For Immediate Release - April 22, 2014

State Takes Action Against Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers For Alleged Misleading Employment Placement Information

BOSTON – The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) today announced that it has entered into a consent agreement with Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers, Inc. (S&C), resolving allegations that the school used misleading information regarding employment placement rates of its graduates in advertising, literature and solicitations. 

“Students pay a lot of money to attend these classes and it is unacceptable to misrepresent what they can expect upon completion of a program,” said Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Barbara Anthony. “We are working vigilantly to ensure that all students will get what they pay for.”

“Private occupational schools play an important role in preparing individuals for new jobs and careers, and it is critical that the information they provide to prospective students is accurate and complete,” said DPL Director Mark Kmetz.  “As the licensing agency for these schools, we will take action where warranted.”

Under the terms of the consent agreement, S&C agreed to pay $20,000 and to add clarifying statements to the post-graduation placement statistics reported on the school’s website.  The school also agreed to notify DPL of all written complaints they have received from Massachusetts students regarding program or payment issues, and responses by the school, as well as information about Massachusetts student enrollment and program completion.  Failure to comply with the terms of this consent agreement, or with the terms of a separate consent judgment entered into with the Massachusetts Attorney General last October, may subject S&C to further action by DPL.  The consent agreement also resolves allegations that the school failed to cooperate in the DPL investigation.

The Brockton-based for-profit private occupational school denies the allegations.

Oversight of private occupational schools and their sales representatives was transferred to DPL in August 2012 from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Currently, there are 170 occupational schools licensed to operate at approximately 245 locations in Massachusetts.

DPL is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for more than 370,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.  For more information, or to file a complaint against a private occupational school, visit www.mass.gov/dpl/schools.  Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.

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