Career Colleges Are Accused of Job-Placement Fraud

Career Colleges Get Tricky With Job-Placement Numbers 1

Matt McLoone for The Chronicle

The Art Institute Online counted one alumna, Jenny McCoy (here with her 8-month-old son) as hired even though she held the job for only one day.

Hollywood is a town built on illusions, and the Los Angeles Recording School sits at its center, a stone's throw from the big-name studios its graduates dream of working for.

The for-profit college, which has trained thousands of students to be recording engineers, says it placed more than 70 percent of its recent graduates in jobs related to their degrees. But a new class-action lawsuit says those numbers are a fantasy designed to dupe prospective students and its accreditor, the