16 former Lake Superior College students suing school over accreditation

By KBJR News 1

July 17, 2014 Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - 16 former Lake Superior College students have filed suit against their Alma Mater.

The students in the now suspended Diagnostic Medical Sonography program allege deceit after the school didn't follow through on what they said was a promise of accreditation.

The lawsuit states the plaintiffs had hoped to be able to perform ultrasounds as a career, but they say without accreditation it's very difficult to find work.

Gary Halom, the attorney representing the students, says he wants LSC to fix the problem, and deliver them an education from an accredited school.

There are four in Minnesota, and they average out to cost anywhere from $26,000–$28,000.

"Essentially, they poured their hearts and souls into it for two straight years," said Halom from his office Thursday. "They had to go to class every day. They had to read assignments and submit to tests, and they had to practice, practice, practice."

Halom says, on average, the former students paid about $16,000–$18,000 for the Sonography program, which he adds hasn't been offered since 2011.

In court Tuesday, the attorney representing LSC claimed that all of the plaintiffs knew the program was not accredited.

Both he and LSC spokespeople say they will not comment on pending litigation.

A mediation between both sides will be held in August. A trial has been scheduled in Duluth for November.

Billy Wagness
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