I was a "graduating" student of BCTI in August of 2003. I guess you could say I was one of the model students of BCTI - graduating then getting a salaried position in a law-firm.
Here is my experience: Students incapable of doing the work (or just not willing to) were given passing grades or even higher grades than I just to keep them in class. I would work on my assignments and turn them in on time as instructed only to find that other students would not do any of the assignments. They'd have a talk with an instructor about it and be given a chance to do all the assignments in one sitting and have the papaers glossed over just to get them inputed into the records.
Since I turned my assignment in, my papers were gone over with much scrutiny. It is not the fact that my papers wee gone over - it made me better - but the fact that I didn't have to and by doing less work otehrs got better grades and were still not capable of accomplishing the skill.
I brought up to my PP4/PP5 instructor this dynamic and she agreed and without using the actual words of: "I am being forced to do this" I understood that the B in BCTI stood for Business. I also understand that for BCTI to recieve the Federal funding they need to graduate students. Nice!
I witnessed the usual - students incapable of understanding the assignments, bad-attitudes and the like. I also brought up with the school director that the Professional Developement courses needed to be longer, most of my classmates needed those skills more than the actual keyboarding and software training.
I will admit that I learned many things at BCTI - which, if I was thinking straight at the time, I could of learned in a much more cost effective manner at a community college.
As a side: Even my graduation was a shamble. I had been hired by the law-firm and was to start a few weeks before my last day of class. I arranged with BCTI to do my remaining assignments in my own time while I started my job. Later, I was notified that if I did not show up to class that I would not graduate due to attendance. I attended and ran into my main instructor who told me not to worry about it.
They spelled my name wrong on my diploma.
I come to this while I am updating my resume and wondering if I should even include BCTI on it or use a more general term like "Advanced Business Communication Training" or some such.
If there is a class action law-suit already in play, I would like my expereince included. I do not want money per se but maybe forgivance on the remainder of my loans. I will be seeking advice from one of the attorneys I work with.