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    • Reviewed by: John D, Doctoral in aerospace-engineering-degrees
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      I personally know of a kid attending who had a check delivered to the school in a sealed envelope which said "TO CARE OF (his name which will not be mentioned)." Apparently the school opened the envelope and cashed the check without him ever signing it (this is called fraud). When he called them out on it they gave the money back stating that they "did not know how the check was cashed."

      I graduated Nascar Technical Institute last year and can honestly say the faculty there are some of the worst you will come across in any educational environment. There were a few teachers there who were extremely knowledgeable about the subject they taught, but on the whole most of them were condescending assholes with no experience outside the world of North Carolina and Nascar.

      I was insulted on several occasions by teachers because of my background and where I was from. They are no question all about moving people in and out as fast as possible to the highest profit margin they can make. There is little to no respect for the students who pay tuition and keep this cash cow going.

      If the imitation teachers here worked at a real college they would be thrown out before they received their first paycheck.

      It is my belief that there is a lot of fraud involved with this school and an investigation is long over due to expose these crooks.

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    • Reviewed by: daniel s, Certificate
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      i have read alot of the reviews on here some are correct some are really off. i started in october of 09 in the mid class everyone in the mid class are the type of kids that give the school a bad name for employers. slacking off cutting up not a real good learning environment. i switched to the night class in july of 2010 because i got a job. night classes are way better smaller classes and people that want to be there. now on to the the faculty. instructors are actually pretty good. as for the people that work in the offices thats a different story. they arent running the class i need to graduate at night they said i would have to switch to the am class and pay 4k to finish 1 class. cant get ahold of anyone there to talk about it. this school is all about them profiting and not about the quality of students there. there need some sort of entrance exam and better quality control. other than the fact program this school is a complete waste of time and money

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    • Reviewed by: anderew l
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      I cant say i doidnt get my moneys worth because i think i did.. but it was despite the school not because of it.. The instructors have to "bend the rules "to get the job done.. Unforetuneatly the instructors that have the skills and the ability to educate are fired in short order... I was an older student.. so i came in with life experience and work ethic... I knew how to "work the system " to get what i payed for.. The young guys that make up most of the student body buy into the glidder and glamor that they are fed in on the recruiting process are dissapointed and rightly so... I am still happy with my decision to go... but i would advise against the school now... there are a few good instructors left but the majority are so afraid of getting canned that they follow the company rules so closely that little is learned.. Parents please consider letting your student work in the industry before investing in this facility.. there would be alot more learned by a few months in the business than attending what is left of this school.. it still glitters and shines but trust me its a facade.. there is nothing being learned at UTI..

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    • Reviewed by: Mark S
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      Great hype and all the reason to believe you can make it in this school. Truth is.. small town and no jobs and they dont tell you that before you come... they only talk about their great employment services.... jobs offered through the school are limited and no good if you dont have a car, collegiate housing is expensive and if you can't pay rent you cant get out and move somewhere cheaper to try to stay. If you need help like food, see ineffective employment services or no help. If you cant get help, no job and no apartment, you go home and dont finish. you now have student loan debt and a court date for breaking the lease you could not afford. You dont learn any of this with the admissions rep or until you are so far in and its too late. Administration makes you feel like it was all your fault too. What I wish I knew before I moved here.

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    • Reviewed by: Bob W, Associate
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      I was 4.0 student, deans list, and got into VolksWagen manufacturing program.The school is a joke. The people writing good reviews, probably work there. You can get the same education out of an car magazine subcription. Thats how horrible, and out of touch the curriculum is. Why do you think they stop offering associates. Because the curriculum is not anywhere close to that standard of education. School is such a scam even the manufacture programs are pulling out. At a good dealership they will train you for free and pay for your training. If you are really interested in the automotive field. Just take a visit to your near by community college. They offer the same certifications, at a quater of what UTI charges you. And If you already a car enthausiast, you prpobably already know more then what this school can teach you. Thats how basic the education is at this school. So "suck, squeeze, bang, blow", your money elsewhere, than this place they call an institute. Yup, they actually teach you that phrase there. Oh and the financial aid is should be considered a scam.

