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Here is a little story about ITT Tech. My best friend and I both liked programming. He decided to go to ITT Tech. I decided to go to a state university. We both got bachelor degrees in Computer Science, his from ITT Tech, and mine from a real university. That was five years ago. I work as a software engineer at a nice company and support a family and kids off of that salary. He works nights at doing manual labor at a pipe-making company pouring molten iron. He lives with his parents and gets paid about $12 an hour. Case in point, don't waste your time at ITT Tech. He learned nothing and the degree is worthless.
I attended ITT & was passing classes with honors, still wasn't feeling like I had learned too much. It is way too easy and the education provided for Legal Assistants was mediocre. I felt like I wasted a lot of money on mediocre schooling. Would never recommend this school to anyone, don't make the expensive mistake and I wished I listened to all the other bad reviews before enrolling...
I have to agree with some of the points that most of the reviews give but I would not write off ITT Tech completely. I have been a student for the past 3 yrs due to my job not working with my class schedule. I guess it depends on what area you are going to school because I have found my instructors to be very knowledgeable in their subject but they were not given the freedom to teach how they wanted because ITT Tech has a syllabus that they require the teachers to follow. They also tell the teachers that they want them to teach by power point and that these power points should be sent to the students in order for the students to be able to catch up if they miss class. Many of the teachers do open book exams but they don't allow the students to share information while taking the exams. Most of the exams are structured so that most of the answers can be found on the power points given by the teachers so most of the time the students are able to pass by printing out the power points and using them during open book exams. Because of this system, ITT Tech seems to have a high rate of turn over of employees including advisers. My reason for deciding on ITT Tech is the fact that you don't have to take non essential classes like biology when you're taking electronics. I liked that they go through your financial aide with you step by step because I was taking classes at NC Wesleyan College and I had to do my own financial aide which I always seemed to have done wrong but had no one to show me that until it was too late. Now I owe the college money and I can't get my transcripts for the classes that I did complete. While at ITT Tech, I did end up owing because if you drop out or don't pass a class, ITT Tech does not take the money from whatever financial aide you applied for. You end up owing the school for these classes instead of what ever loans that you take in order to pay for school. As far as the degree you get, I have talked to several students who have received a degree and said that the job market for that degree wasn't what they expected. So my plan is to get my degree in Electronics and then go to the community college and take the courses specific to Biomed in order to get the knowledge and training for that particular field. So while ITT Tech is not for everyone, its no different than finding out that a big prestigious college wasn't for me, so you can't really base your decision on someone else's bad experience but on whether or not the curriculum will work for your schedule or goals.
I am currently enrolled in ITT Tech. I researched schools very carefully and decided ITT had the most current industry softwares and curriculum. ITT Tech offers a pretty competitive degree. I dont understand how anyone could say otherwise. I take Comp 1 & II, Algebra, Trigonometry, and next semester I am scheduled for Survey of Economics and Physics. I work very very hard to try and maintain my GPA. My Trig teacher just announced to the class 1 wk before finals that only 3 students are passing so far, (get your work in). Another instructor does not accept work 2 weeks late, and yet another wont accept late work at all. I hope to graduate with honors, not because they 'inflate our grades', but because I have devoted many many hours of my time and frustration plunking through some very demanding material. I have also seen 20 ppl show up on week 1 and by week 4 the class is down to half that. It is not just a school for ppl who work full time jobs (I dont know how they can do it), it is a school for anyone. Finally, regarding employability: although several classmates interviewed and got great jobs before graduation, my fav is a guy who after shyly admitting to class he got a job, looked over at me any said with a smile, "this s... just paid for itself".
I thought ITT was a decent school. Yes some of the instructors were garbage but its like that everywhere. If you put the time in you can learn. ITT helped me get a job in my field before I graduated. I feel like I know just as much as the UCSD grads. The whole $10 an hour thing is BS, I got a job after my AS degree making $21 with benefits. Its about how you sell yourself. Because no matter what school you go to you still have to go to the interview and get yourself that job.
I would choose electronic engineering again.
If your a veteran this is a great school for you because it is year round and you don't miss out too much with you GI benefits. As you know if your not in school you don't get paid.
I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone, however my personal opinion aside if you do decide to go to the ITT Tech, there are a few things you should be aware of... they will say anything to get you enrolled and be able to charge you for enrollment, don't take anything they say at there word get it in writing, and I mean anything from credit transfers to class enrollment, programs offered to scholarships and grants.Second they are looked at in the professional community as a joke. You can get a good grade without doing the work, the instructors will exchange easier grading and less assignments for good student reviews. If you are looking to build your portfolio of work to prepare you for the workforce ....DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY with ITT Tech. Your better off with a local community college, honestly you'll get more out of an online tutorial than at that school.
I have found that the career services department is horrid, when I graduated from my associates degree I was sent out on interviews for really good jobs in my field. However, in the 1 1/2 years it took to finish my bachelors degree they turned over personnel twice and I started getting "leads" for jobs that hardly paid. I made $50 + in my current position and they were sending me jobs making $10-15 per hour, it wasn't worth it. I was promised more "leads" but till only get one email every couple months from career services. In this day in age jobs are harder to come by and they didn't help us when we graduated from our bachelor program like they did when we graduated from associates program.
