Southern Technical College Reviews
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Reviewed by: Miss K, Bachelor in on December 21st, 2010
When first attending, I already had an AA from a SACS accredited school. I was told that my credits would transfer over and was looking at a short amount of time in school for an Associate of Science in a specific field. I was told that the school was very expensive. I can not afford only student loans and would need scholarships- I have a high GPA. My husband is a Vet with 20+ years military and displaced KSC. I informed admittance of all of this and was told financial aid could help and would look into scholarships, etc. I gave Financial Aid all the same info. They had me sign for student loans but said it was temporary and they would find scholarships. After several months I realized this was not happening. When trying to research scholarships through Fastweb.com, I couldn't even find the school in the drop down menu. Why? Because STC lost its accreditation and legitimate institutions don't hand out scholarship money to schools with no accreditation!. STC never told students it had lost accreditation. The school then had to satisfy new requirements and changed everyone's courses. My credits no longer transfered, adding to my agreed upon course load. No answers. STC will also make certain one is so far in debt with grants, loans, etc. that a student has no choice but to stay and finish or pay back the $30,000. Most of the teachers do care, but do you want someone to hold your hand or do you want an honest education? Only go if you can get a 100% free ride.
Reviewed by: Charles P, Certificate in nursing-administration-degree on October 8th, 2011
I would not enroll in this scholar-ship business. They are not accredited by the state just some backdoor business like themselves called ICICS. $36,000 for a lacking education is not right. The dean is a salesman and does not care about you. Look at your surroundings. Can you say ghetto? They just want money from Direct Loans who has lost there minds to even give them loans. You also sign all your rights over. It is like North Korea enrolling here. What a waste of money and loss of respect for our education system.
Reviewed by: David F, Certificate in electrician-trade-schools on August 15th, 2011
This school is not a good choice at all. It targets low income people and try to sell them a dream they cannot deliver. The are not accredited by the state. No scholarships or grants(except pell grants) can be received for attending this school. They look for loan money from a MPN to be signed. $33,000+ for a $1000 education? There is no help once you sign your name away for the loan company will say the school has all the authority on money you must repay. Fafsa shows them with a 2% graduation rate. This is your basic loan sucking scholarship mill.
Reviewed by: Bobby A, in on January 25th, 2011
Never enroll in this school. I have been to both the Orlando and Sanford campus and let me tell you this private-for-profit only is horrible. They are not accredited by any means. They even lost their sponsorship from Workforce for the scholarships and they even said it was a bad school. The so called professors just have a basic college education themselves. Look in Careerbuilder online and they are looking for sales people for hire. The HVAC licenses mean nothing, there at real companies and be done for less than $32,000. When I went through this same education when I was 12 if that. The deans are salesman that will say anything for your tuition money and the admissions work to meet quota's for bonuses and will also mislead you so much you will think you are going to a Hardvard and end up in a ghetto. You can never transfer your credits here to a real school because they are bogus(universal) and not state credits. The school should be illegal and shut down by the Government Accountability Office like so many other scholar-ship mills. There graduation is at 2% which can be checked on FAFSA. The president should be put into a prison and his henchmen. Of course look at the demeanor of the students there they also complain but are trapped in loans. STAY AWAY FROM SOUTHERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE!
Reviewed by: Iowe g, Associate in on August 20th, 2010
Let me start by saying, DON'T DO IT ! The finacial aid is a big joke, they take anyone that qualifies for goverment loans, and lie about what it will actually cost you. I have never seen a more racist school. Made it very uncomfortable to be in that environment..credits are worthless do not transfer.. I only lasted one class there.. Too much stupidity for me !!Go to SSC unless you like the above.. I believe they have lost their accredidation and I hope they did.
