Student & Graduate Reviews
Anonymous - 6/25/2013
Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
Graduation Year: 2013
"If you are looking for an LPN program near Salem, OR, then look at other schools. At this IOT the instruction takes place in a building that used to be a shooting range. The indoor climate is chilly and the rooms are devoid of windows. It has the institutional feel of a prison. The program has been very chaotic. Materials and grading policies have been changed and changed again mid-semester. It would be more reassuring to be standing on shifting sand in a windstorm. A student does not finish with lecture classes until she graduates. Consequently, the student nurse is divided between two worlds. In one arena she is working with living people and expected to perform in a competent manner. In the other arena she is taking six classes to acquire critical nursing knowledge. She takes home schoolwork from the six classes and is also piled with a binder of paperwork from her time spent in the field. The program was erected in this fashion to make it simple to fill staff vacancies paying a minimal salary and giving investors a boost. A person could attend the LPN program at IOT Salem and still turn out to be a skilled and knowledgeable nurse, but for $30K this school should be on the bottom of the list."
Anonymous - 2/26/2013
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2010
"I was an older student, coming back to school to retrain myself for a better career. I looked at other schools and decided to go to Institute of Technology because of the corporate culture. It was amazing, every time I would come to the school I felt welcome, and the entire staff had a tremendous attitude. The education I received has already paid benefits, I have a great career and am excited to go to work every day. I have seen some negative postings and I just don't understand them. The Institute of Technology provides a great education from leaders in their perspective fields, and the ancillary services work well too. It is up to the individule students/graduates to get involved with their Career Services Advisor, in order for the CSA to help guide them into their chosen career. I highly recommend IOT to anyone looking to improve their station in life."
Anonymous - 2/20/2013
Graduation Year: 2002
"The education I received changed my life. I had worked in warehousing for fifteen years and did not think I would ever have the skills to work in a professional office. After completing the Human Resource program, I worked closely with the Career Service team and became employed soon after graduation. I am still working in my field of study. The instructors and staff were very supportive and encouraging. I am proud to be an Institute of Technology Alumni."
PMA Graduate - 2/14/2013
Graduation Year: 2012
"I just graduated the end of 2012. My experience at the school was really great! The medical assisting instructors (Ms. Hawkins and Ms. Cacy) are very good. They are there for you every step of the way and do everything they can to help you be successful and do well in class. I really like how everyday the classes are split, half in the classroom and half in the clinical lab. My skills were always fresh and sharp and I was well prepared for my externship. I worked closely with Ms. McGee in Career Services a few months before I graduates getting prepared for my job search and for my externship. She is amazing. She's honest, sincere and really cared about my success. I was so happy when I got a job offer from my externship site. I couldn't have done it without Ms. McGee's coaching. She helped me be confident during the interview and gave me all sorts of good tips on how to shine at externship. Everyone in the Career Services department was so friendly and helpful. What a great group of people. I know other people from my class were also very happy with the school and some had jobs soon after graduating as well. If you work hard, listen to all the advice and apply it, and be persistent and dedicated, you to can start a new career like I did. Go check out the Institute of Technology!"
Still Employed 13 years later - 2/11/2013
Degree: Office Management
Graduation Year: 2001
"I went to IOT in 1999. It was the best school experience I have ever had. The entire staff was supportive and friendly. I had a lot of obstacles to overcome during the 9 1/2 months I attended and they cheered me through each one without trying to solve my problems for me. In turn that helped me grow professionally and personally. You get what you put into it. You have to work hard and you can't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. I was hired a week before I graduated and I am still working at the same place almost 13 years later. IOT did help change my life, I was able to get the skills needed to get my foot in the door and work my way up to Management level. IOT is worth it."
Anonymous - 2/11/2013
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2003
"IOT was the best thing that ever happened to me. I loved the instruction, the accelerated learning, and the labs. Everyone was always friendly and eager to help. I just had to ask for it. I always wanted to learn more, so I went after every opportunity possible. I had to work hard to find a job. But if you don't work hard to find a job full time, you probably won't get one. The economy is horrible and you have to stand out above all others. My instructors were always there for me even after I graduated, to help me with questions, contacts and even offered to let me sit in on the classes to help me refresh. From the moment you walk in the doors you feel like you found a long lost family. Everyone is always so friendly and willing to help. I honestly believe it's all about your attitude, outlook, and how hard you work for it. If you give up, you'll never get very far. I bet all of those who are not happy, if you were to contact your former instructors, they would be willing to help you with something. And Career Services will help you with your resume and help you find job leads. Someone else mentioned if you are thinking about going to a school, to go to one of the graduations… I think that's an excellent idea. Call the school and find out when the next one is and go see for yourself. They are open to the public.I don't usually post reviews, but I saw how bad a rap IOT had on here, and had to post something to back up my school. If I wouldn't have gone to IOT, I don't know where I would be. But I know I wouldn't have the skills and training that allow me to do what I love and support my kids."
