

The whole exercise is nothing but deceptive advertising on a global scale.


http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hOd5SMu_c48SwH6dYreQ4Cf7JNTQD99R312G0

<i>NEW YORK - A New York City woman who says she can't find a job is suing the college where she earned a bachelor's degree.

Trina Thompson filed a lawsuit last week against Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court. The 27-year-old is seeking the $70,000 she spent on tuition.

Thompson says she's been unable to find gainful employment since she received her information technology degree in April.

She says the Bronx school's Office of Career Advancement hasn't provided her with the leads and career advice it promises.

Monroe College spokesman Gary Axelbank says Thompson's lawsuit is completely without merit.
The college insists it helps its graduates find jobs.

Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com

Copyright - 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.</i>

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Worthless degrees

by kjohnson In reply to About responsibility

I think there's a difference between a worthless degree and a degree which has no particular financial value in the employment market. By "worthless degree," I presume you mean a bogus degree with no academic content. By "degree of no financial value" I mean spending three years reading nineteenth century Catalan poetry. Nothing wrong with that if it's your love, but the university has to be honest and say (as Prof Karl Britton once did about philosophy degrees) that there is as yet no nineteenth century Catalan poetry industry into which graduates may be launched.

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Another story without all the facts, designed to irritate.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Jobless NYC woman sues co ...

"She says the Bronx school's Office of Career Advancement hasn't provided her with the leads and career advice it promises. ... Monroe College spokesman Gary Axelbank says Thompson's lawsuit is completely without merit. The college insists it helps its graduates find jobs."

She said, he said. The story includes few details regarding post-graduation job placement assistance promises. Without the all the details, it is impossible for anyone reading this to formulate an informed opinion.

Based on the other articles and headlines on the NY Post's home page, I'd say it was a publication more interested in sensationalism than accuracy.

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I agree

by Fregeus In reply to Another story without all ...

There isn't enough information to make a sound judgment on the issue. Let cooler heads prevail.


TCB

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I wonder if anyone told her there's more to getting a job than a degree

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Jobless NYC woman sues co ...

because the most qualified ***** or ******* will always have trouble getting a job. Also, a lot depends upon what she's looking for, nearly all the IT jobs I see advertised they want people with experience and the few entry level jobs are at wages many degree holders will shun.

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I suspect she was told that it's just a degree

by jkameleon In reply to I wonder if anyone told h ...

That's how universities and other institutions of learning often advertise their services.

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I've been waiting for this to happen

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to Jobless NYC woman sues co ...

However, I always thought the defendant would have been this place: http://www.computertraining.com/

"In just 6 months, you can become Microsoft certified, an on your way to a career that pays more than $50,000 to start."

If it weren't for various male enhancement pills, these would be by far the most annoying and worst commercials on the radio.

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My point exactly

by jkameleon In reply to I've been waiting for thi ...

I agree about computertraining.com, but IT/CS universities aren't much better. I think Monroe had it coming.

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As others have mentioned...

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to My point exactly

...without knowing the way that Monroe marketed, or what they specifically "promised", I can't say with certainty.

I just completed a Master's degree in IT Proj. MGMT. through a large institution. At no time was I ever promised a job afterwards, or that the degree would directly lead me to the land of monetary milk & honey.

What I was promised is that the degree would help me in my career if I leveraged it properly (it has--if for no other reason than the application of the knowledge gained), and that I would have some great networking opportunities due to alumni events and other school-supported functions (again, right on the mark). The school also does have an extensive internship and job placement program; but as I was already a full-time employee, it was not something I needed.

So, my initial instinct is that the lawsuit is probably going to get tossed. HOWEVER, I'll add the disclaimer that if the school did advertise it's program in much the same way that the aforementioned training center did, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the case. They'd be the modern equivalent of snake oil salesmen in my view!

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Yeah, it's all about advertizing (nt)

by jkameleon In reply to As others have mentioned. ...
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Refund of education

by xultan In reply to I've been waiting for thi ...

This is really sad...

A Degree is a piece of paper proving that accomplished something... Learning a subject.

If the college has to refund her money... Does she have to give back the knowledge that she learned? :)

--Nathan

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