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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.
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.