Student & Graduate Reviews
Marley - 9/11/2020
Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
Graduation Year: 2021
"This school gave me so many issues, We barely get any information on whats going on during covid times. We did switch to online. but In the middle of finishing a class it came a time where we didn't have a teacher and no one could tell us anything. From start all the way close to end i would not recommend this school. WHAT SO EVER. they dont not care about your well being just your MONEY. we are still waiting to hear back from administrators on when we are returning to clinical and finishing up our last class which is just a seminar. its been a month maybe almost 2 since we've heard from our director or what you would call a principal at a highschool. The class that was supposed to graduate in july is still on standby also. I am stressed. i feel like i got cheated my two years after high school going to this school. Oh yes while we are waiting to hear back from someone, the students received an exit form saying since we arent in school we will have to start repaying our school loans. When truly it isnt our fault that we arent in school. I wasted my time and money"
Pires - 3/6/2020
Graduation Year: 2021
"Current going to porter and Chester for hvac the teacher is very lazy and unhelpful it’s more likely taking a online class than a hand on things no help at all . Been siting on the classroom for about 2 months and and everything you do you have to lock it on YouTube to understand it because no help it’s a self teaching school"
Pat - 12/10/2019
Degree: CAD/Computer Aided Drafting
Graduation Year: 2012
"The incentive to attend Porter & Chester for Architectural AutoCAD was mainly for the job placement assistance. Being taught by someone who had worked in the field seemed a good idea – initially. P&C "job placement assistance" included useful information such as “don’t talk bad about your past employer” and “don’t talk on your cell phone during an interview” with a sloppy PowerPoint presentation for effect. I was sent on interviews to jobs that I was totally unqualified for and for positions that required more than just a passing knowledge of specific high end difficult to learn software that was NOT taught at P&C in Chicopee Ma. in 2011-2012. Example of job interviews I was set on with my one year of Porter & Chester Architectural AutoCAD were: CAD Administrator, Mechanical Design Drafter, CAD Technician/Project Set-Up and HVAC Designer. Minimum Requirements of those jobs: Associate’s Degree in Engineering, Bachelors Degree, PDM Database Management or Mechanical Design – with real world experience. A Porter & Chester Architectural Drafting Certificate: 1. Does not qualify one to be a CAD Administrator 2. Does not qualify one to train others in CAD or user support 3. Does not qualify one for PDM Database Management 4. Does not qualify one to analyze or make recommendations to engineers 5. Does not qualify one to be a Mechanical Design Drafter 6. Does not qualify one to produce mechanical assembly level drawings and illustrations 7. Does not qualify one to check technical correctness and adherence to engineering standards 8. Does not qualify one to review and approve Engineering Change Requests, etc. 9. Did not include exposure to AutoCAD MEP 10. Does not qualify one to “utilize RDK CAD Standards” 11. Does not qualify one in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, etc. 12. Does not equal a Associates or Bachelors Degree in engineering or architecture 13. Does not give a thorough understanding of the principles of HVAC systems design \ HVAC systems for laboratories, higher-ed, industrial or other high tech facilities 14. Does not qualify one to perform site surveys and engineering calculations 15. Does not make one fluent in AutoCAD MEP or Revit 16. Does not give instruction on AutoDesk Inventor 17. Does not give formal training in Autodesk 3-D modeling software 18. Does not make one fluent in 3-D CAD Round trip driving to interview for jobs with the requirements listed above could exceed four hours. It’s obvious that the “Job Placement Specialist” and the “Instructors” were not on the same page or didn’t really care. Job placement seemed a token effort at best. Many times as students we were told that if we did not get a job in the field then that meant that we were lazy or something to that effect. There was a real arrogance there. If you're told they have connections with employers, be wary. So I with my Federal and Pell Grant loan deferments and no job in the industry, would not recommend Porter & Chester — to anyone. Grades can be seen at: http://laxemedia.com/grades.html"
JR - 11/8/2019
Degree: Computer Networking
Graduation Year: 2019
"Worst school ever they are money hungry that’s all it matters to them not the students Teachers at night was terrible reading from a book and that was it no interaction with the students no challenging your knowledge of what was going on homework you turn it in and grades 95% with out even reading what had you summit it better off buying you own books and go and get ready for certification on your own So in another words I pay 30,000.00 dollars for a diploma not for knowledge Knowledge I got it on my own studying with the co students So please don’t come to this school and the director pat O’Brien is the worst he doesn’t even care if you have complaints about anything in school he just give you the yeah yeah yeah sht and that’s it I so regret coming here but now I’m Done"
