FTC Approves Changes to Vocational Schools Guides

November 7, 2013
Imperial Valley News  
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In response to public feedback that it solicited in 2009, the Federal Trade Commission has updated its literature warning against deceptive marketing practices in the vocational training sector. The Vocational School Guides -- which date back to 1972 -- address misrepresentations concerning accreditation, advertising, instructor or enrollment qualifications, alleged ties to the government or employment agencies, and the use of deceptive diplomas or certificates, among other issues.

The material has now been amended to more thoroughly address certain, specific misrepresentations, including those related to applicants' likelihood of obtaining financial aid; how much time is needed to complete a course or program; a student's job prospects following graduation; the transferability of credit to other schools; and whether program completion qualifies students to take a licensing exam.

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