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On April 20, 2005, I paid $1457.95 for a course with The VLC. On February 02, 2007, I paid an additional $449 for the internship program. I have kept all past emails and correspondence, including receipts for payment and grades.

I was in the last part of the program and the school has disappeared. For the past several weeks, there have been no responses to emails or submitted assignments. In the latter part of November, 2009, I attempted to access the school forum and check my grades. I could not do either. I assumed there was a problem with the website and waited several weeks. In December 2009, I attempted again to contact the instructors and access the site. I can still access the site but no grades or forum. Emails are bounced back. Telephone numbers are disconnected. On December 23, I filed a complaint with the Ontario Canada BBB. On December 24, I saw notification that the company "appears to be out of business" on the BBB site.

Their student recruitment website http://www.thevlc.com/ is still up. There are several reputable organizations' logos on the bottom of the page, and a blurb that says " The Virtual Learning Center are proud members of AHIMA, AMBA, AAPC, adhi, and BBB". They are not. I have been in contact with 2 other VLC students and we have all been doing research. One student questioned these organizations. AHIMA claims never to have heard of them and their BBB membership has expired. She has not yet received replies from the others.

There are several names associated with the VLC. Owners are Stephen B. St. Louis, Bill Redford and Pat Filice. Others are Amy Rudd, Ken Mack, and instructors Carol Simpson and Linda Najar (who claims to be 'exclusive transcriber to the president of On-time Transcription').. Alternate methods of contacting these people have failed.

They are/were owned by a group called Mindsplore (Stephen B. St. Louis, Bill Redford and Pat Filice), along with http://www.homeworkers.org/. This is the information that is on their website;

Canada: Virtual Learning Center, 143 Main St. East, Suite 203, Hamilton, ON L8N 1G4 Canada

USA: Virtual Learning Center, 1925 Pine Ave., Suite 9035, Niagara Falls, NY 14301 U.S.A.

Phone : (905) 521-2193, Toll Free : (866) 539-1901, Fax : (905) 521-9799 (24 hr.)

Email : support@thevlc.com Hours : Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST (NONE OF WHICH IS WORKING)

Please assist me in resolving this. I want my money back, and I certainly don't want this happening to anyone else. I now have to begin researching other schools, who will not accept any grades or give credit for what I have learned. I have already asked. This is a time-sensitive issue, as my fulltime job ended last week, and I need to start back at square one. Not only am I out the $2000 that I paid, I have nothing to show for all of the work that I have completed.

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Vitor
#604562

So, after some health and family issues and continuing through some of my textbooks, I finally get a chance to get started with the virtual correspondence to find out the same as what many of have posted here.

v.a.p.azevedo@gmail.com

Anonymous
Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India #351030

I too paid for the program.However, I was told in '08 that the program did not support VISTA operating systems.

I was floored because that was all you could get on a laptop. I explained how I just got a lap top and that was the operating system. They told me too bad, maybe in the future. So I stopped putting forth the efforts.

They would not refund my money then. I went another direction, now I am heading back to where the transcription began (WI) and was interested in seeing if they had upgraded to VISTA.

Can't find 'em.Saw this post....go figure right?!

Anonymous
#229597

I also got ripped off by the VLC----same story as students above and no way to reach anyone or get in touch with anybody. Please help--anyone??

Susan Cain

Sooz112@msn.com

Anonymous
#227507

I PAID $990.00 ON 11/27/09 FOR THE MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION COURSE.I BEGAN THE COURSE AND LATER TOOK A BREAK.

WHEN I TRIED TO RESUME MY COURSE, THE WEBSITE, E-MAIL OR PHONE NUMBER DID NOT WORK. $990 IS A LOT OF MONEY FOR ME AND I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET MY CERTIFICATION. THEIR TOLL FREE # 866-539-1901 DOES NOT WORK. THEIR E-MAIL SUPPORT@THEVLC.COM DOES NOT WORK EITHER.

PLEASE HELP.

Damage Resulting = LOST MONEY AND AM NOT ABLE TO GET CERTIFIED.

CAN\'T DO ANYTHING WITH THE COURSE MATERIALS SINCE CANNOT GET CERTIFIED WITH ANOTHER SCHOOL USING VLC\'S MATERIALS.ANY HELP PLEASE SEND ME AN E-MAIL AT PKGOSAL@YAHOO.COM

Anonymous
#221717

Pat Filice recently ran for Mayor of Hamilton Ontario Canada in the Oct 2010 election.

He is a Lawyer in Hamilton Ontario Canada.

Filice Law 372 Stone Church Rd east, Postal code L9B 1B1, tel 905 912-2425, 905 383-0828

As for Stephen St.Louis his last address was 29 Mountain Avenue in Hamilton Ontario, Canada postal code l8P 4E8, tel 905 523 0560.

Try calling these numbers.

I hope this helps you na dyou can get your money back.

Regards,

Sorry for your loss

Anonymous
#221434

I'm contacting a a Class Actiion Litgation Attorney on Monday to see if I can get this resolved.However, it will take more than just myself for this lawsuit.

If he should decide to take it, he will need more than just my word. By helping me out, you will also be helping yourselves out as well. We all went into this course to help ourselves out.

We need to stand together and let them know, that we're NOT going to let them rip us off in this fashion.Please let me know if you are in at: NBROWN55@kc.rr.com

Anonymous
#221413

I too signed up for this course, and forked over $3000 in one payment.Sure,I received my materials, and a few of the online lessons.

I had to take a break in the course and when I tried to go back into it and low and behold I can't. Let me know if any of you have or are receiving any help in getting our money back.

Thank you!!NBROWN55@kc.rr.com

Anonymous
#220373

I thought about signing up a few years ago....I just saw all your complaints.Will keep you in my prayers.

Hope you all get your money back.:roll

Anonymous
#204011

I turned in a dispute with my credit card company and got my money back.I did belong to a group that was trying to figure out what was going on.

I guess his wife refused to give the money back to all of the students. I think they knew they were going to close down because the school went from 50 some employees to 3 when the school closed. There was one girl in the group that had her money taken from her after the school knew they were closing down so that would be considered as fraud. We contacted the police department in Canada and the guy working on the case said there was not fraud even though we had evidence.

There wasn't anywhere we could go with it.Good luck to everyone and I hope there is a solution, they shouldn't be able to get away with this.

Anonymous
#201931

Yup same here, I signed at the end of 2007, juggled 2 other jobs and was finally at the end of the transcription course when.....One day the site wasn't working! My money over 3000$ gone. If there is a list of people doing a law suit please let me know, I can't afford the loss.

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