Toronto Star exposes unlicensed college

September 17, 2009

In the first article in a series on unlicensed career colleges, the Toronto Star reported yesterday on the Ontario Academy of Science and Technology, an unaccredited school for personal support workers. According to the Star investigation, admission to the academy does not require identification or passing an English proficiency test. Aside from mandatory 2-hour lectures on Sundays, the course consists of watching 12 instructional DVDs and a series of multiple-choice tests. After requesting a discount on the program, a reporter posing as a student was rushed through the course, which the school's owner and sole instructor initially said would take 6 to 8 months. In 2 weeks, the reporter learned how to fake a resume, fabricate references, and lie her way through a job interview. When the academy's owner was contacted by the Star about its investigation, he said he has applied to the Ontario government to register the school. The province says no such application has been received. Toronto Star