Ex-Edison board member calls nursing scandal "disgusting"
Dr. David Klein: "shocked...disgusted" over accreditation scandal
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FORT MYERS - A former Edison State College board member and long time donor to the college's nursing program says this latest scandal is "disgusting."
"Unacceptable is a polite word," said Dr. David Klein, when reached by phone.
Klein has donated a quarter million dollars to the college's flagship nursing program and has some harsh words for the college.
While he still believes in Edison's mission, he's now calling on the board of trustees and Dr. Walker to make things right and "restore the college's reputation."
"I feel terrible for these nurses," said Klein. "I know a couple personally that have gone through this and they're just shocked and horrified."
The bachelor of science in nursing program is not accredited but the school's associate degree program is. While it's not mandatory to have, some students say they were lied to about the program's accreditation status.
One student told us she's having a hard time getting into graduate schools, because most schools require degrees from accredited programs.
"That just makes it even less acceptable," said Klein. "And really, really disgusting."
College officials say the nursing program is on track to be accredited by next spring. Klein says the college needs to do "whatever it takes" - including holding town hall forums - to restore the trust of taxpayers, donors and students.
"The people who caused this," said Klein, "need to pay their debt because of it."
MATT GRANT, REPORTER