ATI 'winds down' four campuses after News 8 investigation

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by BYRON HARRIS

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Posted on March 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 10:32 AM

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NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES

ATI students complained to News 8 of high-pressure sales tactics, poor instructors and a lack of help finding jobs after graduation from the trade school.

State and federal investigators looked into the complaints.

Now, ATI says it is phasing out campuses in Richardson, Lewisville, Waco, and on Maple Avenue in Dallas.

A year ago, ATI claimed to have 9,000 students. Now the number stands at 7,300. ATI says it is notifying its students that the campuses will be closing, but there is no mention of that on the school's Web site.

In a response to a request for an interview, ATI replied, "We are reviewing our entire organization to see where we can make improvements and enact efficiencies to provide the best possible education for our students."

The state requires that 60 percent of trade school students obtain jobs after graduation. Last year, the Texas Workforce Commission mandated that ATI hire an outside auditor to review its job placement rates.

The results of that audit have not yet been made public.

E-mail bharris@wfaa.com

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