Penn Foster Career School Reviews
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Im one happy PF graduate. I had finish HVAC course in 2007. Got my HVAC Technician Diploma. It took me about 1.5 to finish the course. Done it all while working as a Industrial Food Equipment Mechanic / Building Maintenance Technician. Had a lot of hand-on experience as helper to repair and maintain refrigeration systems. Have learn a lot in this course. Thinking about taking Electrician Technician course. In my opinion PF is good choice for someone who can get a hand-on experience as a helper or volunteer while taking classes at PF. Without the experience it will be tough. (this might be a reason why so many people leave negative feedbacks about PF.)
First of all I only say I would not recommend the school because they do not tell you this information before signing up...even though I asked them. Luckily I am in a state that does not require you to be registered to work in the field. If I did than I would be very angry!
I have recently enrolled in the Dental Assistant program and after enrolling I found out that the program does not give you the degree you need for becoming registered in states that require it. So if you are planning on working in a state that requires you to be registered than you are going to have to do the program from a school that is accredited for registration in the state you plan to work in. In some states you do not even need to have any knowledge in the field to get a job. They will just train you on the job. So I am hoping that taking this course will at least give me knowledge and possibly a foot in the door to becoming a dental assistant.
People, do not listen to all the negative things you hear about the school. It's obvious that some people did not find it easy enough to be able to comprehend the material. I started the program and trust me they amke you work.
It's fun to be able to learn at your own speed and not have a nagging teacher down your throat. When I was in high school my math teacher didn't even check your work, as long as you turned in a piece of paper you got graded for it. And trust me I didn't let in that class.
Some people(me) can learn better by themselves. Penn Foster is well accredited since 1959. Check it out for yourselves. www.ope.ed.gov
The information was out dated and very repetitive, The Student services was never helpful and they would put you on hold for 10 minutes at a time. when someone would pick up they wouldn't have any of the answers and would transfer you to another person that didn't know what they were talking about either.
Their website is often down and freezes, if you are in the middle of testing it submits your answers automatically and they do not let you re take your test even if no answers were filled in at the time of "submission".
I know someone that went through the IWPP, their materials were up to date and very informative.
I will not be referring anyone to Penn Foster.
I was given a reasonable tuition and time period to finish my course. It seemed to be going well, I received my materials in a timely manner, the same with my exams. When I finished before the time period, I had to wait on my diploma. Meanwhile, I asked questions regarding my next step, but I was put off because I had not been issued my diploma.
I spoke to one of the advisors who again offered no assistance (red flag) then I received my diploma. I called again and in so many words was told I was on my own. Once paid up, diploma in hand, I was dumped. I called around and discovered I was programmed as an Aide which was not the same as a occupational assistant, I needed additional training for which I did not have funds (this information came from some of the calls I made). Every subsequent call I made to the school was to no avail, there was no follow as noted in the brochures to check on my exploits after graduating the programs.
I love it I am half way done with my courses and its great!!! I highly recommend this online school!!!
I would recommend this school. I took the dog obedience/trainer course and did well. I also like the fact that they make it affordable. Materials were always shipped in a timely mannor. I had no problems with this school.
I have never experienced a more cold dispassionate school. After almost completing the course I chose, I was extremely disappointed and felt that the course was inadequate, and would in no way provide for a future position anywhere.
After consulting several businesses regarding my completion I found that I would not be eligible for work in their companies. So for what its worth. Make sure what you are studying will be needed and you will be qualified for work in the chosen field after completing this or any course in this school. And by the way I was an A student.
I recommend this school I am almost through with my pharmacy technician course and I have had no problems with shipments or payments from the school. The course is not hard to learn and very simple and the books are not behind in current procedures and techniques so I have no complaints at all with this school whatsoever!!
Penn Foster is an excellent choice for online education. I earned my Associate Degree 03/2008. The program was easy to follow and the teacher support was excellent. All books and most supplies were included in the program and the cost was very reasonable.