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June 2013 graduate of ITT Tech in High Point, NC, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Systems Security (ISS), which they are phasing out. Also December 2010 graduate with the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Networking Systems (CNS) which has been phased out. I haven’t checked on this site in a while. The one thing that I don’t understand is, in a few of the recent post the people that have written them, fed off of the recruiter telling them that they are promised a job or an internship near the end of the 2 year degree. Slap yourself for falling for that. You really think that people that actually go to an actual university fall for that. But yet these are the people that are writing bad reviews about the school. This basically put their mindset on the table. These are the people that in this day and age are use to everything to be handed to them so they are the individuals that have their hands out. My experience over the last four and half years, (the reason I say 4 ½ because I had to wait for other students to catch up to fill the classes.), wasn’t as bad as others to depict the school to be. Of course you’ll have good and bad time, duh that’s life. Like a said in my previous post just because you may have 2 – 3 different instructors for one class doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t happen on the job. Really, it’s in human nature to adapt to change and if not you really need to work that issue out. Just because your favorite instructor, manager, director on the job resigns or is fired doesn’t mean you should stop what you are doing to better yourself. I guess when I heard a few of the past instructors that I had, they would mention that we are receiving more info then they did when they was enrolled in school, because all they received was all theory. They didn't get actual hands-on experience like we was getting. So what, the software are hardware is old you think that a company is going to upgrade to that new hardware or software that’s hot on the market? You know how much that would cost a hospital, or a high school to upgrade all that even with the man hours it would take to do the upgrades, cot of hiring contractors to do the job that you have full-time employees do for a cheaper cost. That stuff adds up. Companies just don’t jump ship to new things. There are such things as SLAs, (Service Level Agreements) in place in that package with vendors. How many schools do you know, (if you've done research), actually give you lab training dealing with Linux OS, or running Servers virtually using virtual machines. Or, help you fine tune your resumes and give you feedback after you do mock interviews, to let you know what you need to improve on. Some of the things that you will learn is that when you actually utilize the tools giving to you and do job research some of the companies out there don't even know what a virtual machine is. Do you? Do you know the cost cutting measures that virtual machines provide? Possibly no, because you read so many bad reviews from people that didn't get past the 2nd or 3rd quarter. Just because you go to school and get a degree doesn't mean jobs are going to flock to your feet that is with any school. Go to your career counselor and set down and talk to them. at the same time you find and apply for jobs. People are not going to help you if they say you’re not trying to help yourself. I talk to my career counselor and also, did my own thing. The career counselor got me like 2 or 3 interviews. What I did for myself I got myself 7 interviews. People are not going to throw jobs at you. For the work I've done myself I finally found a job and have already started before I even initially graduated. Did the career counselor help me? No. I helped myself. So after eight months of being without a job. I finally got a job. Not because of school but, because of my own personal drive.
