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I am currently in my first year bachelors just finishing two year associates in construction management. The school is way over priced and I am now learning that beyond a bachelors I am screwed. My employment situation has not gotten any better for almost three years now. I wish I had something positive to say but I really dont. I would not recommend this school to anyone...
Itt-Tech Charlotte south campus is great. Admin and teachers care about the students and do all they can to help. I currently work at Wachovia/Wells Fargo and got the job before I finished my Associates. I am perm and make great money just as a tech doing support for the banks. Many of my friends work at Microsoft and many other banks and high end companies making great salaries.
Just like any school it is what you put into it and if you have the drive to be what you want to be.
I am going to get my masters and am going to try to better myself. So i would tell people to go to the school they just have to be able to push theirself!
Entering my third quarter in the paralegal program at the Arnold campus, they dropped my program and told me I could go online or transfer.
First of all, itt credits are not likely to transfer to any schools, and the online program is completetly separate so at the moment im going through financial aid crap again. Oh, and I was just told that I have to take out a $1,000 loan to continue schooling, which I cannot pay right now. I hate this school and I would not recommend it to anyone.
I graduated in 1993.. The computers we had to work on didn't even have Hard drives!!! just the huge floppy disc's... The computers were outdated.. We SHOULD have had UPDATED equipment.
Within 2 years, one of our HEADMASTERS disapeared and took off with the money! I had a job when I was there, and on days we didn't do nothing but play movies, I could have been at work, but IF i left, I would be penalized for not being there... Maybe things have changed now, but I DID graduate, but got nothing out of it.. We made our own cheap circuits.
at one time someone brought in a remote to figure out what was wrong, no one ever figured it out! It was a waste of 2 years. at least at the San Antonio campus.
I have been a student @ ITT Richmond for 2 years and I wouldn't trade it for anything. True the credits dont transfer to ALL schools but they do transfer. It depends on the school and the department chairs.
I currently have 2 friends that transfered right into a regionaly accredited school and got scholarships so it really all depends.
As far as the instructors go everyone that I have crossed paths with have been great. I have had 5 teachers that have their PhD's and knew what they were talking about. My other instructors have worked in the field they teach and have given me real life facts about my major.
Yes ITT is expensive and I believe that corporate is greedy and they dont care. As for the instructors and admin at ITT Richmond they are awsome. This school allows working people with families a chance to better themselves. They work with you and will bend over backwards to accomodate your needs. I went to a "traditional" school for a year and a hlf before ITT and if you work full time and have a family you can forget it. You dont have much say in your schedule at a traditionl school they are mostly day classes some schools offer nights but not for everything.
Eventually you will be forced to take day classes and there is no way to fit 2 day classes in and still work a full time job. Im sorry but ITT has its benifits. I have a great job at a huge lawfirm and Im not even done with my degree!
I am currently attending the Kansas City campus and honestly I see both sides of the arguement here. Sure it is an expensive school and it is a shame that credits most likely will not transfer, but it isnt as bad as a lot of people are making it out to be.
I have seen a good number of friends I have made at the school find gainfull employment within their feild nearing graduation. I have also seen a good number of students land really nice internships.
My instructors have all been great, and I could not say enough good things about these people. Most of my instructors go out of their way to make time for students needing any help i.e. coming in on there days off for tutoring, as well as taking time to help us in our extracurricular activities. and truly seem to care about their students.
All of my instructors have been very knowledgable about the subject matter they are teaching. I am currently in the Visual Communications program and one of my instructors is actually the former head designer for the Kansas City Cheifs. I have learned a lot in the amount of time I have been going to this school. That said, you are only going to get out of it what you put into it!
I see plenty of people posting on these site claiming that they passed their classes without even opening a book. Which is beleivable, and quite true of many students here. To me, I see that as being lazy. The instructors are there to guide you not to hold your hand. Fact is that maybe if you had taken advantage of the text books and online material, and maybe made some time outside of your classes to build your portfolio you probably would have gained a LOT more from your experience at this school. That and you have to keep in mind that their programs are accelerated programs. You are going through the course in just 12 weeks which gives you just enough time to get the basics down and get a little direction on how to teach yourself.
All in all its like I said earlier it is what you make of it. If you are just there to get the grade and degree and dont put in the effort to actually get good at what you're learning you probably wont get a job with your degree because thats all you've got. On the other hand if you really try and put in the extra effort to build a kick ass portfolio and really learn your subject matter.
Then you shouldnt have too a problem.
WOW, look at all of these "comments" about ITT.
I would like to say first off that ITT for Information Systems Security or a.k.a CNS(Computer Networking Security)is awesome! A lot of these people commenting do not realize how much of a benefit you get from joining this school. Yes, it is pricey for an associates degree, and depending on you, getting a bachelor's is the same price at most Universities anyway.
