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KCBD INVESTIGATES: Local trade school under fire


Questions and concerns have been raised by some Vista College students and a former employee in regards to the quality and cost of education.

Some cosmetology students at Vista College claim some graduates finish school without the knowledge of how to perform a simple hair cut.

"If I was to go take my test right now, I would not be ready. And if I was to go work at a salon, I'd probably have an anxiety attack," said Seleana Duke, who was enrolled in Vista College's cosmetology program.

Several nursing students said they worry about the safety of future patients, as some graduates do not know how to give proper injections or take someone's blood pressure.

This is one reason why Jazalynn Flores withdrew from the cosmetology program.

"The instructors don't have enough experience to be teaching. They're screwing us over in the financial aid part and making us stay here longer," said Flores. "We just want to be refunded for the time we've been here."

"I think it has ruined dreams. It has ruined hope," said former cosmology instructor Sylvia Perez.

Perez has been a hair stylist for 26 years.  She said she resigned from Vista College this past September because she did not want her name associated with the program.

"I've worked in schools, I've worked in salons, and I've never seen anything like this," said Perez.

Some students said they did not know what they were graded on since they were not tested regularly. 

"We've been asking for the syllabus for 5 weeks now," said Duke.

Students from both the nursing department and cosmetology school claim that the grades are not being fairly reported.

A nursing student who did not wish to go on camera was dropped in September.  However, even after no longer attending, this student received an A on an exam on October 17th, 2012 and a B for a Summary Assignment dated on October 11th, 2012.

This is not the main reason why so many students have come forward.

"They told me I owed $6,000 and then yesterday when I came up here, one of the ladies in the office said it was $4,000," said Flores. "Then I talked to the counselor for me to withdraw and she said it was only $1,000."

Students from various departments claimed the school has added in hidden fees, like "room and board" and said they owed more money than they were originally quoted.

In less than a month, this nursing student received notification she owed $8,475 dollars in April. Two months later, the balance jumped to $12,532.

Another student said her tuition jumped $5,984.00 after a financial aid "adjustment" was made. She said she has not received documentation to explain a reason for the hike.

A complaint with the Department of Education has been filed. The Better Business Bureau has confirmed 3 open complaints against Vista College.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 has sent an open records request inquiring about the college's TLRC inspections. 

Vista College declined our offer for an o- camera interview and said they have forwarded our request to the corporate office.

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