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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Private education: Provide choice in higher education options

The Seattle Times’ extensive piece on private sector education misses some critical points [“Some graduates of beleaguered Everest College allege deceit,” Local News, July 12]. Private sector institutions strongly believe that all students should have access to higher education, no matter their background or their family’s finances.

We also believe that any action by the government or regulators should keep the best interests of students front-and-center. To date, it appears the U.S. Department of Education has been thoughtful in its approach to the students currently enrolled at Corinthian’s campuses.

Today, our institutions employ hundreds of dedicated educators who work to provide students with opportunities that they simply cannot receive from (or don’t fit in) traditional institutions of higher education. Students choose to attend private sector colleges for different reasons: Flexible class schedules that fit around work and family obligations, year-round enrollment, innovative technologies in distance learning, and studies focused on obtaining a specific job after graduation.

We want to see a strong and thriving postsecondary education system in Washington and throughout the Northwest. This means a higher education system that provides access to a choice of diverse, quality programs that meet employer needs. That is what our member schools have offered students, and continue to do.

Gena Wikstrom, executive director at Northwest Career Colleges Federation, Lacey

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