EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 1, 2013

Brockton-based job training company to reimburse $425K


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BROCKTON (AP) — A Brockton-based for-profit job training school has agreed to reimburse $425,000 to some students and change its advertising to settle state allegations it misled students, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Thursday.

Coakley said the settlement with Sullivan and Cogliano Training Centers Inc. resolves a lawsuit her office filed in April.

The consent judgment was entered Monday in Plymouth County Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleged the school misrepresented job placements and used misleading ads for its Medical Office Assistant and Office Professional-Medical Concentration training programs, leaving some graduates with large debts when fewer than 25 percent were able to find the kinds of jobs they trained for.

“We are pleased that this settlement will provide restitution to help students,” Coakley said.

Company spokeswoman Diana Pisciotta told The Enterprise of Brockton was pleased to reach the settlement but denies any wrongdoing.

She said one of the programs was closed in 2010 and the other this year.

“We were certainly happy to work with the attorney general’s office on the negotiated settlement that would allow us to focus on our core issue, which is on educating students and not on resolving a lawsuit,” Pisciotta said.