Re Curtis Austin’s Sept. 24 letter, Career colleges boost Florida’s economy: Austin said that he is proud that his organization, the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, is proud of the way private career colleges are serving students in Florida. But he’s a bit premature.
As a teacher at Miami Dade College, I often find students in my classroom who have degrees from some of these colleges. They come to us to start over, some because they can’t find jobs. Until these private colleges stop making false promises to students about potential jobs, stop finding and offering huge loans to pay their students’ huge tuition, stop graduating unprepared students and, most important, until all of these private colleges, rather than most, start requiring a valid system of accreditation, they should not be too overly proud of them.
Marta Magellan, Pinecrest