March 16, 2012
John Tyler Community College is being sued by three former surgical technology students who claim they can't find jobs because the school didn't obtain accreditation for the program.
F. Eileen Macleay of Midlothian, Patricia E. Brown of Ettrick and Donella G. Crist of Sussex are each seeking $150,000 in damages. They filed separate lawsuits last month in Chesterfield County Circuit Court.
The lawsuits say the college solicited the women to enroll in the program and assured them it would be accredited before they graduated.
The lawsuits claim the lack of accreditation prevented the women from taking a national certification exam.
John Tyler President Marshall Smith tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the certification isn't required to work in Virginia.