Students worry as Everest College shuts down

EARTH CITY, Mo. - Nearly a year of their lives and tens of thousands of dollars spent on an education some students fear is now useless.

5 on your Side's Mike Rush talked to more frustrated students of Everest College in Earth City and got answers from the college.

A spokesperson for Everest College's parent company says even though the college is closing, the students will get what they paid for. But a student and even a recent graduate Rush talked to are worried.

Ceaira Madden and Ciarah Anderson share not only a first name, but a frustration with Everest College in Earth City.

"It's very aggravating," said Anderson.

"The whole situation has been unprofessional," said Madden.

Madden is about to graduate and in training at a chiropractic practice where Anderson, an Everest graduate, is an employee. Both need to take a final test to become registered medical assistants and say Everest hasn't been cooperating.

The federal government cut off money for student loans to the parent company of Everest College, Corinthian Colleges, after education officials allegedly found grades, attendance numbers and job placement stats were inflated.

That prompted Corinthian to sell off or close down its nearly 100 colleges nationwide. The Earth City location is closing, a spokesperson says, after all 200 local students graduate, but students say too many staff members have been let go.

The student and the graduate say without their final tests, their careers are stalled.

"I have no degree behind what I'm telling them. I can tell them I'm a medical assistant but I have nothing to back it up, so therefore that decreased my pay tremendously," said Madden.

"I've got a piece of paper," said Anderson. "That's what I feel like, that I went to school for a piece of paper."

Anderson says she's been trying to take the test since February and the wait is keeping her from her family in Georgia.

"My school has a school number that has to register me and I have to take the test here. So I can't even move until I can take that test," said Anderson.

A spokesperson for the college says he's not sure where the disconnect is with those two women but vows he will help make sure they are able to take the test soon.


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