Southern Technical College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (98)
I always laugh when people say "$30,000 ... sucking poor people dry". Come on. When I signed up, they told me how much it cost. Didn't they tell you too?? That's a lot of money, yes, but that is what education costs!!! Go to any private college and ask and the tuition is that or HIGHER for all of them. The only "cheap" tuition is at community college which is all paid for by government money ANYWAY. So whether you go here, or there, you're still paying for it no matter what.
What I can say for sure is that when I started school, I had no job. Now that I've graduated, I have a job that I love. It is an amazing experience for me to actually enjoy going to work. That's something I never thought I would have in my life. The teachers at STC really wanted me to succeed.
I believe the key to finishing any school is to want to finish. Everyone has problems along the way -- you just have to want to finish. If the teachers see you strugling, they'll help you because they know you want to finish too. If you want it, you can earn your degree at STC. It's as simple as that.
The tuition has raised three times in two years. The college is not reginally accredited. The managers are incompetent. They say it is a career college but do not give job placement assistance. Worst reputation in the state.
Program manager for one program has changed 3 times in the past 3 years, the new director of education is about to be terminated, they do not follow the syllabus, have very inconsistent course load and expectations, want to charge 40$ for a uniform shirt that is required, have heard nothing good about this place and I go here!!!!
raised tuition on me 3 times, books are overpriced and never in on time, i didnt get one of my books until the third to the last week of class.
Think again if you want to join this school. I am a student having problem with transfer credits to different schools. SWFC is a non transferable credit. I am very disappointed in teaching.
This school was everything they promised it would be. I was in school for 18 months, got my good grades, and got a job at the site i was placed on an externship.
As with anything in life, you get out what you put in. I put in alot of hard work and got the reward.
Now, of course, I have to pay back my student loans. In this economy, i'm just glad I have a job and a way to provide for my kids.
Not sure what campus you attended, but I went to the Tampa campus and I personally had a great experience. SWFC was recommended to me by my cousin who graduated and is now working for a hospital as a department manager in the billing department... I studied crimminal justice and It was awesome! I found that the smaller classroom sizes helped me a lot..I had been out of school for a while and I received person attention as needed.The instructors are awesome! I am working in my field and loving it! I will return to SWFC to finish my bachelors degree soon! Hope this helps!
My husband attended this college, we spent over $30,000 in tuition. He graduated top of his class, Suma Cum Lada, was chosen to be a "school ambassador" and STILL cannot find a job. The job placement program is a total joke. All they do is give you a resume template and send you the same tired job leads over and over. They have some good professors but there is nothing for you once your graduate. Dont waste your money we have been very disappointed with the outcome...after 18 months...putting miles and miles on our car getting him to and from we are in no better position that we were before he started.
Look, I don't know if this school really "changed my life" like everyone keeps saying. I can tell you for sure that I got a good job out of the deal, but I earned it.
So many people want something for nothing now a days. I studied all the time ... came to school all the time ... I was on the perfect attendance list and showed the awards to my kids. It made me proud to show my family that I was rocking!
I put on my resume that I had perfect attendance and the lady that hired me actually said that made a big difference in her decision. Someone who goes to school EVERY DAY will probably go to work every day too and that's what they needed.
I would recommend STC. The people were friendly and the classes weren't too hard. It got me where I needed to be ... but they didn't do all the work for me. I had to do it myself unlike all of the lazy people out there.
I go to the orlando campus. I admit i was really nervous when I signed up, ESPECIALLY after reading some of the negative comments here.
I've been here for 3 months now and i can honestly say the negative people here are full of crap!!! Yes, there are some students who don't belong. Don't all schools have that? Professor Drye is AWESOME!!!! From the first day, you can just tell she cares for you and loves what she does. I'm sooooo happy to have met her and to have been a part of her class. My fellow classmates are great! There are some students that have serious issues. And they miss time, they miss the work, and then they badmouth the teacher, the school, and the dean when they don't get a good grade (it's all over there facebook, like they are innocent).
They think because they are paying, that the school should walk backwards for them. I studied my ass off for my A&P class! And don't blame the school just because you're not serious about your degree!!!
I earned my A. I felt great for earning it. I love STC. I'm soooo happy that i decided to attend school here. The staff and faculty really care for you.
If your serious about your career, come to STC. Haters, stay home.
First of all I cannot say that I was treated poorly at this school, there were many nice teachers and people that work at the sanford campus, that is the campus I went to and is the only one i can comment on. I read the reviews on this site and honestly the truth is that yes they will work with you regarding attendance and issues that come up, but lets not forget that they are a for profit school so it;s in their interest to work with you so that you can keeping attending and consequently they keep getting your money.
It is also in their interest to make sure good reviews are circulating about them, think about it who really logs on because they are just so thrilled about a school, no people log on and complain when they feel wronged and mistreated and I wouldn't put it past them to create fake reviews that puff their school/business up. Notice how the good reviews sound like a sales pitch.
The fact is that you spend 30,000 dollars for a subpar education, and subpar is giving it to much credit. I had a teacher actually try and convince me to leave so that I would not waste my money. In hindsight I wish I had listened. If you are interested in getting a degree that is easy to obtain because of the laxed standards than this is the place that you want to be at. But that piece of paper is about all that you will receive.
Furthermore that degree is only able to transfer to one other local college called Mountain State University, which has a very limited curriculum. If you want a solid foundation to start a new career with than you better RUN!!!! In comparison I work with a gentleman that spent just over 5,000 dollars at a community colleges 18 month program and he is very knowledgeable and more certified than I am. For a fraction of the cost at his school he received the nationally recognized industry competency ICE exam. The fact is that Southern Tech does not even offer that test to you. All that you receive is an EPA certificate that you can get yourself without the school for a couple hundred dollars.
I truly wish that I had done my research better and I hope this helps you come to a better decision. I personally would not be able to in good conscience work at an establishment such as this that tries to pin the lack of quality of its curriculum on a students bad attitude rather than just start providing it's students the quality education that the price tag dictates should be offered. I'm in all seriousness willing to trade them my degree for my money back, and STC if you actually read this review which I hope somebody at the Sanford campus does I put my name up there you have my number you know who I am I got nothing personal against anyone there I'm just speaking the truth I would love for you to do the right thing and refund me my money.