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Six African American Men Allege Discrimination by Central Piedmont Community College Program Chair

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Six men are alleging that the Physical Therapy Assistant program chair Ilene Wiener dropped them from PTA course that their race may have played a factor. Each of the men paid up to $900 dollars to take the course. They allege that Ms. Wiener, who was also the instructor of the class the men all attended, changed the grading methods to force them out of the class. The men said they went through an appeals process but with the instructor also being the program chair, the matter would have to go through her and they said it is inappropriate for her to act as the final arbitrator. Some of the men fear being blackballed in the Charlotte’s regional health care industry by going public with their story but feel that they must make there story known. They fear past students have also experienced discrimination in the PTA program offered at Central Piedmont Community College that serves around 70,000 students per year. There have also been concerns that Ilene Wiener is teaching inco