Anonymous - 2/8/2013
Graduation Year: 2012
"I enrolled in the AOP program and found a job 3 months before i graduated with the help of career services :) i love my job!"
Rockin' HVAC Grad - 2/8/2013
Graduation Year: 2011
"What is wrong with these people? What a bunch of BS! My friend told me about this site and I had to write something. Instructors are great - checkStudents services are great - checkTutoring help - checkCareer Services awesome - checkPatch and Gale are instructors and they are awesome. Someone should by them their own taco truck or something! King is a little cranky sometimes but he's cool and knows his stuff. I hit a rough patch and needed help, the lady in student services did alot. I got food boxes and resources that really helped. Thank you. I can't tell you how much my family appreciated it. Mike and Tim in career services are the coolest dudes. they were there to help me and I found a good job and have even moved up in the company now. Anyone that's griping about not getting a job...did you know the ecomonmy in Fresno sucks? You have to do way more to get way less. That's just how it works. I worked with Mike and Tim alot. They got me interivews and tought me how to sell myself and talk to people in the HVAC industry. Guess What? I got a job! I'm happy and my family is happy. I checked out an HVAC program at another school and it didn't compare. It was cold and the people were not friendly. When you go to IOT, you can tell that the people like their jobs and what they do. If you are unhappy and alwys think the world is againist you, you won't be happy anywhere and i feel sorry for you. Go to IOT! It's a great school. This is from someone that looked at other schools."
HAPPY GRAD WITH A GOOD JOB - 2/8/2013
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2012
"I have seen first hand the immense level of support and dedication that every staff member at IOT gives to it's students and graduates and am disheartened by the clearly negative people that have posted here. To me, it seems like they have no accountability for their own situation. If you need help, all you have to do is ask. The instructors are very knowledgeably with many years of experience in their field and the NEW Career Services staff that came in about 2 years ago is phenomenal! They are truly dedicated to the success of each student and graduate, but you only get out of if what you put into it. I've had classmates complain but then I've asked them, did you go see anyone? And the answer was always no. The fundraisers and parties that are referred to in a previous post are to raise money for the school so they can provide food pantry items, bus passes and other items to students desperately in need. Go to a graduation ceremony for the school before enrolling if you REALLY want to see how good this school is. Its inspiring to see so many people (100's and 100's) happy to complete their education and take the next step in finding a career. I stayed in touch with my instructors and worked closely with the people in Career Services and I found a great job. I feel so fortunate to have been supported and know that these people at IOT cared. Don't listen to all these bitter people. This is a tough economy and you have to utilize ALL your resources and not expect the school to hand you a job when you graduate. No one can be guaranteed a job. If you don't help yourself, how can you expect others to help you?Remember there are always two sides to every story. If you really want to know if this the right school for you, you need to go check it out for yourself.Signed - A very happy, employed graduate that would recommend the Institute of Technology in a heartbeat!P.S. for the Administrative Office Professional, you clearly have the wrong school. Institute of Technology has never had a campus in Mather, CA. If you are going to write a bad review of a school, be sure to get the right one."
Anonymous - 12/6/2012
Degree: Culinary Arts
Graduation Year: 2011
"To begin with: The admissions reps were overly enthusiastic to get me to enroll in the culinary program. I was not told about some very important things pertaining to the program, such as the amount of homework, and that the classes would change from my night class to the afternoon. (I am a single mother and worked fulltime during the day, that is why I took the night classes.) Also, the catalog stated that at the end of the program, we would have the opportunity to go to Germany and France, expense paid trip to further our culinary experience. The catalog also stated that no more than 15 students per class. My classes had 20 - 30 students per class. This was a potentially dangerous situation working in a small kitchen with hot pots and pans and knives. Well about a year later after my graduation in 2011, the president, Joseph Haydock, had a meeting with us and informs us that the Europe trips will no longer take place and that they were not included in our $30k tuition but were a bonus from the corporation....really. I cannot believe that this private college institution would do something like that to the students in which it was promised. They should have changed the policy for new enrolling students. Its about the bottom line for this greedy private college."