Everest Institute is located in Brighton, just a few miles from Harvard. But unlike the folks who attend Harvard to get a liberal arts education or study business, law or medicine, most Everest students aspire to be medical assistants, working in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Almost all are women, most from working-class and/or immigrant backgrounds.
I became pretty well acquainted with the school through a family member who completed her medical assisting training at Everest, and even visited a few times to see what the curriculum was like and help decipher some paperwork. She recently received a letter from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office; apparently Everest (owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc.) is being investigated on several fronts (UPDATE: Everest Institute has since closed).