Northeast Technical Institute Reviews
I'm a vet, they told me with my tuition assistance I wouldn't have to pay anything out of pocket but they jacked up my paperwork and about a year after I graduated I got a call from collections saying I owed them 5 grand. So I go back to the school house in Bangor to talk to them about it and the guy was a total d****** and tried to make it out like I was some sort of delinquent. Asides from that the class was a joke. You just take turns reading from the dot commercial regulations book that you can get for free at the dmv. And as for drive time you get very little and the trucks are pretty old and crappy.
This School is a big fat joke would not encourage to go here. All they do is lie and tell you what you want to hear. As a matter of fact I have had people tell me they were interested in going there and I told them to stay as far away as possible. So people please do some research before going to this school.
DO NOT GO TO NTI FOR YOUR CDL! The instructors do not help you at all, they show you how to do something once and then sit in the office all day. They have 2 trucks between 14 students so most of your time will be standing around waiting for your turn. The instructors blame the student for the trucks not working. They promise you 12 hours behind the wheel and I only got 9 hours. They lie about it to meet state requirements. After you complete the course you will not be scheduled for your License exam for 3 weeks so you will be rusty by the time you go for your test. I wish I knew how terrible NTI was before I put myself $7,000 in debt.
I attended NTI in Bangor Maine. This school is a total joke. They know that anyone wanting a CDL needs access to a truck to take your road test. They exploit this by charging 6300.00 for their training program. The class work is not even needed. Study the material from the state and take the states permit test is all that is needed. Driving time required by the state is 18 hours. I did not even come close to the driving time needed. It is obvious that they fudge the books to show that everyone has completed the time needed to test for a license. If I had it to do over I would go to a national carrier like Werner, Schneider, Prime or Western Express and take their in house program which pays you to get your cdl.
At NTI, they prefer to insult and humiliate their problem students in front of their classmates instead of talking to them in privacy like they do in other health-related classes. I have been to a number of healthcare classes where they offer everyone a private conference and offer constructive advice instead of being rude to them in public. Students who are not selected for an externship are not even told the reasons why. This leaves them with no idea what they need to work on after leaving the program. I was a witness to one teacher permitting a group of students to disrupt the class when they knew people were taking exams and trying to study. They got very little discipline and the teacher even acted like she enjoyed their company. With the multiple choice open book exams, I used to be able to match up the program material with the test questions, sometimes without even understanding what I was reading and only knowing what the words meant and nothing more. On the good side, I had teachers who taught me about the WORD program so I ended up know how to handle this. I also was able to gain knowledge from the computer program and like others have pointed out, you can buy this directly from the company at a lower price.
It is basically watching videos and doing labs online all day, with little to no hands on experience. You can purchase those lab videos for 1/5 of the price you will pay at NTI. it is definitely a school for profit. If you get any financial aid they will take the most amount they can and you pay the rest, but because of the worthless degree you will end up being in debt anyway. Cannot recommend that place to anyone.
I DO NOT recommend NTI what so ever the staff are rude and are only interested in your wallet. In the IT section you are charged 12000 to sit there and watch videos from a program that you can pay the website directly for everything less than two grand. The instructors haven't taken the program and there are constant problems with the program working. You don't get credit for doing any school work online with their program unless sitting in the school. Their dropout rate is so low because if you fall behind in schoolwork or have any problems showing up they drop you and take your money not affecting their scores, and if they drop you and you would like to return they charge you full price tuition plus an extra fee for being dropped. Everything said NTI is the worst decision I have ever had the displeasure of making.
I just graduated yesterday from NTI's HVAC/R program, and I start my new job on Monday. Such an awesome experience from the time I first walked in the door, spoke to Admissions (they were not pushy like another school that just started offering hvac in So Portland - that school seemed so desperate for me to enroll and had zero graduates and zero job placement). Anyway, the admissions person really listened to me, and didn't try to sell. The financial aid lady was just as good. And the instructors were outstanding. Our entire class did great, we all got jobs. I can tell you, that the folks at NTI really care about students, love what they do - it shows every single day.
I attended the Clinical Medical Assistant because after comparing all other schools in the area, NTI had more hands on in the Laboratory (almost 250 hours versus only 80 at the Community College). And it only took me 7 months to complete compared to two years at all the other schools. I was also impressed by their job placement. I loved the training, passed my certification on the very first try and they arranged SEVEN interviews for me the 3 weeks PRIOR to graduation. I had 3 job offers within a week after that. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NTI to everyone and anyone interested in going back to school
I went to NTI to become a medical assistant. I visited another school in Sanford but my friend did not have a very good experience there. Mostly I didn't feel pressured and they were very helpful during admissions. The teachers were very friendly and helpful and I was able to do some of the classes from home. My clinical class was great and I made some good friends. Overall I really liked the classes a lot, I learned a lot and I got a really good externship.
Not five stars because I don't think anyplace is perfect and there were a couple things that could have been better (longer break for lunch!) and it was a lot of work. But I guess it is supposed to be a lot of work.
Would definitely recommend to someone who doesn't want to go to a college and just wants to get through and go to work.