COD Stands Ready to Help Everest College Students

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on June 25 called on community colleges across Illinois to help ensure that 3,300 Illinois students at Corinthian College, Inc. campuses-under the name "Everest College" in Burr Ridge, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Merrionette Park, North Aurora and Skokie-have the option to continue or restart their education. Corinthian College is currently facing possible closure and is under investigation by 20 states, including Illinois, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"College of DuPage and other Illinois community colleges stand ready to assist students who may be stranded," College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder said. "Not only do we provide a world class education in a host of employable fields, but we believe transferring students would find an enormous cost benefit."

Examples of cost difference between Everest College and College of DuPage programs include: Dental Assistant with Everest charging $16,973 compared to COD charging $2,999; Massage Therapy with Everest charging $14,955 compared to COD charging $9,978; Medical Admin with Everest charging $16,973 compared to COD charging $1,595; Medical Insurance Coding with Everest charging $16,973 compared to COD charging $2,495; and Pharmacy Technician with Everest charging $16,973 compared to COD charging $1,499.

"We have the facilities, faculty and price to make any student's dream a reality," Dr. Breuder said.