Former Alpine College Student About Abrupt Closure: 'Writing On The Wall'
SPOKANE, Wash. - "He saw the handwriting on the wall." That was the message one of our viewers sent to Dan Kleckner in a phone call following the closure of Alpine College in Spokane Valley last week.
Charles "Buck" Rogers was a student at Alpine College back in 2008 and 2009 and told KHQ there were so many problems with his Low Voltage Data Cabling class that the state had to step in.
"We had no tools, we had a janitor actually teach some of the class, the instructor that we had actually quit," Rogers said. "The school's a sham."
Rogers, as well as another student, filed complaints with the Workforce Training Educating and Coordinating Board (WTECB), the state organization that licenses hundreds of vocational schools in Washington. They investigated the College and determined administrators had jumped the gun on starting the program.
Officials from the WTECB told KHQ Thursday that Alpine did have to refund the students their money and that specific program eventually started back up again some time later.
While the Low Data Cabling class fell under, a different problem was brewing surrounding the school's former Executive Director, Genevieve Taylor. Court documents filed in Spokane County Superior Court show Taylor "mismanaged" the College financials. According to court papers, an audit revealed Taylor used credit cards for personal purchases in the amount of $45,000.
Alpine College owner Kevin Williams later fired her for her alleged mismanagement.
Taylor now faces first degree theft charges for allegedly trying to embezzle that $45,000 from the College.
Williams is a witness in the case.
Meanwhile, Rogers said it is hard to watch new students go through similar problems. "It brings back a little frustration. That's why I got a hold of Dan (Kleckner) just because I knew before they were - something was going to happen."
The court documents also show that another witness in the case told investigators that Taylor once justified spending the college's cash because Kevin Williams "owed it to me."
Taylor's trial is set to start in June.
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