Southern Technical College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (100)
I attended Southern Technical College, Mt. Dora campus. My advice to anyone attending any school like STC is to do your research, and ask yourself what you want to achieve in your career. I have read some reviews of this school that suggest that only students who had a bad attitude or didn't want to work hard are giving negative reviews. That is far from the case; I worked very hard at this school, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade average. I personally feel that this school was not a good choice for me. I have been disappointed to discover that my credits will transfer to only one school; not in my immedite area. I have also had to retake the first aide and CPR classes at cost to me because the ones taught at STC are not accepted by many of the health care facilities in my area. The school's externship is very important in helping one either find a job or get training to put on a resume. I was sent to do my externship in a totally unacceptable facility. When I complained to the placement office about how inappropriate the place was, I was basically told I had to put up with it because there was no other places available. It has hurt me when applying for jobs, because that is the first question I get asked; where did I do my externship. I get a very negative reaction from prospective employers when I tell them. I ended up going back to the job I had before I started attending STC. Make sure that you find out about what kind of salaries to expect to make. The STC staff told me they are not allowed to discuss salaries with students; yet they invited a former student to visit and tell all of us how he was making $25.00 an hr. I have since learned that this is an unusually high salary for an MA in my area. I do know students who have been helped by attending STC. Most of them are students who had minimun wage jobs to begin with or no jobs at all. So attending this school really depends on your career goals. Just do your research, because you may find that there are other more appropriate choices for you.
This school is crooked and will lie to to until you reach the point that leaving would cost you a lot of money and hurt you significantly. They are liars and all of their marketing sounds real good. SOUNDS good. Dont Do It. Go to Edison or some other college that is actually recognized by state universities. This school is a joke. Waste of time and money.
This school is strictly out for money!!!! I attended the Tampa campus and I found the admissions staff and director to be quite rude.
They put you through a ton of loop holes to get an answer for something and it seems that everybody has a different answer for the same question. I havent been there a year and I've seen at least five teachers leave.
I wouldn't recommend this school to.anyone youre better off going to a junior college bc swfc is wayyyyy overpriced
The ones that are writing bad reviews are the ones that don't show up to class and when they do they leave early. Just do your self a favor and stay home. Your wasting your time and you money or your parents money.
I'm from the brandon campus and I see alot of young jerks that dont really belong in school. They expect to pass a class by showing up just 3 days out of the entire course. Professos diaz is a really great instructor in the hvac department, he's also very educated in the electrical field.The front front office are very helpful.The new dean is pushing for uninforms. Thats good, im tired of seeing these young punks tripping over there pants.
All you people writing thumbs up reviews for this school are full of it. Almost evryone in the hvac program at the Brandon location feel taken advantage of. This school charged me for a class i did not even take.
I had a very high grade point average and when I started raising my concerns, almost failed me on my last class. I went there to get knowlege not a degree, some of the so called instructers were off the street level with NO technical background let alone a teaching degree.
They started a program and had to find instructors( if you want to call them that. I was lied too,cheated out of an education and then billed up the wazoo. FRAUD. Try to get a lwayer HA HA someone let me know.
Billed for a class I did not have a teacher for. Since starting this course everyone of my instructors were fired,quit or ? not one original teacher was left when I so called graduated. I owe them 300 to this day and they hold my cert hostage, not even worth paying to get it after spending 9mnths of showing up THEY ARE the worst shool to go for hvac i chose because 5 minutes from my home BIG MISTAKE
I'm enrolled in the Health Information Management (HIM), two year Associate's degree program at SWFC. I am current into my second year. I have had a very positive college experience at SWFC, meeting great students and learning from helpful and focused instructors.
The Port Charlotte campus is small and allows for a nice size of class to teacher ratio. All classes taken so far have been relevant to my major, and thoroughly interesting and enjoyable.
The program manager for the HIM department is also an excellent instructor and mentor. She is willing to help students with their resume, and actively seeks to place both current and graduated students in jobs within the HIM field.
Teachers are always willing to help out students. The workload is pretty substantial, so be prepared to work hard. I feel confident that I will pass the RHIT and CCA exams!
Overall, SWFC is a great college that I highly recommend!
This is my review now that I have completed my degree: I wish I had located all of the bad reviews I can now locate when I started a year ago. When you sign up everyone is more than helpful. But once you start class, you are no different than anyone else and I can say I felt invisible and ignored. Any time I had an issue everyone acted like they were going to help and were concerned but no resolutions were EVER reached. I received books for class AFTER midterms on two occasions (only in a diploma program) one of my classes cut out an entire part of the syllabus (because the teacher was not qualified to teach it) Twice books were removed from the syllabus because "you don't need them" the program manager has changed three times in the last four years, the director of education three times in the last three years. Teachers frequently "didn't have time" to write a test, find what they said they would, grade your papers, etc. There were standards set and when they were not reached, they were thrown out the window. Their career services department copies postings online and sends out a mass e-mail so if your in any kind of medical program you get all of the medical postings, not just ones for you. I am still waiting on answers on assignments from FOUR weeks ago. She cant answer my questions but she will grade my work?
Since I have been at Swfc I have heard so many different versions of the truth. When I ask for advice academically I would get different answers every time. The admissions tell you that they have flexible schedules, which they don't the classes you need aren't always available to take when you need them. They told me that my financial aid wouldn't allow me to take fewer classes only to find out I had taken too many for financial aid to cover leaving me with a balance owed of thousands of dollars, which if you haven't paid before graduation, they withhold your diploma and your transcripts.
Testing out of general education classes are tricky too, if you test out of a class in the beginning, you have to pay a $300 fee to opt out of that class or you still have to take it. I have been an advanced reader throughout school but I am required to take a reading and English class because I couldn't afford to pay the opt out fee for them. They set up payment arrangements to pay off the pile of money you owe ( because of their employees lack of experience and no fault of your own) they will block you from attending classes. Overdue balances of as little as $34 will earn you a kick out of class and no return until its paid.
The professors change in the middle of terms due to being fired without warning. And not to mention having to wait for books crucial to your education not being received until after the midterm. This has been a total nightmare for me and there is no way out of this school because the credits earned here are not accepted at any other school in the county. ( not any reputable ones anyway. Save yourself the trouble when considering going to this school. It will not be a pleasant experience.
I graduated in February and still do not have a job. I was promised a position at my externship when I graduated, and when I did they did not hire me. I ranked top of the class with a 4.0, and have searched high and low for employment.
Employers want experience, and how do you get experience without being hired. I am so fed up with this that I would like to take my degree and Certification and burn them. Looks like I wasted 31,000.00 which I will probably be dead be for I finish paying that off. I was told that there would be placement HA HA that was a joke. Once they get you in they forget about you. Wish I knew a good attorney!
Let's see I graduated in February ,, Still can't find a job.
I have gone on so many interviews and competing along with others for a measly $10.00 an hour job... Made more money as a receptionist with a staring pay of $14.00 an hour. I could work as a Certified Nurse Assistant and make the same amount of money as a Certified Medical Assistant.
On my externships, I was under the impression I would have a job. Not so, I seems as if the doctors and clinics want free labor and use students to fill the gap. The Career Advisor trys to help. I should have went on to LPN and not MA.