DUE FOR A CHECKUP

STATE REGULATORS MULL THE FATE OF A CONTROVERSIAL TRADE SCHOOL'S NURSING PROGRAM.

According to Christie Samuelson, spokeswoman for the Colorado Guaranteed Student Loans program, 36 percent of the Concorde students who took out loans in 1990 defaulted, a rate she describes as high. Samuelson says there are no records for the default rate of Concorde students for the past two years, "which says to us that they are appealing the default rate as published by the U.S. Department of Education."

If trade schools post a default rate of more than 25 percent for three years running, their students are no longer eligible for government-backed loans.

Director Shepard did not return a telephone call. Instead he referred the call to Concorde president Jack Brozman in Kansas City, Missouri. Brozman's reply to student complaints about missing teachers: "When you went to school, didn't you have teachers who didn't show up sometimes?"

The 1988 lawsuit was filed by former students who didn't take responsibility for their own actions, Brozman says, adding, "You get out of an education what you put into it."

Brozman says he doesn't know why the nursing program's graduation was postponed. He adds that he will look into recent student complaints about the LPN program.

And the state's Brumley says if students have other complaints about the school, "now would be a good time to let us know. Before the report goes to the board.

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