If you are still considering ITT, don't. You will be very disappointed. As you would expect, most who are interested in these kinds of institutions have full time jobs, with children or just don't have the time. Sure the commercials insist that they will work with your schedule, and yes, they promised morning and evening classes during my orientation but that was a lie. Everyone had the same schedule. Sometimes morning, sometimes afternoon. The staff is crap, disrespectful, uneducated, unprofessional and always changing. We just had an instructor who tested positive for narcotics...unfortunately the best we've had teach at the school. I could go on and on but in short: save yourself the trouble. You definitely can do better than ITT.
My overall experience with this business was mixed. I would recommend that a person, who wishes to achieve a degree, to seek it out from an accredited university or community college. If one wishes to acquire, on the job skills, as in trade work. Then this business might be worth your attention. Even then I would only recommend that one considers this business for training if they are seeking a Technology focused job. I completed the course work for a bachelors program for Information Security Systems at the Troy, MI campus in 2011. During that time have observed much of ITT’s operation and have criticisms and compliments. When I first enrolled I was not seeking a degree but rather to acquire technical skills that would improve my knowledge of IT/IS. That I did do. But many other students there had the expectation that a “degree” earned there would guarantee a rewarding career. I believe many others were misled by the sales pitch provided to them by the recruiting staff, that this would be the case. Likewise, the enrollment process featured, what was termed as an “Entrance Exam” which was in actuality a simple series of problem solving questions. The questions were terribly easy and I believe meant to boost the confidence of applicants so that they would be more likely to agree to enrolment terms. This gives way to my next criticism. The poor student body which is made up of people who do not take work seriously, in that the serious students are far outnumbered by the not serious ones. The same people who leave ITT with substandard skills, leave bad impressions on prospective employers, and make it difficult for the serious ones to find work. The cost of these courses, though it has beneficial information, is ruinously expensive. I have earned one of their bachelors degrees and am in debt over 60K. Thankfully institution from which I borrowed has a professional staff and is offering assistance with my loan payments. The instructors ran the gambit from highly knowledgeable and professional (at least in the IT course) to absolutely feckless. Thankfully the IT instructors were highly knowledgeable professionals. The lab work offered was the most beneficial. The equipment at my school, though in short supply, was in good working order and helped me to develop skills that I use in my current line of work. The career services were likewise helpful. These ones helped me to construct my resume and find work within my field. The only true advantage I would say that this business has over a community college is the faced paced, and focused, curriculum, which surpassed my experience at Community College, which had a confusing curriculum map and left enrollment entirely up to the students. In closing, this business did help me to acquire trade skills and did better my knowledge of Computer Networked systems and is the same knowledge which I used to acquire my industry certifications. They assisted me with resume creation and job placement in my field. However, consider that this is a business whose main concern is getting bodies in their class seats. There are almost no enrollment requirements or restrictions. So expect a mob of people claiming to be students. The expense for these courses are comparatively high. If you are interested with learning a trade then stick to the Associates program. Only then focus on the courses for which ITT Tech is best known. That is Computer Networking, Media design, Drafting and electronics. The other courses are expansions meant to draw in more customers. As for me the whole experience was somewhat beneficial, but I have made the decision, that once my debt is in control, to seek out a degree back at the community college.
I attended ITT Technical University for the purpose of starting a new career, and augmenting my computer technology skills. Upon enrollment I took the tour of the school and was impressed with what I saw. The Recruiter was very friendly and accommodating to me and tailored my program to my needs. That was the beginning of my nightmare in education. There were a few instructors, who really cared about students learning for the most part, but there were times when there was not enough equipment to go around for all of the labs, and much of the classes were online. I am an in-your-face kind of person and interfacing with instructors is what I most prefer. But I do understand that because I was working fulltime, I needed to take some classes on line. Math, Physics and technical classes should not be online. When you have problems and needed to contact an instructor online you had to wait at least 48 hours before you got a response and because you were testing out of subjects every week; if the instructor contacted you 48 hours later and they did not answer your question, you would have to e-mail them again and wait another 48 hours before you got that response. By the time you got a response to your second request you were already taking an exam and you would have to pretty much fin for yourself. This happened several times to me. I drove a tour bus while attending ITT and it was convenient for me to travel because all I had to do was find a campus location and do my work. But the online classes were so difficult when it came to math and physics, that I had a tour group in Indiana, and while I was there I went to ITT headquarters and spoke to the director who put these subjects online. I explained to him that the way the classes were set up online were too difficult for students who were in need of interfacing with the instructors. He apologized and told me that the classes were going to stay online even though they were experiencing over a 65% failure rate with their student body. I started a petition drive to have the technical and math, physics classes put into a classroom. Over 75% of the student body signed those petition at my location and by the time I graduated from the school, those classes were slated to be brought back into the classroom. The director from what I understand was fired or forced to resign. I graduated with a 3.88 GPA, would have had a 3.9 if the instructor would have corrected an error in m Physics final. The formula that was in the poorly written text books that we used was presented wrong and this is the formula that I used when working out the problem on my final. When I brought it to the attention of the instructor that the formula in the book was wrong and that was the basis for my answer, they refused to change my grade. ITT technical Institute is nothing more than a for profit school and it cost me $40,000.00 dollars in student loans to attend. I am still paying the loan off to this day. I would not recommend this school to anyone; they are only interested in getting a warm qualified butt into the seats and sign the student loan affidavits. From there you are on your own for the most part.