Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Career School Suddenly Closes Down

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Career School Suddenly Closes Down

Article excerpt

State labor authorities are looking into the abrupt closing of a private career school in Wayne that apparently has left many students worrying about whether they will recoup the thousands of dollars in tuition.

The CDM Institute on Galesi Drive shut last week without warning. Students said they found out about the closure when they showed up for class Wednesday night to find the doors locked. The school provided short-term vocational training for medical assistants, EKG technicians, nurse's aides and medical billing specialists, among other jobs in the medial field.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development received calls from students and local workforce-development teams regarding the closures of CDM Institute's locations in Wayne, Phillipsburg and Toms River, said Kerri H. Gatling, a department spokeswoman.

Gatling said the school also has locations in Jersey City, Lawrenceville, Vineland, Marlton and Woodbridge, but she could not confirm whether those schools had closed as well.

Calls to the school were not returned and its website was inactive on Friday.

Recommended by state

CDM appeared on a list compiled by the state Department of Health and Senior Services -- last revised on Jan. 10 -- of approved training providers for nurse's aides.

The Labor Department does not regulate so-called proprietary schools like CDM, but it does review applications for new schools and perform annual reviews. It is one of several agencies that places schools on the Eligible Training Provider List, enabling them to receive federal dollars, Gatling said.

For-profit proprietary schools receive millions of dollars from the federal government in the form of student loans and grants provided for workforce development, yet regulation of such schools is often fragmented. The schools have been faulted in the past for preying on low-income and immigrant students. …

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