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Very hands on instructors good what they do.
I post a few months ago about how the school was leaving me with nothing and shunning me away. Well, it turns out at the very last minute there was an opening in my off road power class. So, I feel I should give them credit for trying to find a place for me in the class. I am still disappointed by the way they held off on giving me the news of not being able to get in the class. But other than they got me right into it.
But like i said before the classes and instructors are really the best part of this school. and after talking to some instructors and other staff you'll find that they all care about what's going on with you and you're future. Especially Art Johnson the advanced outboard instructor and Amy Kelly the add - on specialist.
I started WyoTech in May of 2010. The courses and instructors were great and very informative. The downside is the administration. You're expected to complete a 9 month class divided into six 6 week modules. After 4 six week modules you have a choice of taking two more 6 week modules of advanced classes(diesel and outboards) or Off-Road classes, with a second option of taking either for another 2 six weeks to fill out a whole year. I asked my admissions rep. if she thought it would be a good idea if i signed a year lease at my apartment so i could take both of the advanced classes (which she insisted was an option) and of course she said "go for it".
So fast forwarding 9 months I was getting worried that I hadn't heard anything about re-doing any finances for staying down here the next three months. So I went into the office and asked if everything was still going OK and it was only THEN that they told me the class I planned all along to get into(after I was almost finished with my 9 month classes) was completely full and I wouldn't be able to get in. After several other students in my same situation complained, they said they would try to start a night class for the group of student's (around 15 kids).
Now they said it wasn't a sure thing, but they would let us know. So after a few weeks it was getting down to the wire and there was no word yet on the new night class. I went back in the office to ask about the class. It didn't happen. So instead of keeping us (the students) informed on what our future in Florida was going to be. The front office decided it was better we be kept in the dark until the very last minute. So now 2 weeks before rent was due I had to tell my landlord that we have to break lease and move back to my parents house with absolutely NO money. They left me hanging with absolutely nothing left because of a problem they technically should of seen coming 3 months before it happened. So if you're thinking about a tech school. I would strongly suggest looking elsewhere. You can get an actual degree from a lot of other places without paying nearly as much or go through half of the headache I had to go through.
P.S. Don't fall for their over the top niceness or empty promises when you're signing up either. My rep never even acknowledged me after I was in completely enrolled. and that high graduating percentage the school loves to shove in your face is only due to the fact that once you get into the advanced classes they'll pass you regardless of you're grade. THAT I KNOW FOR A FACT.
I attended Wyotec shortly after they had relocated to Ormand bch. I found the instructors to be prety cool and they helped those who wanted to learn. The tools and facility were fine with some growing pains of a new building. I found the tech. infomation not to be as up to date as it should, and I personaly noted several mistakes in the books ( hard cover and work book ) I attended at the age of 35 so this isnt a kids rant.
The youthful students were often late and hung over ( not all ) and while I was there the attendance policy had to be enforced causing lots of negativity. I drove 103 miles each way to and from with out ever missing a day, being late, or leaving early. I had an almost perfect GPA at graduation and a job waiting.
BUT with so many students being pushed through two different schools at each end of the country the MC job market it dim. Also the slackers with a barely passing grade get the same certification as those who work hard to achieve a GPA worth showing off. So be prepared to deal with people slowing down your learning, trying to find a job in a very saturated market, and not getting one on one attention as a student.
My experience was overall a good one as I applied myself and did not get wrapped up with bone heads. I fortunatly had a career and background to fall back on, as i am not working in the industry and have been soured by the 2 years that i did. I still ride street and my son and I still race MX and trail ride. My skills have helped save money but not earn it! Good luck and yes its a bit exspensive too.
Schools are designed to teach students new skills that they can then go and use in the industry of their choice. There are no free rides - no one gives you a job, no one gives you a paycheck - you have to EARN it!. If you go to WyoTech you will learn a lot of things you did not know and what you do with those skills and that knowledge is up to you.
Will you just build and fix bikes, boats, cars or will you build a better one!? You can do both.
People graduate trade schools and 4 year colleges and expect someone to give them something - they've never worked or earned the right to demand a high salary position. You build your life through working hard and exploring opportunities.
Once you learn and earn a degree or diploma that is something that can never be taken away. You chose to work for yourself, someone else or not at all.
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