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First off, they don't have enough instructors for the classes they teach. Two instructors quit, and they never replaced them. For about a month or so, there was only 1 instructor for all the classes. That's one instructor for a class or two in the classrooms, then at least another class in the lab. The courses often repeated themselves. They use different class titles to make it look like they are teaching you something else. The syllabus provided when you sign up is nowhere close to what you're going to learn. They don't even have a good deal of the equipment they are supposed to be teaching you. Plan to spend most of your time either waiting for supplies (they run out on a routine basis...you have to pick material out of the garbage if you want to weld) or waiting for the single band saw, or single track torch. Forget the plasma cutter, you can't use that because they don't want to pay for replacement parts. You will not receive any type of qualifications (like advertised) because they don't even bother to bend test any of your welds. 18 months and I had one bend test. I understand that the student has to put the time in to gain something from a tech school, but the school is so bad you just want to get out of there as soon as possible. Good luck with the online courses that you have to take at the school...that's right, you have to take online classes and you can't do it from your computer at home. Don't do it, trust me.
In the beginning months I was raving about stc. The last months things started changing. The director at the school made things impossible at the end. Iit s because of her that I would never recommend anyone to attend STC.. As for the instructors, they are the absolutely best there is. They are the best teachers,very supportive and care alot about their students. Today i became a certified RMA and i owe it all to them . Thank you,my favorite 3
This school is a complete joke. They are holding my degree hostage because of THEIR screw up regarding my financial aid. They kept changing the amount I owed several times with amounts ranging from $1,800-$3,600. They even threatened to ban me from my graduation ceremony! For TWO years no one says a word about the additional monies I owe until TWO weeks before graduation. Um, ok I would have been paying all along if I had known. They lied to me from day 1 and now I have a worthless degree and cannot test for the RHIT or RHIA credentials unless I start all over at an accredited college. I am now $50k in student loan debt, cannot transfer my credits, don't make enough to even cover my monthly student loan debt and am being harassed by creditors. Most of the things I learned here, I taught myself. Don't waste your time here!!!!
My experience at Southern technical College has been horrific so far. Instructors are not given the proper materials to help the students and from my experience whenever the instructors have reached out to the office they are blown off. Every good instructor that I have had so far in my interior design program has left the school since I have started my degree. I have had two instructors so far that have caused problems within the design program and I have reached out to Mr. E for help. He stated that no other students have complained and I explained to him that the students are afraid to complain due to the fact that they are not taken serious so they have given up. Just last week I reached out to Mr. E I'm confidence to explain to him that a new instructor he has hired has crossed the line professionally with his words to his students calling me bulimic and another girl large with that being said I do want to state that he was joking but it was still unprofessional. E's direct response was that he didn't believe he would say that but he would talk to him. I immediately found out that he did talk to this professor and told the professor who said the complaint and the following week the professor announced to the class that it was me who made the complaint. I'm usually not a complainer but the school is extremely expensive and nothing is being done to better these students futures. Southern technical college I urge you to take a trip to your Fort Myers campus and look into all of the complaints and take action to provide your students a better future.
If you are looking to get into a trade, please DO NOT consider this school. No one knows what they're talking about, different departments tell you different things, they try to make you pay their tuition even if they don't have a class for you that month. They lied about their welding certificate being nationally recognized, and it took call after to call to convince them to actually give the certificate after completing the program. Also lied and said A.A. credits would transfer over, and then jumped through hoops to get them to actually mean that. Classes weren't offered every month and so there would be whole months where there was no instruction, just extending the completion time. Trades and vocational educations are cool, but not from this dump of an institution who take advantage of paying individuals who want to better their lives.
I'm in the HVAC program and I've gained so much knowledge in this field since I started. Within just a few months I felt confident that I could go out into the field and start working. All the instructors are very knowledgeable especially Mr.E. they're all grate assets to the learning process. The school is also great for anyone in the reserve or the national guard with the GI Bill and will work with you when you have to go away from any kind of training.
If you are military, a military dependent, or a veteran I implore you not to waste your VA benefits or Tuition Assistance on this for profit diploma mill. Literally nothing they tell you is worth the oxygen consumed to say it or the paper it is written on. I am initiating a one man campaign to disqualify this school from receipt of federal loans of any sort and I hope you don't make the same mistake my family did.
This school is ridiculous. Before I got in the advisor preached to me how they understand people have a life and family and they work with that in mind. The financial aid girl was really cool and helpful too in the beginning. Now the only time she even looks at me is when they want money and I haven't spoke to the advisor since I started and she said she emailed her students every week checking up on how everything is going. I really feel like they just told me what I wanted to hear so they could get me to take out a loan and give them all this money. The amount of homework assigned by the teachers is out of this world. I don't get how they expect you to do 2 to 3 chapters a week per class plus study for 1 to 3 quizzes per class as well. They overwhelm you with work and on top of it all you basically teach yourself. Yea there are a couple teachers that are really helpful and will help with whatever but besides that you're doing everything yourself. A couple of girls I started with already dropped out because it's too much and it's only the second term. If you miss one day it drops your grade by 10 points and there's no making it up no matter the reason you missed. You literally have to have no job and no responsibility and live at home to keep up and get all the homework done and studied up on for the following week. I barely spend time with my fiance and kid because I'm so tied up with school and I won't even mention how my house looks. Working a part time job I still am behind on my homework because it's literally so much. This is why people hold off on college because it really does take all your time and focus from everything else. I feel like I've been lied to just to get in the program and give them my money. It's b.s. Honestly.
This school is an awesome school and very helpful. The teachers are amazing and go out of there way to help the students. Dr.Langford is especially great at keeping the students informed and the instructors as well. She is always answering any questions we have and if she cannot answer it she tries her best to find the answer and gets back to us. Dr.Pagan is an excellent instructor who explains everything thoroughly and in great detail and if we do not understand he spends more time on it or he will take time out and spend one on one time with you.
It was very helpful. In everything. I needed. Im very grateful I choose this school to get me to the next level. If you are looking for a school that will help you succeed Southern Technical College is the way to go. I learned and gained so much from my time being here.