Prism Career Institute Reviews
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I choose this school because it was close to home - was never recommanded to me by anyone - but if I knew what I knew now I would not have gone. When I first started there the school was PJA School. While I attended the name was changed to Prism. There are so many reasons I became very unhappy there but was STUCK.
1. Everything they did was a secret to the students until it happened.
2. The administration wasn't available to the evening classes. Working full-time and attending evenings it wasn't easy to contact them during the day when I needed to speak with them but when I would get to the school they weren't available.
3. There were students who would cause problems, fight and have alot of drama around them and instead of leave the school they would allow this to continue. No probation, no discipline for those who were trouble maker.
4. Phone calls were not returned in a timely manner or were just ignored. With all of this and more that would go on at this school I stayed. If it wasn't for one of my instuctors, D K, who would make classes interesting and fun, I would have dropped out and tried to find another school. D showed his students respect and proper instruction on many areas of the Paralegal field. He would also bring in interesting speakers. His instruction permitted great informaiton. It was good that D was a lawyer so that he was speaking from experience and how he would have things done for himself at his firm. Out of all my instructors, he is the only one who when you weren't having a class with him he was still interested in you and seeing you in the hall he would great you and ask how your class was going. He we always there for extra help. D was there for me when I needed to take a class on a Saturday (which Prism didn't usually have) but D was there to to help me get a couple of classes completed on a Saturday. If the school only had him as a tacher I would go back and get my Associates in Paralegal Studies.
I graduated from Prism Career Institute in 2011 with a associates degree in Paralegal studies. My legal instructor, D.K. really helped prepare me to work in the legal field.
I already had a job with a law firm as a secretary, but because of the lessons taught in Mr. K's class, I was able to be promoted at my job.
If you are looking to pursue a job as a paralegal, Dave Kline is the best instructor to help you pursue your dreams.
Currently I am a student at Peirce College which I transferred to in 2010 after leaving Prism Career Institute. Although my time at Prism did not end well and I would not recommend the school for others I probably would have left a lot sooner had it not been for my teacher D. K. He was honestly the best teacher that I have ever had and truly prepared his students with the information necessary to be successful in the legal profession.
After transferring schools I was anxious about how I would do and was pleasantly surprised to find that I already knew a lot of the information given out in class thanks to D. K being such a thorough and enthusiastic instructor. To this day I still contact D. for advice on homework assignments or attorney referrals for friends and family and he always gets back to me with helpful answers. I learned a lot from D. K about different areas of law and also learned life lessons from relevant and exciting class discussion; Q & A and home work assignments that were fairly graded and always handed back on time with comments and corrections. D. K has a wealth of knowledge to share and I am glad that I was lucky enough to have him as a teacher.
My time at studying at Prism was Excellent due to my instructors. One Instructor in particular Dk. DK was dedicated to teaching and guiding his students in each course i took with him.
His classes were always informative, applying modern day cases helped better understand and grasp material. DK's research and writing assignments have proven me to become a better analytical thinker.
Couldnt have asked for a better teacher, through his assignments of various legal applications I was able to apply what i was taught and has made me more successful at my current position.
I began Prism for an Associate's in Paralegal Studies when it was still The PJA School for Paralegal and Accounting. In the middle of my tenure, it switched to Prism; however, I still had the same instructors. The core classes were simple and easy to excel in as they were basic knowledge courses with regard to the office environment. Once my legal courses began, I learned a lot from my instructor D. K., an attorney for 20+ years. Mr. K. taught real life skills with regard to working in a law firm. Unlike some instructors, he taught lessons which prepared his students for the work force. While nearing the end of my studies at Prism, D. K. referred me to a sole practitioner (attorney) who handled personal injury matters.
I have been happily employed with this attorney since August of 2010. Mr. K. has helped me excel within the legal field with the knowledge he has provided along with great recommendations to my current employer. He has also provided me with the confidence to continue my education after Prism. Since I have graduated in 2011, I have enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at Rosemont College, where I currently have a 3.89 GPA and will be graduating this coming December. I do not believe I would have achieved all that I have without the guidance of D. K. Thus, if anyone is looking to enter the legal field as a paralegal and have the chance to have D. K. as an instructor, it is a guaranteed great learning experience.
West Altanic City school is horrible administration and structure wise. Teachers are dropping like flies, the directors and the rest of the admin aren't hardly here. The career development ladies are awesome and really work with you to help you find a job, or so I have heard. The director doesn't know whats going on. The receptionist is clueless. I've overheard her answer the phone and she sounded so unprofessional and didn't know anything about the programs the school offers. She is no help what so ever!
