Business Computer Training Institute


A class action lawsuit has been filed against the vocational school for allegedly defrauding students. The lawsuit was filed in Pierce County Superior Court on behalf of Oregon students alleging the Business Computer Training Institute (BCTI) falsely promised prospective students it would train them for high paying professional careers. The suit alleges the school recruited vulnerable people outside welfare and unemployment offices, and enrolled students who could barely read and write.

The class action alleges BCTI graduated students regardless of academic performance and left many with student loan debts. Instead of high paying jobs, many graduates wound up working at department stores, fast food restaurants or telemarketing firms. BCTI provided computer training and had seven campuses in Washington and Oregon when it closed in 2005.

The school's owners recently settled a similar lawsuit filed on behalf of BCTI students in Washington state. More than 1,300 students received a share of the $13.25 million settlement.

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Reader Comments

Posted by
B L
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In January 2002, I was solicited by people with flyers to meet with a BCTI enrollment specialist in Fife, WA. I was 19, just graduated high school, a new mom and wife, and wanted to gain better computer skills in able to get a good paying professional career. I was told it was a better deal than community college/graduate college because of their shorter programs and cost less money. I wasn't explained that I could've dropped out within a week if I didn't want to continue. The class was pressured from instructors to make a good testimony for the school. I can't say that I didn't learn anything, and I did get a part time minimum wage job at a non-profit organization a few months after completing Phase 1 in July 2002, and got an unaccredited certificate that is worthless, I don't mention I went here on resumes or job applications. Most of the people I encountered at BCTI clearly shouldn't have been enrolled or teaching there. They were either homeless, mentally ill, creeps, very low income, and naiive suckers like me. My private loans have been paid off a long time ago, I'm still on a income based repayment plan with my federal loan. It was extremely hard to support my family while posting those off. The government loans are still on my credit report. I'm going to try to get it forgiven, since the "school" if now defunct and closed. I don't think it's fair to all the former students to pay because we were all deceived into thinking this was a great school that offered great education in a competing labor market. I never received any notification about a lawsuit until reading about it years later after it was settled. Please, I would like more information about any upcoming lawsuits for bcti.

Posted by
Richard Rasmussen
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I graduated BCTI in 2001. It did not help me at all with my computer skills. I was unable to get a job during the time that I went there and after the time I received my certification of completion. I applied at many different places and they refuse to hire me. Employers laugh when you tell them that you went to BCTI. I struggled and paid the full tuition but I feel that I was ripped off.

Posted by
Katie
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Went to BCTI in 1996. I was 19 yrs old had no idea about anything especially how loans work, or the seriousness of how the Federal Government can screw you for life! So they suckered me in I didn't have a GED at the time and said it ok just get it later. I quit after a couple months and they kept trying to get me to come back then just mailed me a certificate saying I graduated?? Stuck with the bill and have been trying to fight USDoE since. I not getting anywhere with them either. Didn't even know about the class action either so I am screwed out of that too. If the government thinks I am paying for this then keep trying cause it's not gonna happen. $13,000 later and keeping my income tax still nothing resolved. Can't go back to a real school so I am stuck.

Posted by
Sarah K. Calloway
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First of all.... Why haven't I heard anything about the BCTI law suit??? Anyway, I went to BCTI back in the early 2000's..... and had to get a student loan for 10,000.00 for this school...... Which is NOW paid off in full.... ( lots of stress involved in paying this off). I remember them( the teacher and staff) to bring a deck of cards when I went to school, because if the computers were down (which they were quite a bit) we could all sit around and play cards..... Kinda strange but I bought some cards.....I can't tell you the exact date, but I went to class that particular day, and the doors were locked and NO ONE was there..... NO warning or anything.... Lots of us stood around wondering..... Now What..... What do we do know? I and my Mom was soooo frustrated about this waste of money we both had to pay for the student loan... And nothing ever became of it..... So since it didn't work out for our class, Now what can I do to try and get All that money back from this obnoxious group that ran BCTI.... If anything..... Thank You, Sarah Calloway, went to BCTI in Vancouver, Washington

Posted by
Dustin McMaster
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I attended King of Prussia Computertraining.com. I was lied to and went through 3 instructors. Evrything they promised was false.

Posted by
hannah Dipaula
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I would like more info as I attended bcti

Posted by
William R.
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I was approached by a gentleman telling me about BCTI, I decided to attended. When you walk in they have a lot of pictures on the wall of people who graduated and got jobs, so I decided to join. I wanted to do the technical part (learn how to build computers) but they told me I needed to learn how to work Microsoft office first. I started and it seem like a great place to be, everyone was so friendly and helpful at first. I struggled at 10 key and the typing test and they always assigned another student to help me. I wasn’t getting much help from the instructor. and the results was me not finishing tests in time causing me to fail, so I stop going. They called and asked me what was going on, I told them how I felt and what I wasn’t getting eventually going back. The curriculum was so fast and it was hard to take in with all the programs they had you trying to learn.

I found out about the class action lawsuit on a Friday before the lawsuit. By this time, I had nothing stating I went to BCTI and I wasn’t close to the county it was held in. Plus I had a fulltime job and I could not just give late notice that I wasn’t going to be there Monday.

Long story short, I’m stuck with a loan and education nothing but a complete waste of time and no job, in debt, and stress. I can’t get a loan to go back to school because this shows up as defaulted. Nonstop phone calls from the debit collector, and no income tax return for over 15 years. Please help me.

Posted by
Erin Swift
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I went to BCTI GRADUATING IN 1992. I was targeted outside of a welfare office. I was desperate to be off welfare, making me a good target. Their job placement got me a job that was doomed to fail. I was let go after three weeks. The company wouldn't show me the mistakes they said I was making or how to fix them making it an inevitable failure. After that I tried to utilize the job placement again only to be told I was no longer eligible for their help. After working a couple temporary jobs I was hired at a convenience store and fuel station at a wage of $5.00 an hour. I couldn't even meet my own needs with a wage that low let alone make student loan payments but I believe that was minimum wage at the time. I stayed in retail for the most part since graduating and now I'm on Social Security Disability on a fixed income of less than $750.00 a month and in low income housing.

Having a student loan debt has haunted me every day of my life after graduating BCTI effectively keeping me from being able to further my education in a dagree program at a community college because my student loan debt shows up on my credit report also causing a low credit rating, so in my view BCTI damaged any chance for improving my credit score or my financial health.

Posted by
Deborah
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I graduated from BCTI in July of 2000 and I didn't not get any help from BCTI nor did I find a job. I asked to utilize their facility as it stated in the contract to find a job but was told I could not as i was no longer a student. I have to pay for the loan that I didn't not get full benefit from, this is crazy to me. What can I do if anything?

Posted by
wesley clay
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i want to BCTI november 99 graduated june 2000 was not able to find a job anywhere i ended up going to job corp graduated there still wasnt able to find a job till 03

Posted by
Washington
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When I graduated I couldn't obtain any job in that field, and later when I wanted to go back for further training, they told me no. Even though it was in the contract that I could go back any time I wanted, free of charge.

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