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For-profit colleges play valuable role for students

Thursday, June 24, 2010; A20

The June 14 news story "Like students, regulators look at for-profit universities" portrayed private postsecondary institutions in an unfair light. Demand for our schools has increased as many people are forced to find new jobs in new fields. They look to our schools because we focus on recession-proof jobs. Like any college or university, we strive to provide the best education for our students. But unlike many colleges and universities, our schools provide invaluable lifelong job placement resources. Many graduates come back to teach. Many work for decades in the same office at which they had their first externship.

At a time when the unemployment rate of recent college graduates is the highest it has been in more than 20 years, the peace of mind offered by our campuses continues to attract more students to private postsecondary schools and underscores our unique value in the education sector.

Mason Myers, San Jose

The writer is president of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools.

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