My overall experience with this business was mixed. I would recommend that a person, who wishes to achieve a degree, to seek it out from an accredited university or community college. If one wishes to acquire, on the job skills, as in trade work. Then this business might be worth your attention. Even then I would only recommend that one considers this business for training if they are seeking a Technology focused job. I completed the course work for a bachelors program for Information Security Systems at the Troy, MI campus in 2011. During that time have observed much of ITT’s operation and have criticisms and compliments. When I first enrolled I was not seeking a degree but rather to acquire technical skills that would improve my knowledge of IT/IS. That I did do. But many other students there had the expectation that a “degree” earned there would guarantee a rewarding career. I believe many others were misled by the sales pitch provided to them by the recruiting staff, that this would be the case. Likewise, the enrollment process featured, what was termed as an “Entrance Exam” which was in actuality a simple series of problem solving questions. The questions were terribly easy and I believe meant to boost the confidence of applicants so that they would be more likely to agree to enrolment terms. This gives way to my next criticism. The poor student body which is made up of people who do not take work seriously, in that the serious students are far outnumbered by the not serious ones. The same people who leave ITT with substandard skills, leave bad impressions on prospective employers, and make it difficult for the serious ones to find work. The cost of these courses, though it has beneficial information, is ruinously expensive. I have earned one of their bachelors degrees and am in debt over 60K. Thankfully institution from which I borrowed has a professional staff and is offering assistance with my loan payments. The instructors ran the gambit from highly knowledgeable and professional (at least in the IT course) to absolutely feckless. Thankfully the IT instructors were highly knowledgeable professionals. The lab work offered was the most beneficial. The equipment at my school, though in short supply, was in good working order and helped me to develop skills that I use in my current line of work. The career services were likewise helpful. These ones helped me to construct my resume and find work within my field. The only true advantage I would say that this business has over a community college is the faced paced, and focused, curriculum, which surpassed my experience at Community College, which had a confusing curriculum map and left enrollment entirely up to the students. In closing, this business did help me to acquire trade skills and did better my knowledge of Computer Networked systems and is the same knowledge which I used to acquire my industry certifications. They assisted me with resume creation and job placement in my field. However, consider that this is a business whose main concern is getting bodies in their class seats. There are almost no enrollment requirements or restrictions. So expect a mob of people claiming to be students. The expense for these courses are comparatively high. If you are interested with learning a trade then stick to the Associates program. Only then focus on the courses for which ITT Tech is best known. That is Computer Networking, Media design, Drafting and electronics. The other courses are expansions meant to draw in more customers. As for me the whole experience was somewhat beneficial, but I have made the decision, that once my debt is in control, to seek out a degree back at the community college.
I attended ITT Technical University for the purpose of starting a new career, and augmenting my computer technology skills. Upon enrollment I took the tour of the school and was impressed with what I saw. The Recruiter was very friendly and accommodating to me and tailored my program to my needs. That was the beginning of my nightmare in education. There were a few instructors, who really cared about students learning for the most part, but there were times when there was not enough equipment to go around for all of the labs, and much of the classes were online. I am an in-your-face kind of person and interfacing with instructors is what I most prefer. But I do understand that because I was working fulltime, I needed to take some classes on line. Math, Physics and technical classes should not be online. When you have problems and needed to contact an instructor online you had to wait at least 48 hours before you got a response and because you were testing out of subjects every week; if the instructor contacted you 48 hours later and they did not answer your question, you would have to e-mail them again and wait another 48 hours before you got that response. By the time you got a response to your second request you were already taking an exam and you would have to pretty much fin for yourself. This happened several times to me. I drove a tour bus while attending ITT and it was convenient for me to travel because all I had to do was find a campus location and do my work. But the online classes were so difficult when it came to math and physics, that I had a tour group in Indiana, and while I was there I went to ITT headquarters and spoke to the director who put these subjects online. I explained to him that the way the classes were set up online were too difficult for students who were in need of interfacing with the instructors. He apologized and told me that the classes were going to stay online even though they were experiencing over a 65% failure rate with their student body. I started a petition drive to have the technical and math, physics classes put into a classroom. Over 75% of the student body signed those petition at my location and by the time I graduated from the school, those classes were slated to be brought back into the classroom. The director from what I understand was fired or forced to resign. I graduated with a 3.88 GPA, would have had a 3.9 if the instructor would have corrected an error in m Physics final. The formula that was in the poorly written text books that we used was presented wrong and this is the formula that I used when working out the problem on my final. When I brought it to the attention of the instructor that the formula in the book was wrong and that was the basis for my answer, they refused to change my grade. ITT technical Institute is nothing more than a for profit school and it cost me $40,000.00 dollars in student loans to attend. I am still paying the loan off to this day. I would not recommend this school to anyone; they are only interested in getting a warm qualified butt into the seats and sign the student loan affidavits. From there you are on your own for the most part.
ITT was the best decision I ever made. It was hard to deal with while going there, but if you stick with it and work hard (like everything in life) it will pay off. DO NOT listen to those who talk negative about ANYTHING you want to do, to better your self. these people currently think there better than you and are afraid of felling inferior. So go for it, do what ever it takes, make the best of any situation where your trying to work hard. I don't care if its a trade school achieving a certificate or a college achieving a masters, it works the same way. If you don't chase after what you want, there'll be nothing to chase after.
