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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.
THIS SCHOOL IS A RIP OFF.THE FINANCIAL AID STAFF ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO HANDLE YOUR TUITION LOANS, ETC. THEY ARE STUPID. I REGRET GOING TO THIS SCHOOL. THIS IS THE WORST SCHOOL I EVER ATTENDED. THE TEACHERS DROP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE QUARTERS.
THE TEACHERS ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO TEACH CERTAIN COURSES!!!!!!!!!!! THEY JUST READ FROM THE BOOK OR POWER POINT. I ENTERED THE HIT PROGRAM AT THE LAKE MARY CAMPUS AND IT WAS A JOKE. THE BEST THING I DID WAS DROP OUT OF THIS STUPID SCHOOL. CAREER SERVICES IS A JOKE. THEY HELP FIND STUDENTS JOBS BY SENDING YOU EMAILS! DONT WASTE YOUR TIME. IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE!!!
I sometimes wonder why ITT Tech gets bad reviews. How can people that never accomplish any goals in life, or when things become tough they just quit. That’s like now, the economy is bad and it’s hard to find a job. What are you going to do give up on life?
I want to comment on the people that actually get on here and leave bad and negative comments. The ones that actually try to discourge people from making up their own minds and follow through on their decisions. You are the ones that fit into the first paragraph.
For the people that are actually weighing in on their options of where they want to go and do in life. Just o let you in on a little secret. This is the same thing I told people about joining the military. “It’s not for everybody.” Everyone is not going to have the same outlook on one topic. All great minds don’t think alike, they justify their opinions and come to a conclusion or agreement.
I can get on here and say that the ITT Tech that I graduated from sucks and go into long detail about my experience and talk trash about. I would rather talk about what I gain and learned rather then talking about the trials and tribulations that ran into.
Of course any school is going to be expensive. The other post I’ve read they say $40,000 -$47,000. That’s a bunch of BS. I graduated in Dec 2010 with an Associates and I don’t have to pay back no 45,000. Mines is more like not even $24,000, even though that’s not any better. It’s just may be different for other people I guess.
I really don’t have a lot to say because I’ve already made 2 posting I have made on here. One was after I graduated and the other was when I was starting my 7th quarter while I was still enrolled. One Titled, “2010 Graduate from ITT.” The other is titled, “ 7th Quarter Student.” Check both of these out. There are a few in between that you might find helpful or not. Which I hope it kind of help you with a decision. Other you are a grown man or woman, you can make your own decision.
I started at ITT in Jun 2008... This is my last year and I will be grad with a Bach of Sci in Criminal Justice in March 2012... Throught out the years I have received support from my instructors and administrators... The faculty is very friendly and it is very family oriented ..
Not only are intstructors here to teach you on material but give advice on life as well. It has not been easy,, there have been many times where I just wanted to quit.. But I didnt because of the atmosphere at ITT Tech. Discrimination does not exist. Every one recieves an equal opportunity.
Its like the faculty goes above and beyond to make sure everyone succeeds. I would def reccommend ITT Tech to anyone of any age and any background. Im so anxious about graduating. 2012 here I come..!
My experience at ITT-Tech was very rewarding. I am three quarters away from completing my bachelor's degree in Construction Management and feel that my time here was well spent. All of my instructors in my core classes were experts in their respective fields and added to my overall education. I have seen instructors fired for not adding value to their student’s education.
How many other schools REQUIRE that you give evaluations of your instructor and the overall quality of the curriculum? These surveys really do play a part in improving the value of your education. As this is a for profit school, you are the employer and they are the employee. If an instructor is not helping you to succeed, it is your obligation to voice your grievances. Not only to better your education but that of your fellow students.
The career services department has put me in touch with many great employers. I have yet to obtain a job from one of these leads but I keep my head high. I realize that this is not the best economy to be entering the job market. The amount of people laid off in the construction industry only forces me to work harder and gain as much information as I can from my instructors. As my title states, you get out what you put in. Stop blaming your laziness on someone else and do the work!
I'm due to graduate in September 2011 and I regret ever going to this school. Most of the staff is either rude or lazy and you rush through the materials so fast you can't even say you learned anything at all. I wasted 4 hours in my composition 1 class doing nothing! Waste of time! If you have a life, don't go here because they don't care what you have going on. My car was broken into while I was at class and no one even cared. They have 2 security guards riding around the parking lot, so what the hell happened??
The dean is impossible to get ahold of. The Financial Aid department is a joke too. They always loose my paperwork and wait till the last minute to let you know when stuff is due. Also, you waste money buying books or materials you hardly if ever use. DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL!! IT'S A JOKE OF A SCHOOL!!!