Reviewed by: D L, Associate in on August 13th, 2010
I am a student at southern tech in Mt.Dora Fl. I feel like I have been taken advantage of since I started school..First of all the price for the school is ridiculous and has gone up 10,000 more dollars since i started. Second our classes have been so screwed up that now they are saying some students have to take an extra class thus requiring a 19 month program instead of 18, of course they are not going to be charged for this extra class we should feel privileged for the free month of education, wow isn't that nice. Also they are telling us now that we are not required to take english which is a required course, instead they threw us into a sociology class that has to many students because we were put in another class because they don't want to hire a teacher to teach english for the students that need it. Also from my understanding even though I don't have the facts right in front of me I will be getting copies, they lost their accreditation in March and no one was informed of this. Now they are with an accreditation company out of Washington that anyone can get accepted to. I agree with Tim the financial aid office is a joke....no help offered at all and also the workforce program has dropped the school. They do not inform us of anything that happens even if it personally involves us. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL...they just want your money and don't really care about your education.......more to come....D
Reviewed by: Timothy W on March 16th, 2010
I am currently enrolled at the Southern Tech campus in Mt. Dora in the HVAC program. I agree with Johnathan's review, how it states that the "campus tour" feels more like visiting a used car lot. The "campus" is nothing more than a renovated bank which had sat vacant for roughly a decade prior to becoming a "college", complete with the vault with giant door still attached (it is now the teacher's lounge). Doing a different course each month is an odd setup, but works ok for the "core courses" (math, computer, etc.) which are nothing more than a joke (The "college math" textbook opens with counting, then addition and subtraction. Seriously.). However, once you get into the HVAC section, one month is not enough time to cover the large amount of material needed. In two or three occasions, we were not even able to complete the book, but the course was still declared complete, leaving me with the distinct feeling I had been shortchanged. The HVAC "lab" has air conditioning units, sure, but collectively contains just shy of one set of tools, and the units in the lab are new, but severely outdated. As I write this, I am currently in a course entitled "Intro to Welding"; but the course is almost finished and no welding has occurred, in fact, the lab contains no welding tools and very, very few brazing/soldering tools. The financial aid office is apallingly unhelpful, and requires me to give almost a third of my weekly paycheck to cover my tuition, lest I be dropped from the class. The only good I can say is that the recuitment officer is a dynamite salesman, doing everything short of promising you a pony and a new Ferrari if you enroll, although the HVAC professor is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful; his talents are sadly wasted on this school. It will not be long before I drop out; I simply cannot afford to pay for a complete education if I only recieve a portion of one. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AT THIS SCHOOL! Go learn to make balloon animals or carve tree stumps into animals with a chainsaw, or start a stamp collection, but for crying out loud, do yourself a favor and don't even set foot in the parking lot, lest you get tricked into attending like I did.
P.S. - I wrote this review on their computer in the computer lab. Haha!
Reviewed by: Former S on January 12th, 2010
I did the medical assisting program and once they had my student loan money, realized I had been lied to in every way imaginable. Now, I have an 20,000 worthless associates degree and I'm still not working in my field. I agree with Jonathan. Go to a real school.
Reviewed by: Jonathan F on February 3rd, 2009
As soon as I arrived on campus for the campus tour, It felt like I was a car dealership with a salesman trying to sell you their most expensive model. Was very interested in the HVAC 'Diploma' 9 month Program. However when I asked for information, a 'counselor' said that this was only an associate degree program. Also when I told him that the brochure that was handed to me clearly pointed out that you can either do a diploma course, or the two year associate course, I was told that the 'diploma' course was for people who already had an associate degree. People with an associate degree can add this HVAC diploma to their already existing associate degree. With that said, their brochure clearly says: "Heating and air conditioning is one of the hottest jobs in Central Florida. Graduate from STC's HVAC Program in just 9 months and qualify to work on residential equipment." Their website says "..residential and commercial equipment." I dont know why a suposed credible school would require someone to already have an associate degree to take a 9 month diploma course. You are going to get hired as an entry level employee whether or not you have an associate degree or a certificate to work on an AC unit. Some may read this and think " the guy with the associate degree will have the advantage". Thats correct, but in my situation Im already employed, and am trying to make myself more valuable by obtaining this certification.
Finally, for who ever is still reading this, I am willing to go to school and get an associate degree, just not at the moment. Also not for the price tag of $28,000. For that price I can get an associate degree at real community college. So buyer be ware. I get the feeling Im just a commission. Go to a real college, Seminole County Community College and Daytona Beach college have very flexible schedules and great programs!
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