When it started he was in his late forties and gainfully employed as a laborer. Probably not the path he or his family had planned but, after many years of not working at all it seemed like progress.
He left this job to take a course in bricklaying despite the fact there was no possible way he could ever get an apprenticeship at his age. But the predatory educator was happy to see his dip into his savings for the tuition, and help him complete the forms that would allow them to access additional government funds. Funds that presumably the government intends to help provide training for jobs people might actually be able to get, benefitting themselves and society.
Of course there was no job to be had (he couldn't even get his old job back) so in addition to losing a year of potential earning he squandered still more on a fruitless job search.
An almost universal truth in business is that it's easier to sell more product to an existing customer than to acquire a new customer, and this predatory educator was quick to exploit that. Over the next several years they would continue to sell him increasingly useless education, and encourage him to follow career paths that were increasingly preposterous.
Someone who was working, saving, and contributing to society has become a career student, squandering the few years of earning potential they have left and draining their savings even as the ridiculous "college" misuses government funds. This system is hideously broken.