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AG files lawsuit against local college for 'deceptive practices'

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - The investigation is expanding into for-profit colleges. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has announced he is filing suit against another local college that he claims is lying to its students.

Tuesday, Conway said he filed a consumer protection lawsuit against National College, which has campuses across the state, including one on Dixie Highway in Louisville.

"And I must say that this type of deception has to stop," Conway said.

The lawsuit alleges the for-profit school misrepresented job placement numbers on its website, and the school has been claiming the inflated job placement rates since 2008.

Last December, Conway said National's web page listed job placement rates between 84 and 96 percent for its various campuses. The complaint alleges the real numbers were somewhere between 60 and 79 percent.

The lawsuit also states national changed the numbers on its website after the AG's office began investigating, lowering the numbers for so-called successful employments and adding a disclaimer that the numbers could represent employment in "any field."

"National has to stop putting their bottom lines in front of the hopes and dreams of students who are just trying to better their lives," Conway said. "The reality is more and more students are leaving for profit schools with high debt loads and without the better jobs that they were promised."

WAVE 3 left a message for the president of National College's Louisville campus for response to the Attorney General's lawsuit. In reply, we received the following statement from Chuck Steenburgh, the director of communication for National College, who is based in Roanoke, VA.

"National College is proud of our long history of providing career-focused education. Our dedicated staff and faculty provide an environment in which our hard-working students, and thousands of alumni, have been able to obtain the education and training they need for productive careers. We are aware that the attorney general has announced that he is filing a lawsuit against the college, but we have not yet been served and thus cannot comment on what it might contain. Each individual student's success is our main focus and we remain committed to that."

Earlier this year Conway filed suit against two other for-profit college systems in Kentucky. Daymar College and Brown-Mackie College are accused of various allegations of deceptive practices.

Conway's office said five other proprietary colleges in Kentucky remain under investigation.

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