In September of 2008 I responded to a job ad in the Chicago Tribune Career Builder section for a position as a Personal Assistant. I was contacted by someone who said they were interviewing me for the position, during the conversation the individual asked if I had considered continuing my education. I had often thought of getting my degree, so my response was yes. After answering yes, I was immediately connected by that individual to a very smooth talking representative of Westwood College, Shannon Hughes. Wow, how did that happen. Here I am looking for a job and before I know it I am connected to a college recruiter. As I discussed my interest in a Graphic Arts with Ms. Hughes she explained how , if I attended Westwood College, I could take courses that would enable me to get into the business long before I would complete my degree, because I could take the courses needed to gain the knowledge required. After enrolling and begining to take classes I found that I could not take the classes that I needed to gain the knowledge required, but I would have to take English, Math, and other general education classes at a rate of 2 to 1.
After attending three terms I realized that I had been lied to, and that this is not what I was told I could expect. I have since dropped out and now owe Westwood over six thousand dollars ($6000.00). I am 53 years old and lost my job as have many others, I was looking for a solution to my situation and all I got was more debt and I feel that I was taken advantage of and lied to. I hope that someone will do something about "For Profit" colleges such as Westwood so others like myself are not RIPPED OFF. Watch for Westwood's commercial which is now being broadcast where the student states exactly what I was told, "I can take the classes that I want". BS