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    • Reviewed by: Ann J, Bachelor
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      FRAUD - I would NOT recommend this school to anyone. I have no idea about their "training" program, but their financial aid practices border on fraud. My son was a 5 yr. Veteran, left the military and went to UTI. He had FULL GI Bill benefits - but he still came and told us that they were giving him a hard time and that he needed to take out student loans (for a 1 yr pgrm). To our knowledge he was encouraged to take out at least three student loans besides having his GI Bill. And then he was told that he had to have cosigners at 24 years old with 5 yrs Army behind him. We fell for it unknowingly... He had us click a few computer buttons and now he and us (his parents) are being hounded by Salliemae. After 4 years, these "student loans" have now doubled and they are continuing to rise. We were scammed. Our son couldn't get a high paying job with all of his so-called certifications and is now back on Active Duty in the Army. He isn't paying on these loans and we are being harrassed and quite often called at least six times a day. WHERE was the financial aid counselor looking out for his best interests??? I'll tell you where - there isn't one. A money-making scam place working on these young kids to get as much money in student loans as they can. Kickbacks? They ought to be ashamed and these kind of "education facilities" shouldn;t be allowed to exist. These loans should not be in the "student loan" category and you can't get relief from them. Ruined our life.

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    • Reviewed by: Chris K, Certificate
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      This "school" is a joke. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, 6 Student of the Course awards, NTI Director's Honor List, and maintained a 99% attendance rate. What did I get for all of that? $30k in debt and a useless "degree."

      Upon graduation, I was given one "job" in a fab shop, where the owner was routinely scamming NTI grads by bringing them on for a week or two, stringing them along about whether or not he was going to offer them a full-time position, and then he'd let them go (without ever paying them!) and bring in the next batch.

      Of course the school seemed horrified at this news (not only did I report it, but so did the other graduates), and said that they would deal with it. Of course weeks later I was literally yelled at by the employment director, saying that it was not the school's responsibility to ensure that I was paid for my work ... even though he (and Dodson) had previously stated that they would "take care of it."

      Don't let this school fool you. They sell you on NASCAR dreams and then from day one they try to sell you on working for a dealership. That's partly because of the terrible job market for race teams, but of course the school claims otherwise in all of their marketing!

      Here's the facts. Every single month, *hundreds* of people move into this area because they want to work on a race team. However, race teams have been merging together again and again, as well as just plain shutting down, which in both cases creates lay-offs.

      Save your money!

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    • Reviewed by: Experienced O, Certificate
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      Look as former student of the original Phoenix Campus to all that are considering going to this school don't, you are better off going to your local community college which is a lot cheaper and closer to home, and has the same manufacturer's programs as UTI has.And maybe there you can also check other career fields too, don't be just sold on one especially one that sends recruiters to your house, look on-line for yourself, don't be pushed into spending thousands when you can only spend a few hundred. Hey I write this from experience if I would have known about reviewing the school I would have written this along time ago

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    • Reviewed by: John A, Master
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      As a current instructor at UTI, I can (anonymously) tell you that your graduation certificate means nothing in the field. Save yourself years of student loan payments and go get a job changing oil. If you're lucky and a hard worker, you'll learn much more through hands-on experience in 6 months than you will in 20 months at UTI. If you find a knowledgeable mentor in a shop and work your way up, you'll have an excellent career foundation in a couple of years. At UTI, we instructors are told to "read between the lines" and pass all of our students so they can have the seat for the next bunch of sheep. UTI is definitely a "for profit" school. Keep that in mind.

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    • Reviewed by: Cara T, Associate
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      Our son and we experienced what seemed like a great recruiter. Of course,she sat in our house,at our table,smiling and acting all tough and matter-of-fact about everthing she talked about (including criticizing the Native Americans in Alaska,calling them drunks and lazy no-goods),she was also a veteran. She offered incentives to our son and us that were never realized because they,in fact, did not exist. She lied to our faces to get her commision. UTI, in my opinion,does not keep a very tight rope on their recruiters. She is living high, and we are now paying a loan twice as large as it should have been. We were assured that my husband would only be a co-signer, that any multiple loans could be combined,no problem,yeah,right. My husband is now the principal payer on these loans! The people in the UTI offices were of almost no help to our son, who had to wait and wait and wait for his checks to come through for him, he always got new people to discuss his issues with,never got the same story twice. Very disappointing. I guess the school makes great money because of fraudulent behavior from their lying reps, so why should they care about the families that get screwed?

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