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Test Mistake Boots Tulsa Welding Student From School

6:12 PM, Dec 6, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jayson Martinez had a rough week in his Tulsa Welding School class.

"They called me into the office and told me I was withdrawn from school," said Martinez.

Martinez, 26, is still trying to get over what he was told by the staff.

"I was shock because I worked hard during those three months and for them to tell me something like that I was shocked," he said.

The husband and father of three is working on an education in Electro Mechanical Technology, HVAC. He said it was going well until the school told him there was a mistake with his admission test.

"They just told me they did a mistake, they gave me the wrong test, I had to retake the test again, classes all over from day one," he said.

Martinez did not finish high school and he does not have a General Equivalency Diploma (GED); to be able to attend the school he has to take and pass a nationally standardized, independently administered exam called the Ability to Benefit test.

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Because of privacy laws the school cannot discuss his passing or failing of any admission test, but in order for the school to be in compliance with federal laws, Martinez has to take the test again.

Tom Brooks, a spokesperson for Tulsa Welding School, said he can't disclose everything due to privacy act, but he said the school is not to blame.

"He (Martinez) has a justifiable reason to be upset; this is based on his own doing," said Brooks.  "Everything has been voided; we will have to return the tuition money; he was not eligible to start school."

Even so, Brooks said the school has not given up on Martinez.  He said, "We are still trying to find a solution that can help him."

Martinez hopes it is a quick solution.

"This is something I really want to do, HVAC, now I have to start all over again," said Martinez.

The school is licensed and in good standing with the Florida Department of Education.

And since it receives federal dollars for tuition, it has to comply with federal regulations, one of which would be student eligibility.

The school reached out to martinez and told him he must retake the admission test, if he passes, he does not have to start over he can resume his education.

Martinez is please with the resolution.

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