Former Career Point College students file class action lawsuit

Former students file class action lawsuit

SAN ANTONIO -- Former Career Point College students have filed a class action lawsuit against the school system.

There are 52 plaintiffs listed in the lawsuit, including former student Christopher Kinna who spearheaded the effort.

"I do not trust anything that comes from the school. What has come from the school has been minimal. I don't trust their ability to make this right," Kinna said.

Kinna had about four months left before he would have graduated from Career Point College. As a working parent, he not only had goals to achieve in his career but wanted to provide a better life for his family. 

"What kept you going was that you knew there was a means to an end. And when that end is taken away from you, it's almost like being tripped up right before the finish line of a marathon," Kinna said.

Kinna noted that there were signs that the school was facing financial troubles. He was a student but also worked for the school as an instructor and clinical coordinator.

"There were several different types of cutbacks. It started with the day care. The day care shuts down, speculation flies and then they cut certain employee benefits like referral bonuses. They also cut other wages from the employees as well," Kinna described. "We would also receive word from the students or even other contractors, the people that would give us our immunizations, they had stopped paying bills."

On Sunday, the president and CEO Larry Earle announced that the school was shut down. He said a few employees violated rules related to student aid funds and the Department of Education stopped funding the school.

As a result, the college was forced to close.

Aric Garza, attorney for the plaintiffs, said that the lawsuit they filed will not only prohibit the school from destroying important documents, but will force the school to provide necessary information to former students.

Garza said that they are seeking more than a million dollars in damages.

"Given that most of them have been affected to the degree of $5,000 to $30,000, depending on the cost that they've incurred in the school and the number of students involved in this," Garza said. "This lawsuit is directed to the officials and the individuals who are in charge of that school, to force them to respond to these students."

"I want to demand action instead of hoping for the best. I believe that's how all the students feel,” Kinna said. “We want action from the school to make it right. This isn't right. Most of us are scared. We're tired and we're devastated.”

The Department of Education said it's been notified of Career Point College's closure. The department has provided a list of resources and information for affected students here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/career-point-tx.pdf

(© 2016 KENS)


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