What a lot of people that are bad mouthing this school is you really get your money's worth. How many Universities offer a virtual library of e-books, certification study e-books, professional organizations to join, and chapters to meet with professionals in your major?!! NONE, and this is for life. On top of that our virtual library has a plethora of programs from Microsoft that are covered through our "expensive" Associates degree. It ranges to SQL Server, Windows 7 (every edition, 32 and 64-bit) Microsoft Server 2008, etc.
My favorite instructor is a Network Engineer for Cisco Networks, you know the biggest networking company that everyone wishes they could get a certification in. He pushes us to play with VM machines, apply for internships, and use him as reference to get in for the internship, I am currently waiting for one to open myself.
I have another teacher who is retired, teaching part-time, who is phenomenal with his teaching, and how much of an overview our courses are applicable towards our career.(with very thorough knowledge of our major classes) It is important to remember, that all of our teachers are REQUIRED to have a MASTERS DEGREE. Look it up on job board sites, they don't accept anything below, unless you are working towards your Masters.
I would also like to tell everyone how wonderful the classes and variety I am getting to learn. Database Development, Server 2008, and Advanced Server 2008 (working w/ AD), Linux Redhat, Linux Fedora, client and server, programming, Microsoft classes, EVERYTHING you need to know to be well rounded in this industry. We get about 2 hr's or so of lecture, and we take what we learn from lecture in hands-on lab assignments.
This school is challenging, I am maintaining a 3.8 as or right now, and NO they do not give out grades. My 1st and 2nd semester, I saw people drop out because, it was too hard, or they got too frustrated that you have to ACTUALLY STUDY the material for daily quizzes, and huge projects that are assigned to you mid-way through courses. If you do not read, or study, good luck trying to figure out a complex project that is 20% of your grade.
I can tell who went to ITT and who didn't, because a lot of these comment do not even explain the experience, or KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.
So your telling me someone who went to the Art Institute of Dallas with a major in Fine Arts or Graphic Design won't be taken serious for an employer? LOL, that's what I thought, you pay for what you get.
What about Paul Mitchell hair school, they won't get hired because it's not "accredited" in their industry?!?
Well that's what your believing about ITT's scams, and education if you believe all of the paranoia on this site and google!!!!!!!
I would never recommend this school to anyone!! The teachers are terrible and you'll never learn anything from them! I had to teach myself everything out of the book!! I cant even transfer my credits to a different school because they wont except them!! I'm in huge debt!! Never go to this school i warn everyone! They are a money driven school!! Scam!! Scam!!!
This is a true, honest, unbiased, factual based opinion on my experience as a student here at ITT tech. Despite the Good and Bad reviews depicted by others before me.
I have spent the last 2+ years at ITT pursuing an Associates in Multimedia and Bachelors in Game Design. This is going into my 3rd year that I write this.
I had previous Gen. Ed. and business credits from a local college that did in fact transfer to ITT. Some of my business credits did not. The option is available with ITT to 'test out' of classes you feel that you’re knowledgeable in or have taken previously at another college. If you pass the test outs you have proven to ITT that you have successfully retained your previously learned knowledge or need no more further education in that particular area of your degree.
Successfully completing and passing the test out also saves you TIME and MONEY by earning you the applied credit towards your degree of choice. 3 successful test outs will save you three classes which equivalents to saving you a full semester of time (12 weeks per class x 3 classes per semester) not to mention the $2,000-$8,000 price tag you accrue per class($2,000+), per semester($6,000+)in classes.
I personally try to test out of every class possible, and have succeeded more than I have failed. I have already saved more than a half year of course credits time and those credits worth of money. The test outs are not at all easy may I add.
Starting out there are a few basic courses that ITT makes everyone take, which helps you to learn about yourself, your learning styles, and how to help you find some insight about yourself, who you are inside, and can show you ways to organize your life a little more efficiently and professionally.
ITT-Tech also makes sure you do not move forward without having basic Microsoft office skills to properly express yourself in a professional manner. This includes learning how to use the spell checker. lol
In my experience, ITT-Tech allows ways for you to creatively tailor your degree with elective courses as long as you have previous requirements and pre-requisites met. This would include some extra programming or web development classes tied in with your Business or Game Design degree. Vice Versa take some Visual Communication or web design classes to learn Photoshop with your Business degree if you have electives available to play around with.
Career Services is there, and they will work as hard as you need them to as long as I feel its mutually agreeable that you would be the best fit not only for the job but to represent the school as a graduate or student should they go to bat for you above a simple job match. They help match jobs up to you or you to the jobs, but mind you, they are not a job placement or employment agency.
The Finance people know what they are doing, at least on my Campus (for some of you who feel your campus was unorganized). The Registrars work very hard to manage the loads of students and last minute scheduling changes. The teachers at one point in time or another have been respected experts in their fields of study. One of my Game Design Instructors used to be an animator for Ren and Stimpy, and he used to design slot machine games for casino use! How much more relevant real world experience from a teacher in the industry do you need? All my teachers at the beginning of semester tell a brief story about who they are and what relevant expert 'in the field' experience they bring to the table in regards to our educational experience. This is true of every single teacher I’ve had on my ITT campus.
