Updated: Jul 9, 2021
Throughout my career I’ve worked with high school and college students in various settings. Most of these experiences have been wonderful and fulfilling. Once, though, I was a part of something I wasn’t proud of. I worked at a for-profit college, advising primarily first-generation students from low-income backgrounds. My job was to help these students with resume writing, interview preparation, and job search techniques. It broke my heart seeing the difficulties these students faced each day—and knowing they were taking out loans when they could get an equal or better education at the local community college without incurring any debt. If I were in charge, I would stop this practice immediately. For-profits need to be eliminated or clamped down on and students with debt from attending these schools that never found legitimate work should have their debt canceled.