No Job? Blame Your College

In early 2009, Trina Thompson graduated from Monroe College with a bachelor of business administration degree in information technology.  She immediately set about trying to find a job which suited her new qualification.  As many would know, this is often a hard task which can take considerable time.

3 months later, Trina was still unemployed.  Did she blame the recession?  No.  Did she think it was because other college graduates were more qualified?  No.  Did she think that she had waited for a job long enough?  Yes.

Trina blamed her alma mater and sued Monroe College for $72,000 being the full cost of her tuition plus pain and suffering.  In her claim, Trina alleged that Monroe's "Office of Career Advancement did not help me with a full-time job placement. I am also suing them because of the stress I have been going through."

In Thompson’s view, any reasonable employer should pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which included a 2.7 GPA and solid attendance record. But Thomson claim’s Monroe's career-services department has put forth insufficient effort to help her secure employment. Monroe College opposed the claim and released a statement saying: "while it is clear that no college, especially in this economy, can guarantee employment, Monroe College remains committed to working with all its students, including Ms. Thompson, who graduated only three months ago, to prepare them for careers and to support them during their job search."

Not surprisingly, Trina was unsuccessful in her claim.  


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