Trident Technical College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
The whole school in general is just a freakin mess!! With financial aid, your left in the dark so stay on top of that. I've had to since the day I started this college. Getting in seemed ok, but after a while, a bunch of incompetent idiots took over. INSANE is beyond the word! I've had a new advisor each semester, which is not professional at all. The 7 week courses are horrible and it's hit or miss with the professors you get so check the website called ratemyprofessor.com it really does help. I do not recommend this college for anyone and actually ended up transferring to a different college to avoid having to fight for my grades, financial aid, and many other things. This school is such a hot mess! As for the nursing program, be prepared because their program is absolutely without a doubt the most difficult one by far with no need to be so difficult for students. If you attend this college be prepared to guide yourself through and find out what classes you need and how to get the degree you want. It's very poorly run and the retention rate is over 60% and a graduation rate of 11%. Just be careful if you attend this college, there are better ones out there.
My main concern with this college is not the faculty (they're caring and awesome), rather the staff - namely the financial aid department and its processes. I'm wondering if this department is understaffed. Good luck getting email replies or a friendly person on the phone if you do happen to get a call back on questions. Things move slow. Certain staff act as if it's their personal money they're handing out and they don't want to part with it by awarding it to you. ATTITUDE big time. Just be nice...especially when those you come in contact with are nice to you. I think calls need to be monitored and addressed accordingly. Ultimately staff are being paid to provide a service and along with that is the expectation that that service will include reasonably friendly and helpful communication - not resistance and purposely trying to make things hard for students. New students, be prepared to: wait a long time for things to happen, get minimal feedback, encounter some uunfriendliness (not everyone but there are a few who have a serious tone), expect processes to be handled in a way that's kind of hard to understand (compared both to nothing else and my experiences elsewhere). Why does TTC go through all these financial aid processes every 7 weeks? Makes no sense. Cof C has a program that does the 7 week class thing but their financial aid is still on a semester schedule and works like clockwork. The way TTC financial aid does things is madness!
I attended this technical college while still in high school. Because of this, I participated in very condensed courses. They were 7-9 week classes, so I always had to make sure I kept up with all of my assignments, or otherwise I would very quickly fall behind. Despite the reputation technical colleges get for lack of educational quality, I genuinely believe that I received a fantastic education in the sciences at this college. Some teachers were fantastic, whil others are memorable. But overall, Trident Technical College was great.
There are several satellite campuses for Trident Technical College. The school was made that way to make it more convenient for students to attend school while working and succeeds, because it means that you can schedule the classes you need at the campus that is closest to you. Though specialty courses would be taken at the campus that caters to them. I have attended at two of the many campuses, the Berkeley and the Main campus. Both campuses are friendly in atmosphere and the staff is kind and helpful with the success of students in mind. For class, like every other school, you do have the occasional teacher who doesn't really care for the students and is just there for a paycheck. However, Trident has implemented a review system for the students to try and fix that issue. So there are more teachers there for the love of teaching than the money. There is also the mix-mode option for classes, which is a class that is spent half in lecture with your instructor, half online for assignments and such. This option is a combination of the two opposing options of fully online, which makes attending easier for a student that has issue attending a class with a teacher for whatever reason, and a full lecture class, which has a student sitting in a classroom a couple hours for given days of the week. The only down side to classes at Trident is the way the classes are set up. Each class is seven weeks instead of the standard fourteen. Which can be helpful in some classes like English perhaps, but is purely unreasonable for classes like Anatomy and Physiology. This is so, because for classes in which it is required that you know the information intimately in a way such that it is known inward and outward with its applications, functions, and procedures, the seven week class is too short for retention of all that knowledge. Many classes, such as those for medical and engineering, have now become feeder classes, in which it is rather difficult to retain all of the information required beyond the final exam date without an amazing memory and determination that exceeded the actual class. Even teachers find it difficult to manage under the seven week class system because they feel rushed. Whether it be fortune or misfortune, the seven week schedule is the only down side to attending at Trident, be it for attending one of their specialized programs or for getting an associates degree to transfer to another school. Trident is a great school to attend. Just be sure that your credits will transfer to the next institution, if that is your plan. Luckily, Trident even has an evaluation transfer page for that. Just talk to your advisor.
The whole school in general is just a mess. The financial aid, your left in the dark. Getting in seemed ok, but after a while, a bunch of incompetent dumb dumbs took over. INSANE. For the nursing program, hit or miss. I had some classes that just didn't have their stuff together at all. HOT mess. Others were outstanding. The program is very challenging, but it prepares you with a 98% chance of passing the NCLEX. You will hate them, and have a bad attitude. But in the end you will see it is worth it. (They do not try and trick you) I have been there.