I read a lot of the reviews, so sad wish I would have read them before I enrolled. Enrolled because of the ITT name and accreditation, what a mistake. Feel I wasted 45,000 and Two years of my life. I believe that its like a car lot and your another sucker, should have just bought a car.
Most expensive waste of paper ever. Not to mention if you ever need transcripts they hold them until you pay up. They have cost me tons and even if you do pay them, they still lose all your paperwork constantly, are unprofessional idiots. They have zero customers service. YOU ARE A PRIVATE SCHOOL, get that through your thick skulls you have to be nice to students or they write reviews.
If you are testing for police departments do not go to this school. A LOT OF departments will not take your transcripts from here, they know its a joke too.
In September 2008 at the age of 29 I decided to go back to school. I chose ITT-Tech because their schedule made it easy for me. I was driving a truck working 60 hours a week but I was off of work by 5pm so I could make 6pm classes. The recruiter did try and sell me on the school by telling me that I was going to double my income as soon as I graduated. Luckily for me, my best friend works in IT so I knew that was a lie from the beginning. I will be the first to admit that you get out of a school what you put into it. I learned to go on very little sleep and it was during this time that my son became addicted to video games because I tended to sit him in front of a game while I was working on homework. I am not blaming ITT for that, just pointing out that I did sacrifice for the sake of my education. The first three semesters were not that bad. There were issues with some of the labs not working but at that point, we had not hit the classes with a lot of labs yet. By the fourth semester it was becoming obvious that ITT was a for profit business and not an educational institution. What should have been lab intensive classes became vocabulary lessons because none of the labs worked. Moving back and forth from virtual networks to physical networks, trying to get some sort of functioning lab environment, we constantly lost several weeks of class time. Each time the chair would tell you that they knew what the problems were and by next quarter the lab class rooms would be fixed. In my two years there we went through four IT department chairs. The fifth quarter was even worse. I finally talked my friend into teaching at the school to see if he could figure out what was going on with this school. He taught one semester and told me that he wishes that he would have taught there before I enrolled, he said that he would have told me to stay away. His words were that the IT Chair was a "Bumbling Idiot who was teaching because he could not do IT work in the real world." He also told me that the reason that none of the labs worked was because the classes were not set up to do the labs as specified in the books and that the IT guy there on site did not know how to set the room up for labs. He went on to say that none of the IT teachers knew how either so they were not about to let the students mess with the network. He offered to help but they would not let him. But at this point I was too far along to quit. They did hire a IT guy later who could have fixed the network so that our labs would work but he told us that corporate would not allow him to separate the lab rooms from the network so that we could run labs. We continued to struggle with virtual networks that did not work correctly. We did have several good teachers there it was just that none of them stayed. The teachers that stayed were the ones who had no clue what they were talking about. We had clueless teachers paired with labs that did not work. One of the most infuriating things that happened was in my last two quarters they hired a guy to teach the Cisco classes. He had not touched a router or a switch in years and was sitting up all night reading the book so he could try and teach us something despite the fact that as usual, the labs did not work. But that was not the worst part. The worst part was that the guy was a server admin who had experience with windows and Linux servers. The guy would have been perfect for one of our server classes but he even admitted that he didn't know what he was doing with routers and switches. The guy who taught us Windows server 03 was a glorified help desk guy who had limited knowledge of some AD work. We also went through 3 Linux teachers, each one worse than the other and run off from the school. I landed my first IT job in January of 2010. It was a contract job and I took a substantial pay cut to get into the field. I don't blame ITT for that. I knew that was going to have to happen. It was an entry level position on a very large help desk. I was working with people from all of the 2 year vocational schools from around the city as well as a few self taught guys. Most of those guys were way ahead of the ITT guys. I could personally attest for all of the ITT guys on that job, we all went to class and tried as hard as we could to make the labs work. We had all taken the stuff home and tried to learn it there. We were all honors students but the fact was it was showing how poor of an education we were receiving. We were watching