Wednesday, May 16, 2012 FBI raids Jacksonville offices of for-profit business college FastTrain

The FBI actually raided all of the Florida Fasttrain offices including the ones in Tampa and Clearwater.

Our IT writer, Wirehead, worked as an instructor at Fasttrain when it was a rogue operation with both instructors and staff constantly going through the revolving door.

Fasttrain is now accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education.

ACICS is a national accrediting agency that "not for profit" schools primarily use. Most state colleges are regionally accredited and few will accept course credits from nationally accredited schools.

ACICS does show many of the Fasttrain programs are accredited:

Looking through the accreditation criteria, ACICS says:

3-1-542. Verification of Credentials. Institutions must maintain official transcripts for credentials that qualify faculty members to teach their assigned courses and for those credentials that are listed in the catalog. All these credentials shall be on file in the administrative offices at the campus location nearest to where the faculty member is primarily employed. An official transcript is one sent from the registrar’s office at the institution where study was completed directly to an employing institution. A transcript bearing the notation “issued to student” is not an official transcript for employment purposes.

When Wirehead taught at Fasttrain years ago, he was the only instructor who held a college degree at either the Tampa or Clearwater campus.

He advised his Tampa supervisor, that Fasttrain was unlikely to be accredited with ACICS because none of the other instructors had degrees.

Fasttrains philosophy was that degrees were not important, just IT certifications.

This may have been their undoing. Most educational institutions require that instructors have at least a masters degree.

Did Fasttrain use the "Miami Way " to get accreditation. Did it fudge instructor credentials?

Rightardia wouldn't be surprised.

Update: WTEV in Jacksonville interviewed Fasttrain students who said the FBI agents were asking them about their Pell Grants, which cover tuition and expenses.

Another report indicated Fasttrain was using "deceptive and otherwise questionable sales and marketing practices." Other students said they were charged for room and board and travel charges the school cannot explain. The school doesn't have on-campus housing or food services.


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