After Being Shut Down, Burbank For-Profit College Takes Aim at Former Students With Lawsuits

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Andrew Carslaw, left, Sheri Wheeler and Michael Peck are former students of Video Symphony EnterTraining, a defunct for-profit film school.(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Carslaw, left, Sheri Wheeler and Michael Peck are former students of Video Symphony EnterTraining, a defunct for-profit film school.(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Only two months into pursuing his dream to be a sound engineer, David Gross knew he’d made a mistake.

The single father in 2013 signed up at a for-profit college in Burbank that convinced him it was his path to a Hollywood job. But after two classes, he realized it was “definitely not what I was promised,” he said.

Gross took a leave of absence. But before he decided whether to return, the U.S. Department of Education forced the school, Video Symphony EnterTraining, to close after an investigation found altered records and thousands of dollars in missing financial aid money.

Five years later, Video Symphony, now transformed into a debt holding company, took aim at Gross. It sued him for $14,000 — the amount covering almost eight months of the program that it says Gross attended, and including federal loan amounts the government refused to give the school after the allegations of misconduct.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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