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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.
I had minor issues in dealing with Southwest Florida College, especially receiving books late in two different semesters. All the instructors were perfectly happy to let me turn in my work late since I did not have my book, they were understanding of the situations.
Going back to school is like a job. You must work hard and if you need any assistance, the instructors are there to help you. I mainly took online classes, which you actually have to do more work than you would in the classroom. The class that I took on campus was so incredibly easy compared to online.
People are too quick to judge and demand everything their way since they are paying for their education. They chose this school, if they did not like it, then they should have quit. I'm proud to say that I worked my tail off to receive my degrees. I was also on the Dean's List for 5 semesters, graduated in June 2012 with the highest honors, and I am a member of Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society (I'm 38 yrs. old). I have no idea what any of you are talking about, I have had consistant E-mails with career positions mailed to me weekly from the Graduation Placement Coordinator. I am looking forward to my new career change and new lead on life!
This schools only objective is to get your money. From incredibly high tuition rates to nonsense fees there is no part of this school not designed to squeeze as much money out of you as possible. A quarter based school charging a minimum of $350 per credit hour is insane.
The nursing program is even worse. They charge to take the entrance test, a $200 seat holding fee, $150 for a background check and have no organization what so ever. They evaluate your transfer credits based on how they can get the most money out of you. They have no idea what they're doing. Admissions handles all of the random paperwork and forces you to come in multiple times because they have no idea what they should be doing. They don't know how to change your major. Instead, they have to withdrawal you from school and re-enroll you. Clearly the school is used to just enrolling mass amounts of people, hoping enough stick around to keep their doors open.
How this school has ANY accreditation is amazing. The fact that the Florida Board of Nursing has even approved their program is even more shocking.
They tell you that any school that uses the Florida statewide course numbering system will accept courses that match. This couldn't be further from the truth. Most schools, even other nationally accredited institutions, look down on SWFC and the quality of it's education. Most of their courses don't match the state's numbering system, and if you have transfer credits to bring in to SWFC, chances are they have some excuse as to why they can't accept them.
Do yourself a favor and find another school for your education. There are plenty of regionally accredited schools that have medical assisting, nursing and surgical technician programs. The ONLY saving grace was their medical lab tech program, but unfortunately they are overcharging for that program (somewhere close to $44k from start to finish) and have driven two highly qualified instructors to want to leave the school.
On top of everything else, they NEVER have books ready for the start of the term, probably because they wait until the last minute to make course changes. Cancelling classes when they don't make enough profit to run the class, regardless of promising that nothing will interrupt your "path to success" except yourself.
If you enjoy small classes with usually under qualified staff and instructors, who usually have to give out photocopied pages of texts books to even run a class, this is the school for you. If you like your money and want to actually learn something there are plenty of other schools.
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.