AG Coakley Sues For-Profit Brockton School

 Updated April 3, 2013, 4:45 pm

State Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed a lawsuit against a for-profit career school in Brockton over allegations that it misled students with deceptive ads.

The lawsuit accuses Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers of falsely advertising that virtually all students would find medical training jobs. During a press conference Wednesday, Coakley said fewer than a quarter of students actually found that type of work.

“This school counts anyone who got a job after their certificate, including a fast food restaurant, in big box stores, they counted those as success rates for having completed the program,” she said.

Coakley said her office is conducting an extensive investigation into the for-profit school industry in Massachusetts.

“We need additional regulatory and statutory oversights at the state and federal level on these institutions to protect students, to protect taxpayers, and to change a predatory business model,” she said.

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