CEO Carli Strength leaves ATI

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by BYRON HARRIS

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Posted on November 22, 2011 at 7:51 PM

DALLAS - The CEO of for-profit trade school ATI has left. Carli Strength resigned from the school yesterday for unknown reasons.

For two years, News 8 has reported on problems at the trade school, which has 16 campuses in four states and partner schools in other states. News 8 stories revealed the school was recruiting homeless students and misreporting job placement statistics.

Strength is the second CEO to leave the institution in the last two years.

Former CEO Arthur Benjamin departed last year, after claiming that 95 percent of ATI graduates got jobs after graduation. ATI has been placed on probation by its accrediting body, and several programs were ordered closed by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The school did not respond to requests for comment.

After being cited by a U.S. Senate committee for recruiting practices, the school fired dozens of employees.

Although at least 90 percent of the funds for tuition at ATI come from taxpayer grants and loans, ATI is majority- owned by BC Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in London.

E-mail bharris@wfaa.com

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