By JOSE MEDINA / Contributing writer
In 2012, Tiffany Johnson enrolled as a first-time college student at Heald College. The school guaranteed her a high-paying job and successful career upon graduation, which could be in “as little as nine months,” according to advertising. Three years later, Tiffany faces $37,000 in student loans and has no degree to show for her time, effort and debt. She is one of thousands of students with similar stories, who were taken advantage of by the illicit practices of some for-profit colleges.
The announcement this week that Westwood College will close four California campuses marks the latest in a series of closures of for-profit schools. In July, Four-D College unlawfully closed two California campuses. In April, Corinthian Colleges abruptly ceased operations at all Heald, Everest and WyoTech campuses, including 23 in California. These closures followed investigations and enforcement actions by state and federal agencies.