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Recent College Graduate Sues Alma Mater Because She Hasn’t Found a Job

A recent college graduate from New York’s Monroe College is suing her alma mater for $72,000, because she cannot find a job. Trina Thompson, 27, of Bronx, New York, graduated from Monroe College in April with a bachelor of business administration degree in information technology.

On July 24, she filed suit against the college in Bronx Supreme Court, alleging that Monroe’s “Office of Career Advancement did not help [her] with full-time job placement.” In her complaint, Thompson seeks $70,000 in reimbursement for her tuition and $2,000 to compensate “for the stress of her three month job search.”

According to Thompson, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average and a solid attendance record. Thompson says that she has fulfilled her end of the job-search bargain by posting her cover letter and resume on Monroe’s Career Services website. However, she contends that Monroe has not done their part. “They’re supposed to say, I got this student her attendance is good, her GPA is all right. Can you interview this person? They’re not doing that,” she said.

She suggests that Monroe’s Office of Career Advancement shows preferential treatment to students with excellent grades stating, “They favor more toward students that got a 4.0. They help them more out with the job placement.”

Monroe College released a statement saying that “while it is clear that no college, especially in this economy can guarantee employment, Monroe College remains committed to working with all its students, including Ms. Thompson, who graduated only three months ago, to prepare them for careers and to support them during their job search.”

For more information see: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/03/new.york.jobless.graduate/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

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