Thursday, August 20, 2015

For-profit colleges often leave Oregon students with debt, worthless credits

Portland Tribune
August 20th, 2015

Fantasia Spruill admits right up front that she’s never been the best of students.
She dropped out her junior year at Parkrose High School, when she was 16. Her father had a stroke, her mother went to prison. For awhile, Spruill and her 14-year-old sister were homeless.
But Spruill is smart, and she knows it. “A superstar,” according to a local guidance counselor who helps low-income students get into college. At 17, Spruill, hoping short-term to become a medical assistant, and long-term an obstetrician, was accepted into for-profit Heald College in downtown Portland.

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