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I wanted to say I am sorry some of you had bad experiences but I want to share a few things. I am currently enrolled in Charter and will have my MA certificate in November. I have also been to regular college and attended similar classes. BY FAR Charter is better. Here is what I see, I have seen a lot of students drop out. There were various reasons maybe too much work, reading, not enough class time. I've said it in other reviews but the programs offered are all accelerated. I spend 2 days a week in class for 4 1/2 hours, that is just about as typical of any other college out there. I spend a minimum of 4-5 hours 6 days a week working on the school work. I knew going into this I had to stay focused and disciplined. Heck no it's no picnic in the park! It's expensive but I just found out that the local college here in my area that offers the same type MA program only "registers" their students to go in the field. Charter "certifies" the students. This means Charter students can do much more in the field when the go out for their externship then the registered, college MAs. They do throw a lot of of stuff at you every week. Organize yourself and set time aside at least 5-6 days a week working and studying on school. For those students that have never stepped foot in the medical field it will be harder. Speaking of work, you will learn more in the field when you get a job as an MA than in a classroom. It's like that in almost all specialty careers. This is a fantastic program! The teachers are always willing to help you. They answer emails quickly, especially over the weekend. If you really want to be an MA this is where to go to get your certificate. I admit that there are a few things that I don't like at the school, but I am so focused on graduating that I don't even think about it that much.
Started the paralegal program at Charter College. The instructors were almost completely incompetent in their teaching. I was unaware at the time that the campus had just began the paralegal program and were looking for bodies to push through. Upon my externship the lawyer told me that everything that I had learned was a joke and that I was ill prepared to work in the legal field. Charter College was an expensive waste of time. Over $40,000 down the drain. I horribly regret ever going there and will strongly discourage anyone from attending. It's such a scam.
I can just say my experience has been horrible I never learned anything since day one the work was thrown at me and was expected to.be finished I never received any help so ultimately my grades were bad which lead to them kicking me out meaning the forced me to drop out because they cut my financial aid they said they were not going to fund my education because other students have more potential so if I wanted to come back to school the next day I'd have to pay 2 grand for the class I could not come up with that kind of money in a day now they expect me to pay the rest of what was owed but I never saw any financial aid and I'm being threatened to make payments to the school but they refuse to tell me what I owe. I regret going there it's been a huge waste of time and money and I suggest to people to not go there stay away
I have been struggling to receive my certificate for over a year now and I can honestly say that Charter College does not teach their classes efficiently and do not care about your education as long as you're paying their over priced tuition. When I enrolled I was told that I would be receiving hands on learning in my classes. The further I got into my program the more they started to change the rules and regulations on everything. Within a few months the 'hands on learning' was extremely limited. ALL of the classes, homework, quizzes, and test were done online. Including some 'lab' classes. I was not informed this when I enrolled. It is false advertisement. My classmates and I struggled throughout each class due to the lack of hands on learning and the amount of flaws and glitches in their online program. Only 2 of my classmates actually graduated and received their certificate. I found it extremely difficult to meet the needs of their online classes. Every class is 5 weeks and the amount of information given in those 5 weeks are equivalent to a semester in college. Especially since you only get 1 day (4 hours) a week for each class to learn about the material you are given. It is a very cheap education that demands you pay a high price for. Charter is not open ears to criticism from the students nor from the employees. As I've seen them get fired for doing so. When I enrolled they were very convincing that this was the best program you could ask for, and that your academic needs would be met to get to where you need to be. Yet when students including myself, had stepped up and brought up an issue regarding the school or academic struggles, were dealt with only arrogance and given was the impression of "shut up and go make charter look good." Every single time. It's no surprise that this school has a 37% graduation rate. I would 10/10 not recommend this school to anyone.
Felt like I was sold a bad used car. They over promised and failed to deliver 90% of the time. Their online classes were flawed, taught by people who did not know the material, and most of the time the online program would not even load. The tech support staff nuked my laptop so bad I had to take it to an expert to have it fixed. They insist on professionalism from their students but rarely reflect it with the way they do business. I am almost certain they committed a federal crime with my financial aid. If you know someone who you hate with all your heart, mind, and soul, I would recommend you recommend this pathetic excuse of a school to them. The only success to be had there is in the bank accounts of the people running the scam/school.
