Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC) Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (25)
School used to be great. I graduated in 07 with honors just around the time Lincoln tech was taking over. They ruined it. Completely. It's a shame too, there used to be no better place to learn about auto and diesel technology, but now it's a sham. They just want your money.
As others have said, If you go there to learn you will, if you go to screw around away from your parents you are wasting time and money. Before I graduated NADC I was offered a job at a Cat off highway dealer in Nashville with all tools on a new service truck supplied and benefits. I did not take the job because I had two job offers to choose from back home waiting on me when I graduated. By the way I hated the big city! I started out at a hi performance shop where we built dragsters from the ground up, I would do everything from the electrical to the engine and all the drivetrain. I worked there for years until people learned that I knew what I was doing. After that I opened up my own shop working on hi performance, heavy equipment, and daily drivers. I kept this shop open until 2003 when the local high school wanted me to teach Automotive, this came in handy at the time for me because of health problems. I never would have thought I would be teaching Automotive where I started the trade in high school. I actually enjoy teaching the younger generation about the automotive Industry. I have also learned that if a student truly wants to learn about the trade they will learn, if they are not interested they are wasting the time and money of everyone in the circle. In short NADC was a very good school when I attended if you wanted to learn. In my class there were students that were there for the wrong reason and they did not benefit from there time at NADC. Make a wise decision about your future, choose something you enjoy doing so you don't dread going there everyday.. I have sent several students over the years and most of them have excelled in the automotive or heavy diesel trade. I do not know how it is since Lincoln Tech has took over, but NADC was a very good school for serious technicians.
Left home at 18 ( first time 450 miles away) home sick for a couple of days,then made new friends(home sick no more). Had a great year, learned a great deal with hands on with the equipment. In 1960-61 there were no text books-the instructor wrote all information and diagrams on to the black board, and guess who had to copy them into our notebooks. The see it-read it-listen to it-,do it method worked great(Super Instructors) Worked for three major trucking companies,retired after 34 years,moved on to another career in welding & fabrication, then assistant welding instructor at a local community college, retired again (FOR GOOD ???). One of my instructors said "you will never get rich as a mechanic, but you can make a very good living"He was right. I have NASHVILLE AUTO DIESEL COLLEGE to thank for my training.In the trucking industry I met a good many other mechanics that attended NADC and all stood out over most learn as you go mechanics.
If you plan to go back home to a small town in the South don't waste your money . I picked up a few things but not enough to justify the expense. My advice is to find a job in the industry and work your way up. I had to do that after I went to NADC but 20 grand out of pocket. Money my parents paid but could have been better spent . The school is in a rough part of town with hookers and bums around the campus.
The school is absolutely horrible. From the moment I walked in the door they were lying. My rep was Corey and I told him I couldn't do in class work well, so he said oh it's almost all hands on. I'm in my third mod...around day 70 and I might have seven days in shop. It is the biggest waist of time. The instructors are some of the smartest technicians around but they are the worst teachers around. They charge you thirty thousand and give you a 500 dollar teacher. Horrible school!!!!!!!!!!! Oh did I mention there was a armed robbery across the street then a couple days later a huge drug raid in the house right beside the school. Parents better think twice before sending your kids here and they set them up for failure. They DO NOT I repeat DO NOT want you to succeed they get paid either way because of the way they charge the veterans for the school. Its a joke.
Look elsewhere. Campus is dirty. The kids are all idiots. It's basically a dumping ground for kids who don't want to go to college. I read lots of reviews saying that you get what you take out of it and that's true. I have a 4.0 and %100 attendance and am on track to having a great career. But I could have gotten a much better experience and education elsewhere. My jaw hurts from gritting my teeth all day because of the stupidity of the kids here. I have had some excellent teachers here who are very knowledgable but they all cater to the lower end kids. I'm not saying you won't learn much here but you will do much better if you look at some other options. The other thing is I have 4 months left of classes and am being forced to switch from night classes to morning which completely ruins my work schedule. They told me this with less than a months notice. Look elsewhere.
Where do I start... First off Nashville is a great place don't get me wrong but as far as goin to NADC... DO NOT GO. The school is all about money that's all. I been there for one module and stop goin. Mr.black worst teacher there is all he do is talk and talk about nothing. If your recruiter told you that you won't have book work he is a damn lie . Each module you go through there's book work and you barley get to see the shop. College park is the ghetto side of the school I would not want to stay on that side if I was you . Douglas is where I was it's pretty nice an chilled. The dorms there are nasty. My first week there my room mate and I was fighting off roaches, spiders, and other types of bugs. There's no wifi or cable there the dorms are nasty and unclean. About the only thing I can say is good about that school is the food. But the meal plains they have are point less. There's the 10 meal plain and 15 meal plain. They each are designed for u not to eat on the weekends. With the 15 meal plain u can eat 3x a day mon-fri. With the 10 meal plain u can eat 2x a day mon-fri so chooses wisely how to eat.
This is a fabulous school. Anybody that has anything bad to say about this school either got suspended or expelled because they thought it was smart to come down here and party hardy. And that's now what it's about. If you're on time. Have social skills, can make friends and have commen sense then learning at this school will not be a problem. They have a sophisticated curriculum. I love it down here. Teachers are nice. Students are nice. Every now and then you get a rotten egg. But what school doesn't have a bad student? The lunch is amazing. All you can eat buffet, desert, fountain drinks, breakfast, everything. 3 times a day, 7 days a week. If you get the meal plan. You won't starve. Trust me. The financial aid program is wonderful also, I only had to pay 10,000 to go to this school. And I have until 6 months after I get my first job to pay it off. All the negatives you hear about this school. Are slow paced people. Slow minded, and should have went to a 2-year technical school. You gotta be quick on your feet and already have a good understanding of what feild you're going into. Or you'll be lost. So in other words. Don't go just cause daddy and mommy told you to. Don't go to party. And don't go to waste your time. If you're gonna go. GO! Be punctual, follow the uniform dress code, return back from breaks on time. Keep your ears open and your mouth shut. And you'll be successful at this school.
I had a good time at NADC when I went. I had a pretty easy time going through the school, growing up on a farm we did most all our own shop work I could rebuild pickup engines and rebuilding auto transmissions at 15. But there was a lot I picked up at NADC, I had a local job lined up before I got out of school and have never had more than 1 day between jobs. I now farm and own a Heavy Duty Tow/Recovery company I went to NADC in 87-88 school year
My time at NADC was well worth it--with this background I could get a job anywhere I wanted. I was a Lincoln Mercury technician. But also Mercury & OMC technician. Lincoln Mercury- Ford began testing in 1984 and with my knoledge wasn't left behind like most of the old time mechanics. Not military but did retire the second time from Red River Army Depot. Retired now.