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Want To Be A Dental Assistant? Don't Go To Kaplan College

The dental-assistant program at Kaplan College in Charlotte is no more. The Charlotte Observer's Ames Alexander reports the for-profit college surrendered its state license for the program after students complained they didn't graduate with the dental assistant certifications the school had promised. Kaplan's chief national compliance officer, Janice Block, admits a misunderstanding occurred, but tells the Observer there was no intent to confuse students. Block says Kaplan has refunded "well over $1 million" to about 200 students. The school also will pay $9,000 stipends to all of the program's graduates while they get their certifications. But it's now difficult to talk to those students about their experience with Kaplan, according to the story, because they have signed confidentialy agreements with the school. Alexander reports the Attorney General's office is investigating Kaplan. Here's what one student wrote in a complaint: "I want it to be public knowledge that this school is stealing from people who are trying to better themselves with the promise of a better future." The North Carolina Board of Community Colleges was also investigating the program until Kaplan gave up its license on Jan. 20.