I went into the Paralegal program without being told that it was brand new to the campus. This made for a lot of issues. There simply weren't enough teachers that were qualified to actually teach so for some classes we were forced online which was not what I signed up for. Each classes lasted 5 weeks. It was supposed to be an intensive learning experience to fast track you into a new career. That's all well and good except that it was lacking actual content that one needs to learn in order to actually perform at a job. It was embarrassing when going through the internship. I had no idea what some things were sadly despite throwing myself into the course work and passing all the tests. It's a mixed bag when it comes to classes being easy and others being hard; some were a cake walk while others had me scratching my head a bit. I spent 25+ hours a week on homework and managed good grades and graduated with honors but I can't believe how under prepared I actually was for a real work setting. The internship gave me an insight into that at least. This was a CRAZY expensive degree program that was completely a waste of my time and money. Financial aid office was fine, I didn't have any problems with them - all straight forward basically. Before I ever enrolled in the program I asked if the credits would transfer and was told that yes indeed they would. Guess what, they don't. I've applied to two separate Universities to go on and get my B.A but my credits are completely useless there. They claim that they will help you find a job after you graduate; that's all well and good for other career areas I imagine but if you live in an isolated smaller area, then beware. For my specific situation, there is hardly any job opportunities for this career field and I acknowledged that this was failure on my part to research the job market for this degree/career. However, the career department contacted me one time with a job lead which was a joke. The job that was offered would've had me doing something illegal; providing legal advice as a paralegal. I thought this was funny more than anything. Overall, the course work was basic and not nearly hard enough or thorough for a law program. I want to give the campus the benefit of the doubt and say that it had something to do with the program being new to the campus but even the online classes were lacking and sadly, too easy. Anyways, this ten month experience has left me heavily in debt with absolutely nothing to show for it. So that's fun.
I wouldn't recomend this school to anyone! Not worth the money or the hassle! Got screwed with my loan through the school because they wrote estimate on the paperwork! So basically they can add what ever amount they want when you go to graduate because they say they made a mistake and it was just an estimate! Don't sign any paper without reading it through or your parents!!
I worked for Charter while attending school and realized that both the curriculum and the campuses are not developed by industry professionals. They change program curriculum frequently and students are forced to take extra classes, and pay for them, once already enrolled in a program. Students are generally unhappy with their experience with the school and they drop out at an alarmingly fast rate.
My wife has been out of school for over 30yrs, with a 9th grade education and a GED she signed up at Charter In Fife Wa. To get her prepared for re-certification with the state after a 5yr hiatus from her 25yr career as an MA. This was a new campus at the time she started there and we expected there to be some hiccup’s. However the most frustration part was that she was not told she would be facing all the topics and classes that are actually required during the "sales" portion of signing up with them. Im righting this review because I have the time and have been very involved in assisting my wife in getting through her schooling. My wife was told that she would need basic computer skills and the focus of the “sales” were on the Medical Assistant part of the program. When in fact the computer portion (1mo) is pretty in depth. Additionally there is a second class that runs concurrent to the first. We’re not even sure what it is called, but it delves deep into understanding people and things of this nature. The difficult part for my wife is that they are having her do stuff that other schools in the area for MA do not have you do. We see the value, but it made things very hard on her to have to write papers, essay’s and things that she had never ever done, not to mention the 30yr gap in schooling. So this alone almost made her drop. Then because there was so much work for her to do online after day classes, she was spending all her time working on that. She actually stopped going out of frustration. We were able to talk to the director of the school, he worked it out so that she only had one class at a time, extending the length of the whole schooling by one extra month. And my wife was given time to sit down with her instructor to come up with a plan that helped her to be successful. But that’s all it took, she is now in the second half of her second month and doing great. The staff is very helpful and willing to make her successful. Yes they are a business and you’re staying there is how they make their money, and you can sometimes see that fact in subtle ways. But more than that your success at their school is what makes them successful, and we can see that they are interested in both your success and theirs. The one issues I have seen that cause people to drop out is that they get frustrated but don’t ask for help until they feel they are too far behind, so they drop. In the end, this school’s curriculum is more robust than their equal competitors’, but I believe that this fact will make students more valuable to the prospective employers. As my wife is only halfway through her 2nd month of classes, I do not know how the total experience at this point, but I will come back with an update after she graduates. Overall, this seems like a great school. It has its good and bad points, but mostly good…So far
Definitely do your research first before enrolling at any school. Choose what's the best fit for you and your family. I am a previous graduate, re-enrolled to finish my BS degree and so far I have no complaints. Commitment is the key to your success. There will obstacles and it is up to you to overcome that.