US: How A For-Profit College Created Fake Jobs To Get Taxpayer Money


Eric Parms enrolled at an Everest College campus in the suburbs of Atlanta in large part because recruiters promised he would have little trouble securing a job.

He’d seen the for-profit school’s television commercials touting its sterling rates of job placement, and he’d heard the pledges of admissions staff who assured him that the campus career services office would help him find work in his field.

But after completing a nine-month program in heating and air conditioning repair in the summer of 2011 – graduating with straight As and $17,000 in student debt – Parms began to doubt the veracity of the pitch. Career services set him up with a temporary contract position laying electrical wires. After less than two months, he and several other Everest graduates also working on the job were laid off and denied further help finding work, he says.

Even that short-lived gig wasn’t secured on the strength of Parms’s degree. The college had paid his contractor $2,000 to hire him and keep him on for at least 30 days, part of an effort to boost its official job placement records, according to documents obtained by The Huffington Post. The college paid more than a dozen other companies to hire graduates into temporary jobs before cutting them loose, a HuffPost investigation has found."


It’s pretty sad that this is where we are at in society where groups of people want to do this sort of thing to students. Especially because it’s not just an individual, it’s probably at least a dozen from the school or more and then whoever is running the contracting company wanting to just eat up that money. I would think it was strange if a school wanted to pay me 2,000 to hire someone and lay them off after 30 days though I can understand why it is a tempting offer.


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