Southern Technical College Reviews

2.37 out of 5 stars
(117 Reviews)
  • Orlando (FL) (and 4 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $32,275
32% of 117 students said this degree improved their career prospects
41% of 117 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.7 out of 5 stars
Interior Design student - 3/7/2016
Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"I graduated from Southwest Florida College with a BS degree in Interior Design. I can’t say that I learned a great deal since I was already well self-educated. The majority of instructors are adjuncts who work full time at other jobs. I also took online courses each quarter along with courses on campus. There were exceedingly few instructors who actually tried to teach. Most simply presented material and graded assignments, and many of the courses were far too easy. It was bad enough in the first years, but after the school was bought by Southern Technical College the situation worsened. To test my theory that some of the teachers were not paying attention and simply doling out grades, I deliberately submitted severely flawed assignments in an online course where it appeared the instructor was completely uninvolved. Essays that should have earned me an ‘F’ grade and charges of plagiarism were returned very quickly with an ‘A’. Apparently all I needed to do was turn in pages with writing on them in the proper format. When I tried to contact the instructor about the lack of her participation, she said she was working full time and traveling and could not assist me. I filed several complaints with college administrators and got no response from them either. The few instructors who did teach were great, and I enjoyed the discussions I had with them. There simply weren’t enough of them. I can’t speak about trying to transfer credits since I have not tried, but expect it would get me no-where. I can say that the school promised that it would get CIDA accreditation and that this would be applied to my degree even if the program was accredited after my graduation. Now the school is closing the Interior Design program and will never achieve CIDA accreditation, so my degree just became even more worthless. And, I have over $60,000 in debt to pay off. As other students have indicated, the school does little to match graduates with jobs or even internships. This makes it very difficult to find a decent firm willing to provide the additional experience that is required by Florida law in order to achieve Interior Designer licensure. For those interested in attending this college, I would strongly suggest they steer clear and seek a higher education from a proper school."
1.0 out of 5 stars
C. Meyers - 12/14/2015
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2010
"Please do not waste your money!!!! I finished this program early, accrued 25,000 in loans. While the school promised job markets for all of their fields I have had to rely on my own experience to survive. The degrees offered here do little other than help find $8.00 to $10.00 per hour jobs which can be found without the degree. This institution shows up on my federal student loans as "Florida career college". The employees are nice the classes are simple but most of the credits did not transfer to community college so I had to start almost all over to get a real associates degree. After graduating I began contacting the school for job placement help and after several frustrating phone calls all I got was a a reworked resume that they put together using Microsoft word, and being told and I quote "We are not going to roll out the red carpet for you, if you want a job you need to go out and find one". I couldn't believe this is what I paid so much money for, after all the hype about 99% job placement and lifetime job placement assistance. I finally realized I had been scammed!!! Please please please go to one of the many local community colleges in the area I promise it will be worth it in the long run."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Joanna Pharo - 12/1/2015
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012
"Steer Clear of this terrible school. Every bit on knowledge i have about being a MA is because i read the books. They lied and said my credits would transfer and the wont. I wasted time and money.. They ruined the college experience for me. Way over priced too!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Angry student - 11/24/2015
Degree: Ultrasound Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"Listen to everything people are saying. Its all true. This school is a complete joke. There is no organization, and no care for the students. The staff changes every semester and no one ever knows what is going on. I wish I had listened to what people told me about this school before I started. Its the worst school I've ever been to."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Kelly - 11/19/2015
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2016
"This school is a joke... You have the staff team that's dresses like whores. Not all, but some. They dress as if they were going to the club. Most of instructors can't even speak English at all. You have instructors who quit every week. And their replacement are worst. Racist school. Seems as if this school is only concern about the Spanish students. They cater more them . This school loves money .. They could care less about the students."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Chelsea - 10/20/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"The worst school ever! Way over priced and they could care less about your education. They tell you if you have a problem they will fix it. Except they tell you one thing and then side with the teacher. Even when she/he is unethical and unprofessional."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Michelle - 9/24/2015
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"I'm in my 4th semester of Health Information Management. Every school in Ft Myers is expensive.. I did the research. I chose this college because The American Health Information Management Association recommended this school for the program and is recognized and is an accredited program for AHIMA. To keep the expenses down I was able to receive 2 grants. When I graduate my loans will be down to 15,000, so I don't understand why people are paying over 30,000 if you keep a 4.0 grade point and apply for scholarships and do the community outreach grant you can make your loans and college costs more affordable. The school and staff seem to be more stable now that Southern Tech took over. Most of the teachers I have had have some type of work experience in the HIM program so that is a plus."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Don't GO here - 9/21/2015
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
"I DO NOT recommend this school to anyone. It is a waste of time and money I have to pay back all this money and I wasted 18 months of my life and only needed 6months of what I was really attending there for which was Medical billing and coding. Most of the time you are teaching yourself and there were only 3 teachers that really cared about the students. I wish I would have not attended this school. CORP is a joke they care NOTHING about the students and what they are learning they put people in positions that should not be there. They put someone that had just graduated as a teachers and made him the head of dept. and he didn't know ANYTHING about teaching or how to even do anything. I really feel this school should be shut down. My externship I like where I went but it was not in the field what I attended the school which all of my fellow student all complained about the same thing. Take my advice and DO NOT go to STC run and don't look back. The people in financial aid are crocked as heck they will not give you the money owned to you but run you down to pay them."
1.0 out of 5 stars
vb - 7/6/2015
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2004
"I am 36K in the hole for an associates that has gotten me NO WHERE. I struggle to pay my student loans and because of this I am scared to even go back to school because I do not want to rack up any more debt. I have been lucky with jobs but only for my experiance not for my degree. I was stuck doing customer service from 2004 (graduation) to 2014. 10 years and I was still stuck on the phones making $14 an hour. ======DO NOT DO IT======= Go to a community collage, yes it is a little harder to just walk in and start getting your degree but trust me, when you are trying to decide if you should pay your student loans or buy groceries it is not fun. Fed Student Loans do not care that you can barely afford your bills. They will try and work with you but what I have to pay is still more than what I can afford. It is a constant struggle for me. Just don't go to any of these schools. Financial services are great for this school because they want your money"
1.0 out of 5 stars
John Silver Esq. - 6/30/2015
Degree: Technology Management
Graduation Year: 2015
"At last the school goes under and sells the business to Southern Technical. The name change will not correct the issues of management. This is the worst possible school around. Credits are not accepted by anyone. Employers do not recognize the education from SWFC as valid. I was ashamed to watch the best instructors be dismissed from employment while they kept instructors that did not have credentials, yes, several were teaching classes without degrees or a lesser degree in another subject area. Program managers without a degree in the same field. The more I think about it, the department of education and the accreditation should look into this school. I believe the schools owes money back to the students for taking advantage of them. Another sad feature of this entire event is that the bottom feeders that were left after the change are still employed at Southern Technical. If Southern Technical's executives only knew the truth, it would be a different scenario."