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Big promises, dashed hopes at for-profit schools

Big promises, dashed hopes at for-profit schools

In recent years, growing numbers of low-income and minority high school graduates from Baltimore's most disadvantaged neighborhoods have enrolled in for-profit trade and technical schools. Many believe the schools' streamlined curriculums are their fastest route to a job or career. But a recently published study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the State University of New York at Buffalo has found that far too often those hopes end in disappointment. Their data showed that more than two-thirds of students at for-profit trade schools in the Baltimore area drop out before obtaining a certificate, leaving them with large debts and few job prospects even after having paid many...

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