Student & Graduate Reviews (9)
Once Techskills got my money and I signed up for a program I was pretty much on my own. There are no actual instructors and I felt as though the staff at Techskills really didn't care one way or another how I did. There is a lot of computer based instruction but it did not prepare me for real world applications. In the end, it was essentially a waste of money.
Videos used were freebies found on the internet. On site instructor was lame, unable to answer questions, mostly deflected and suggested the problem reporting system. System had feature for students to report problems and ask questions, and by the time I finished, I had over 200 problem tickets open. The questions and problems (with instructional material and quizzes) were not being answered. First reason given: They were busy answering all questions (the medical track as well as the IT track (Cisco's in addition to the Microsoft SQL Server, Networking, etc.) and would get to them as soon as they could. Then told they were busy working on the update to the program (to next version of SQL Server), then told "they" were busy working on reports for management in anticipation of the school being sold. School closed shortly after my first attempt to pass the MCITP certification. The test was enlightening. While I faired well in the first certification test having used Google to gain understanding where the teaching was insufficient, the second revealed pretty much what I had thought regarding what was taught on the way to the MCITP - very little new taught, and the exam had questions regarding topics which were not covered. So what I thought was going to be a self-paced, likely shorter time frame to get Microsoft certified, ended up being a wasted year with little to show. Oh, and I still feel like I should apologize to every American for the wasted money dumped into this school via the Workforce Investment Act. While I've been out of the workforce while raising my son, I have 7 years experience in IT as a COBOL programmer prior to that. Please don't waste your time and money. I was told this company also taught at company's like Go Daddy, etc. No way. That's all I've got to say. I went to this school when the gal at the Workforce Career Center gave me a pamphlet for it. Seemed a recommendation to me, but I'm sure she'd It was anything of the kind. She told me another person going for the MCITP had reported the same experience, and had chosen to pay for schooling on his own to get the CompTIA A+ certification to get a help desk job. Only way you're going to earn the MCITP through this program is if you already know everything before you begin. Good luck. Oh. They have you sign that you aren't going to use a brain dump site. Some of the IT students were thinking of making that their next step,
Below is the feedback I am submitting to Techskills. The quality of this establishment has gone downhill very, very quickly. A couple of items for clarification: I am currently enrolled in the Interconnecting Cisco Devices 2 Online Course. In short -- RUN. FAST. This course is nothing short of a disaster. Each unit after the first was rife with problems; courseware was initially completely missing in Unit 2, and all throughout subsequent units, videos were either lacking or they were plainly from the old ICND1 course (the one that I just finished). The Testprep practice tests were EMBARRASSINGLY out of sorts. Many of the questions were missing graphics that they referenced, had incorrect graphics, or in the case of one, had some pretty glaring typographical errors. I could plainly see after visiting How2Pass.com that many of the questions were shamelessly ripped from that site (and even then, many of them were still incorrectly done so). The final unit which covered IPv6 and IPv6 routing had only 4 questions which appear to have been arbitrarily selected (only one of them referenced IPv6). The CBTs used in the course - while helpful - are from 2007 and appear to have been downloaded from CBT Nuggets and rehosted. In addition, my instructor has become unresponsive. I submitted a request on 01/02 to have my final exam unlocked so that I could be finished with this course, and here we are, almost 01/10, and I have not even received so much as a reply to my email. I'm disgusted that my company is paying you guys $1,400 for this course. The first three courses I did through Techskills (A+, Network +, and ICND1) were spot-on and extremely helpful. This one was shamefully put-together, and I will most assuredly NOT use Techskills again. Test questions ripped off from How2Pass, videos ripped off from CBT Nuggets, and a text book do not make a college-level course, which this is supposed to be.
I was computer illiterate when I started school in this sharks den. My vocational goal was to become a computer support specialist in one year.Just look in dice.com at the requirements for that job. Run do not look back!
I've read numerous complaints about TechSkills over the last several months and I have to say, as someone who has referred 2 friends and 1 family member to this training institution, I can't imagine why there are so many dissatisfied and disgruntled complainers.
First, this school is not like a 2 or 4 year degree college. They do not have instructor led curricula. They offer self paced, hands-on training. They have instructors who are there to provide you with one on one assistance if you need it. For adults, it's flexibility is unmatched by the schools' competitors.
What the school does require of you however, is that you put in at a minimum of 15 hours per week toward your studies. Otherwise, you run the risk of not finishing the courses you enrolled in, in the time allotted. If anyone thinks they can sail through these courses and be spoon fed answers, this isn't the school for you. But if you have the motivation to change your life by changing your career choice or enhancing your existing work experience with industry certifications, you might want to seriously consider this school.
The Dallas campus provided me a wonderful, friendly environment with a staff that seems to genuinely care about its students success. You will not find this in ordinary colleges...to them you are a mere number!
As with anything in life, it is what you make it and you have to put in the effort to make it all rewarding!
I am now working as a Sr. Systems Administrator for a Fortune 500 company in Dallas. I went from making 42K a year to 64K after receiving certifications from TechSkills. I credit myself for having done the work but TechSkills gave me the tools to do it!
This is not a normal school.
1. You teach yourself 2. A person emails you an answer sheet so you check your own work. 3. You take a test,when the test is complete, it prints the score after the test is complete. 4. Nobody at this school is a teacher. 5. You and the government is being scammed out of your money!!! 6. If you were smart; you would not walk, but run from this so called school as fast as you can. 7. This is the god's honest truth; so help me god! 8. I'm writing this to worn people about this school; if you have a chance to go to college (TAKE IT); GET THE EDUCATION YOU DESERVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had a chance to go to college and believed TechSkills instead! I screwed up BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This school doesn't teach you everything you need to know before taking the CompTIA exams. You get questions that you aren't familar with on the certification exams.
Nothing is perfect, but I feel the programs are solid... They really helped me determine which to enroll in, and provided the support (note: they did not do it for me--as some people seem to expect...) to help me--and my boyfriend, who encouraged me to get started-- reach our goals.
If you want to just enroll and pay and expect the work to get done for you--you'd better either play college football exceedingly well, or pick another program... If you want a quality product from humans that know what they are doing, this is a solid place.
Sure, check out your options, but for our money, we're very glad we chose Tech Skills... We both got the certifications we needed, and are extremely happy with our choice. I wouldn't have gone had it not been for my boyfriend's testing the waters, and I'm glad I got first hand positive information before I enrolled...