The teachers at the school are awesome and can teach you alot if your willing to learn and apply the information your given. It also seems like the standards have dropped at the school and they are now accepting any and everyone just to get money. The school has no problem telling you that your late on monthly payments but they can't tell you what class your going to!! So disorganized!
I did my research and at the time this school seemed like the best fit for me but now I think I would've been better paying out of pocket and just go to ACCC for the same program. I wonder sometimes what our tuition goes towards. For as much as we pay we should have new vending machines, better computers, etc. I know the teachers work with what they have but this school has just gone done hill!!
Thats all I can think of now but if I can think of more stuff to add I will definitely write another review
I was very pleased with my instructors and their knowledge on the material as well as preparing me for what I needed to know. But I was dissatisfied with the rest of the faculty. Financial Aid is the worst around, here I thought my account was paid off until one day I received a collection letter in the mail for a balance due. Not once was a statement sent to me, or a bill, or ANY collection calls made to me or any numbers I provided. I was never followed up on directly after school with finding any jobs, then when I found 2 jobs on my own they wanted to take credit for these jobs, which I did not provide any information due that it was my hard work not theirs.
It was disheartening to see a year and a half after graduating from the school I am still having problems, which ruins my recommendation for the the education program with valuable teaching staff. Any one considering... reconsider.
They have an excellent male instructor who gives great lessons and career advice and Director of the program that really cares about the students and the nursing field.
A couple of AWESOME clinical instructors that are patient. The practical nursing program is a little disorganzed but manageable. They are CHEAP only supplying one set of uniforms for a 15month program. Its a good option to enter the nursing field. The curriculum is demanding but can be handled by a focused and determined student!
Its worth the money if you are encountering long wait list for other 2year options or you are a non-traditional student in limbo. It works for me and for you as long as you take responsibility for your education.
After reading all the reviews given, I felt it is my duty to take up for Prism. I attended a six month course at Prism Career Institute, and it was great. After earning a 3.75 GPA I was sent to an externship site that was looking to hire 2 new employees. I was told that they would only send people to externship sites that were looking to hire, if those student were good students who weren't about the B.S. always in class and on time, never disrespectful, and would do well in a work environment. I was ultimately hired at my externship site, and was employed there until 2011 when I was laid off. I was out of work for only two weeks when I got another job in my field. All of these people who had bad experiences with Prism, is probably because they went there and acted like they had no home training, disrespected the instructors, and really didn't care about the outcome of their education.
Prism took me from working in a casino, making $9.50 an hour to sitting behind a desk in an important position making $13.00 per hour. Even after I was laid off, I went to see the Job Placement coordinator who had me back at work in less than a month. Yes some of classes I took didn't teach me what I needed to know. But there are some things you have to learn on the job, some things you will never understand until you experience them. I can say that Medical Terminology is a very important factor that I picked up at Prism, something I use everyday, and wouldn't be able to do my job without. If you apply yourself and can be seen as an individual who is dedicated and hardworking Prism will most likely work out for you.
My insights? Really as if there's enough space here to actually file a legitmate complaint or have a real revivew of a school that's another for-profit. Granted the school is in fact what you make. You get what you put into it, but if show up on time dressed to the nines and there's no teacher while they stress a particular dresscode that students causally ignore well, aren't you in luck. Where do I even begin? Let's I'm sitting in class again wtih no teacher. Oh yeah she has jury duty and can't attend class today so she left an assignment that we've to work on while she's away. Don't know what it is because it's not my job to track down the teacher in charge currently in charge of her class during her absence. That's right, I've no idea where the acting teacher is. And they wonder why I'm always late for school. This "institution' is a joke. I feel really bad for the students that give a damn about the student well being because those are the only teacher that matter. All the others are just fillers. The real teachers at prism offer there services beyond the classroom. I've been in for numerous tutoring sessions because of the lemons I have during the day. A simple note on the door about where to pick said assignment would have been way too courteous for this teacher who constantly brags about here MBA she reaceived in nineteen seventy-whatever. High education means informing you student of the assignment on the same day it's due. Not leaving the majority of you class to rot in the computer lab on a hot day. (the computer lab has no AC and only half of the computers available have internet access. Luckily, I found one today. I found out today that the majority of day students will have to get up even earlier to comply with the Dept. of Education's new standards for Vocational School. New day hours are 8:15am-3:00pm if you're a single parent with kids this is not for you. If you're a student who wants to just pass and avoid the drama of kissing you know what to pass, this is not the school for you. If you follow all the rules of this school. This is NOT the place for you. I continue to write reviews on this website until something about this school changes. The good teachers shouldn't have to struggle neither should the students who are paying a wopping 31k for lackluster education.