Southern Technical College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (100)
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.
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.