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Lawsuit accuses Carlisle business school of false claims

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Newville's Kelsi Weidner says she got an education.

Just not the kind she hoped for.

She enrolled at Carlisle's McCann School of Business in February, 2012 to become a medical lab technician.

"They said, 'You'll have a job, you'll be able to work anywhere as an MLT in a lab and you'll have your license,'" Weidner, 19, said.

Weidner said a McCann staffer told her the school's two-year, $25,000 program is accredited.

It is not.

And in the medical field, her attorney says, no accreditation means no high-paying job.

"Therefore, this education that students are spending thousands and thousands of dollars on, isn't worth the paper that it's printed on," said Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi, who has filed a class action lawsuit against McCann.

Andreozzi says Weidner is one of 15 clients in the suit and he insists that McCann employees verbally told the students that the lab tech program was accredited. The school's website currently makes no such claim.

Weidner says in December, 2011, a staffer named Daniel promised she'd get a license and a high paying job upon graduation. W asked her if she specifically asked him if the program was accredited or she just assumed that it was.

 "I just assumed," she said.

We went to the school's Carlisle campus but were not welcomed. After being asked to wait outside, a manager came out and told us there would be no comment but to call a public relations firm in Ohio.

That firm did issue a statement saying, "It is unfortunate that Ms. Weidner did not approach us directly with her concerns but, instead, has elected to file a lawsuit. It is our strong belief that her lawsuit, including its suggestion of class status, is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously," Chuck Vella, Spokesperson.

Weidner insists that long before there was a class action lawsuit, there was action among her classmates. She said rumors were swirling that the program was not accredited and therefore worthless and students collectively reacted with questions.

"As a class, we went to the director and talked to her and said 'This isn't really right, what's going on?' She went around it and didn't want to answer the questions."

Weidner hopes her lawsuit will educate others.

"I want other people to be aware of what goes on there, and reimbursement for my time that was lost. I pretty much have to start all over again."

A similar lawsuit was filed in Schuylkill County in January by four women who claim they were misled when they signed up for the school's medical lab tech program.

"In a perfect world, I think the school would apologize" Andreozzi said. "Say, 'we made a mistake, what can we do to make this right?'"

Andreozzi filed the class action lawsuit in Cumberland County Court. He says McCann his suit pertains only to the medical lab tech program, and that other programs at the school may be accredited. 

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