Nothing - 3/7/2019
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013
"Do not attened this school they will bury you in debt they are not good and do not go over all the loan terms with you and when you graduate they will report 8000 against your credit they are not professional and just a lowsy school and therd programs dint not get you ready for the real world"
Steve - 12/2/2018
Degree: Automotive Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"First off I'd like to say I've attended Porter And Chester in canton for a year and a half. During my time I graduated from the Automotive program and completed a portion of the first term of my HVAC class. I feel it's important to mention I'm attending this school for free on behalf of my Post 9/11 GI bill. Not only is it free, but I receive $3110.00 a month to attend this school. This review is not applicable to my time in the Automotive Program. Of the time I spent there I will say the class was okay at best. I will leave it at that. since I started HVAC this schools true colors are starting to show! Having been a Military Police officer for 8 1/2 years and attending other schools. I can say for a fact that I would definitely NOT recommend this school to a friend! If I had to pay tuition for this joke I don't know what I would do. Again STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. Now onto the reason I will no longer be attending this disgraceful excuse for a financial institution. D. R. was presented as my instructor of HVAC for core refrigeration. He is undoubtedly the most unprofessional individual I have ever come in contact with in all my years of schooling. I'm talking about sexually harassing students, purposely failing students. D. R. made it a point to repeatedly harass me and abuse his position as a teacher. His unprofessionalism is to the likes that I've never seen before. To the point where he even made fun of me for making a sexual harassment complaint. A action he didn't even deny! He said he regretted it to his supervisor H. P. It took the school 6 days to get back to me.. but wait here's the shocker. I had to walk into the superintendents office for him to contact me! I am urging you! If you're reading this just do a little research. The complaints are everywhere! P.S. if anyone wants to verify any of this. Skip calling the school and call the town hall of canton! The town hall knew which school I was talking about before I even told them. That's right! This school is that bad. buyer be warned."
CGray - 11/9/2018
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2013
"I'm sorry I went for medical assistant. The cost for the carrer does not earn a good income Its not worth it to go here. I was place in a dead end internship which did not expose me to continue my trading for passing the certification. I was placed in a hospital emergency department. All I did there was make beds and do ekg's and vital signs. The hospital just uses students for extra help and that was it. I complained to P& C while in my internship and was told they had no where else to place me. I paid 10 grand and was s******!!!!! They robbed me completely!! I was not the only student that went to this hospital. They must of had other students complaining because they stopped using the hospital for internship. Don't go through P&C!! Go through your local college. It's cheaper and successful."
Choose a different school - 5/22/2017
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
"Choose another school. Porter and Chester holds your records. They refuse to release transcripts to you or any institution unless you are paid in full. Not to mention the amount triples when you graduate, and they don't care if you can't afford it. Either pay it or you get nothing. FYI to students MA pay isn't enough to payback these high student loans. McDonald's in NYC pays more hourly."
Mark - 9/6/2015
Graduation Year: 2011
"I attended the Watertown "campus" in 2009 for their HVAC/R program. The instructors were knowledgable on the subject. They were all former tradesmen that put a lot of time into their trade. Hence, that's why I gave three stars for that. However, the teacher I had for the heating portion just read off power points and in lab, we never had a set schedule. We would pretty much sit around and told to go find something to do. Now, when you have 25+ people doing that, it's impossible for the instructor to make their rounds and help everybody. So, a lot of time was wasted sitting and waiting to be helped and taught. The people at this school weren't the brightest or most well behaved either. fights, drug use, and classroom disruptions were the norm. You had to look after your tools or they would be stolen. The school just wants your money. We never had enough supplies in the HVAC program. Every student there is spending 24K. Why don't we get new supplies or equipment. To work on? Once they get your money, you're just another number. I left after the first semester. I wasn't going to sink in any more money to this scam. I enrolled in a real university and am much happier. NVCC is very close to this "school" and is cheaper, better equipped, and reputable. Stay away!!"