Judge orders Greensboro tech school to halt deceptive practices

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A Superior Court Judge issued an order on Monday to temporarily bar a for-profit educational company from advertising or offering any educational products or services in North Carolina, according to WRAL.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said his office is seeking a permanent ban against Thomas Healthcare Institute Inc. and refunds for students.

The North Carolina Board of Community Colleges revoked Thomas Healthcare Institute’s license to teach vocational classes in February for failure to meet required instructional and financial standards.

Even without the required license, Thomas Healthcare Institute continued to advertise and offer vocational and exam preparation courses in Greensboro and Raleigh, according to a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office.

According to WRAL, a former instructor filed a lawsuit claiming that Thomas Healthcare Institute moved its Greensboro location from a rented room at Moses Cone Hospital to an Econo Lodge along Interstate 40 near Burlington in early 2013.

The instructor, who taught phlebotomy and EKG courses, said the room was unsuitable for medical training and that students were upset about commuting to Burlington after paying for a course they believed would be taught in Greensboro. She said the company owner threatened her job when she complained, but she resigned when she learned the firm had lost its state license.

The lawsuit also alleges that some students weren’t provided refunds after classes were canceled without notice.

Read more: WRAL