If you find the teacher isn't doing their job or the school is not up to par.
There ARE student surveys that the instructors implore you to complete near the end of every semester for every teacher and class. Surveys are anonymous to the teacher, and this is your chance to rate the class, the materials, the equipment, and yes the instructor to the College Board. You are also given areas to fill out personal opinions on how the class could be better and another section to comment on the instructor.
Yes they fire teachers that don't do their jobs- Mid semester if need be! I had a College Mathematics class where the teacher was doing his job, he knew his stuff, but just was not accessible enough to all the students in making sure we understood the curriculum. He went too fast and helped too little. Many students complained to the program chairs and to the Dean. Even I was feeling the urge to just give up. I took free tutoring and that was how I was able to barely keep up. Then, in mid-semester (about week 5), Poof! We had a new teacher. The old one was fired and the new teacher (a long term ITT math instructor who took on our class as another extra class to her already busy teaching schedule) took us through a review from weeks 1-5. She took her time and somehow explained everything in a way that we all just understood. She didn’t move onto the next step until she knew and confirmed that we understood up to the current. Bottom line was she accomplished helping us to learn and understand more in ONE class period than the original instructor did in 5 weeks. To this day, I applaud my dean, and salute that teacher for literally saving the mathematic portion of our education.
The school is equal opportunity for all; the teachers that I’ve had seem to be genuine people who take genuine interest in their students. They do not play favorites, or give out easy grades, or grade too steeply. They are positive, and genuinely encouraging. It is a very fair educational system where the teachers have the ability to reward you for extra credit assignments if you choose to do them, offer free tutoring, some teachers even come in on days off to teach extra workshops for us students to better hone our skills for free.
In my opinion, some things could be better. Yes the software’s are not the brand new release of everything. We still use the Adobe CS3 versions of everything, but CS3 is a stable spot to be since CS4 and CS5 are so new most employers would be still using CS3 anyways. Not to mention, you learn the basics you need to know with these programs in these courses no matter what. These basics you can carry with you to the newer software versions, which make your core skills no less valuable. Bottom line here is ITT-Tech teaches us the core bare basic skills anyone should need to know in the industry. If you can’t get the basic skills then you need to either study harder, or think of transferring credits to a different degree.
From what my programming buddies have said, its 2011 and ITT is still not teaching HTML5, I know personally there are no specific PHP courses, so there is room for improvement regarding staying ahead of the programming curve. ITT doesn't have MOCAP for Game Design YET either, but we learn the all the basics of 3d modeling, character animation, and importing to Game Engines along with building a working game level. The basics are all there, it’s not like Flashpoint Academy in Chicago totally geared as a specialty school for Multimedia and Game Design, but we learn the basics to where we could be just as comparable to their students if we took our lessons to the next level and really want to learn what we need to learn to be successful in this industry.
To my dismay, too many times, I see students who are young and take their college education opportunity for granted. They waste the class and lab time away by watching YouTube videos or playing games. They don’t study at home. They play on their cell phones. They don’t pay attention to lecture. These students will definitely not go the extra mile to learn the harder parts of basic curriculum thru a free tutor session, much less take that knowledge further beyond basic curriculum into expanding on what we already learned. Then they complain how the class is too hard, they don’t understand, and complain not knowing why they failed as many students do.
College Education at ITT-Tech or anywhere else is what you make or plan to take from it. If you put in 10% effort, you’re only going to learn 10% of what you could have. You will only get back 10% in the real world as a reciprocal. Worst part is, you can't go back! Once you miss that class lecture? IT'S GONE FOREVER. You still paid for it, but you basically just cheated yourself, that's all.
As many people including me will say, you get out what you put in. Straight A's don’t come easy, and I've struggled to get and maintain my 3.8 GPA. I never even touched Photoshop until I started at ITT and if you saw my flash and 3d animation work now (not to brag, but…) you will see that I am quite talented at least above most of my peers and classmates, but I'm also contendable in the real world job market. It's not because ITT-Tech taught me everything I know, it’s because I take the time to learn what the ITT tech instructors have taught me and expand on that knowledge in my own time. I know it sounds cliché, but this an education for MY future.
I take this educational opportunity seriously, even while I have fun , and I do not regret going to ITT-Tech. Granted, I’m not learning EVERYTHING I want to learn right now (It will take more schooling to get a Master’s) but I'm confident that I can apply not only the knowledge I gained here as a student to my own creative business endeavors but also I can do it with the alliance of friendships I've gained here through the years as well.
I don't care about the cost of the school. Do I want to pay a lot of money? NO, but I'm here now. I love the school the instructors are wonderful and have helped me out a lot. I might have a hard time getting a job, but I will find work. I will succeed because they have given me the tools and I will use them. So I'm for ITT and thats my opinion.