guys from the state run vo-tech school. They paid about a tenth of what we paid, their labs worked and they were even getting certifications while still in school. Certifications where part of their course. Several of them started after us and quickly advanced ahead of us. While I was happy for them, it did show what a poor choice I made in my school. I graduated in September of 2010. There were about 40-50 of us and more than ¾ of the class graduated with honors. I had a 3.83 GPA. It wasn't very hard at all. If you show up, do the home work and show that you care about your career, you made a B at worst. I knew several people who graduated with honors and would not even apply for jobs in their fields because they did not have the confidence to go for an interview. I am in the process of going back to school again. This time I knew enough to chose a school that was not a for profit business and one that had an accreditation that was actually worth having. My ITT degree is hung above my toilet paper holder in the bathroom at my house. The sign says "If out of toilet paper, use this degree." What I have also learned is that the financial aid department at ITT really needs to be investigated. I ended up in a ton of private student loans at ITT when there was plenty of Pell Grant and government subsidized loans to cover my education. This go around, going to a real University, I ended up with no private student loans. And if you do any research on the private loan companies ITT gets your money from, you learn that the companies are owned by ITT. It is a scam. I have been in IT for three years now and have added certifications to my resume so that I could drop ITT from it. That name on your resume is a career killer. I have an A+ as well as several Microsoft certs. I have a MCITP and hold dual MCSA certifications. I have not advanced as far as I feel I should have. No matter how much I learn, I still feel like I am behind others with same amount of time in IT as I have. I feel like I started with a disadvantage because I went to ITT. I could have done better had I just bought the books and studied for the certs myself. A degree is not needed to be an IT Tech. I can think of a lot of things to call ITT but Educational Institution is not one of them.
I'm about to graduate from ITT it would be from another college had I looked here first.The only thing the local ITT has is a lady in career services she has actually helped me. I am now going to be in debt over 40,000 dollars while making less than 30k currently with no change in sight. She was able to place me in my field just not a great position.
As for classes they were a joke. Many of the labs and projects we were unable to complete due to lack in equipment and materials. Questa the online program they use is horrible only works with IE and you have to enable pop-ups. The professors online can't help you if Google can't. Because that is pretty much the same thing they give you is what Yahoo answers said or some other site.
I may attend another college to feel as though I have actually achieved a degree and not just paid dearly for 2 yrs. for a piece of paper that may or may not help me to achieve gainful employment.Oh and most of the online professors are only online and available from 9-5 while you're at work. A limited few of the professors cared. They do change frequently and the online classes are by far the worst I've heard of or personally had the pleasure in dealing with. Had my credits been able to transfer I would have left long ago but the amount I have already paid put me so far in debt the only option I feel I have is to complete the course and hope that it will be helpful in the future and not laughed at and discarded.
I hope everyone considering going to ITT does their research I didn't and it cost me dearly, 40,000 dollars, two years, and a lot of headaches for a degree that may be next to worthless when trying to obtain a good position at a decent company.
I'm not quite able to call ITT Tech a scam, because they actually do provide a campus, and provide some people who call themselves instructors to repeat things that they learned that day or the day before.
I'm not quite sure if the tuition listed on this website is quarterly, but my loans totaled $47,000, WAY MORE than the $19000 listed.
While I was a student there, I was aware that they were teaching things that they themselves had learned the night before, a number of teachers told me just that.
ITT graduates people who don't understand the most fundamental of the coursework. Teachers would typically leave the room when midterms were being taken, most people would cheat off of notes or other people. Their bottom line is passing people through their system as quickly as they could.
I am also aware that whenever a graduate got a job they would take credit. That is, if I got a job at McDonalds flipping burgers, the counselors would take credit for that.
I have recently stopped attending itt due to their horrible ethic. I was told upon signing up they would work with any work schedule, this was a LIE. They have horrible student services, teachers that do not respond to emails or work with you at all. I wish I had researched before I spent my money.
TRUST ME DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE!!!!!!!