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Complaint Review: Career Learning Centers, (RUE, Educational)

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  • Submitted: Sat, September 20, 2008
  • Updated: Sat, September 20, 2008

  • Reported By:Homestead Florida
Career Learning Centers, (RUE, Educational)
3201 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale,, Florida United States of America

RUE Education Verified REVIEW: Rue Education commitment to customer satisfaction. Rue Education has and will continue to take the time to focus on ways to ensure success and enhance the client experience. Clearwater, Florida
*UPDATE: Rue Education pledges their commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy, Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. This program benefits the consumer, assures them of satisfaction, and confidence when doing business with a member business. Rue Education is recognized by Ripoff Report Verified

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Ripoff Report Verified REVIEW:

EDitors UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Rue Education for its commitment to excellence in customer service.

Rue Education clients can expect that the company will focus on each client individually and work with the client to overcome perceived obstacles that the client might have. Rue Education listens carefully to the concerns and suggestions of its clients. Rue views all client communications as opportunities to learn and grow as a company. It is through these communications that we are able to expand the services offered and the support for those services to meet the ever-changing needs of its clients.
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The information provided in this report is based on comments made by Kerri Swift and her staff during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Rue Education.

Rue Educations Executive Management Team has a strong focus on providing customers excellent product technology and providing the best academic support in the industry. They know that these are important factors to success, but they believe the difference between Rue Education and other companies is more fundamental. Rue Education was built on a strong principle, which is helping the nurse be successful - no matter what it takes! As long as we remain true to this principle and continue to build on it, we will continue to grow and remain the best among our competitors! stated JT Thatch, Chief Executive Officer.

Ripoff Report learned about the abundant Rue Education reviews in the form of recorded customer testimonials. These success stories can be heard from LPNs, LVNs, Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists and RNs in states across the country. These healthcare professionals are currently working toward their Associates Degree in Nursing and many have already achieved their goal of becoming an RN. The following is an excerpt from just one of the testimonials, I graduated as an LPN, had children, and never had the opportunity to go to college. Rue gave me the opportunity to study from home. Rue is a good program. The great part is it can be for a mom if she has small children and cant get to college and its great for somebody my age. Rue can help a lot of people. Its surprising, at the age of 50, Ill be the first in my family to get a college degree. I take a lot of pride in that. stated Joanna Halun, LPN from Hinckley, Ohio.

Rue Educations Educational Consultant and Academic Advisor teams have expressed that they love working with healthcare professionals that are interested in advancing their career and becoming Registered Nurses. One employee said, Ive been working for Rue Education for over 10 years and I enjoy it because I help people change their lives, have more opportunities, and create a new future for their family.

Rue Education offers three different product lines to meet the varying learning styles of their clients. They state that they care about the students success and do dont send them educational materials and disappear. They are there with the customer every step of the way until they earn their degree. Furthermore, Rue Education states that they proudly provide an exceptional product that has proven effective. Not only do their clients earn their degree, they have had clients rank top of class with the college, which proves that if the client properly applies themselves and makes a good faith effort to learn, the product and support services are effective.

The companys target market consumers include LPNs, RTs and Paramedics who wish to transition and become RNs. A client can expect to receive personalized attention from the time they initially inquire about the program through graduation. An Educational Consultant works to get the client started on the program and the Academic Advisor begins guiding the client from the point of the first course and each step along the way, through the point of graduation.

Rue Education works with the State Boards of Nursing to obtain a list of LPNs, RTs, and Paramedics for their mailing campaigns. In addition, they utilize print and web advertising. Their most successful clients are referred to them via the companys Referral Program. Prospective clients call in and speak with an Educational Consultant, who explains all the details of the program and provides a personalized academic assessment. After determining which courses the client needs to graduate, they enter into an installment agreement with the client.

When a prospective client starts the work with Rue Education they sign a Retail Installment Contract for the total number of Learning Systems they need to independently study and pass standardized exams to earn an Associates of Science in Nursing Degree. In some cases, after-signing the contract, clients attempt to stop making their monthly payments claiming a variety of reasons including but not limited to a lack of time to dedicate to their studies, the realization that independent study is hard work, and more often or not, financial difficulty. Despite the variety of reasons, the clients signed a Retail Installment contract requiring monthly payments over the term of the contract. That being said, clients cannot choose to stop payments at any time. The client can put their studies on hold and resume whenever they are ready as their learning materials are there for them indefinitely.

The standard process the company uses for taking care of a complaint is to have an Academic Advisor work directly with the client to reach agreeable terms. They speak with the client via phone, email or mail correspondence. Their goal is to reach a conclusion that helps to promote client success and satisfaction. An example of a situation in which a client wasnt satisfied with the products received would be a client who elects the independent study method and does not progress. If the client is not successful with the independent study method, Rue Education does offer a more structured platform through tutor-led online courses. This provides the client with more specific timelines/deadlines, which keeps the client on track. In addition, the client has access to a subject matter expert, should they need additional assistance with content related topics.

Based on previous complaints received, the company has modified their sales process to fully explain how independent study works and the fact that it requires both time and effort on the clients part. They ensure that their contract is written in plain English making the terms and conditions explicitly clear to clients. The Academic Support team works with clients to structure a study plan inclusive of accomplishment and timeline goals. They have launched a new online product that is tutor-led and has a structured timeline as to keep the clients engaged and progressing.

Furthermore, the company has implemented a sophisticated telephone system that allows them to monitor/record all calls which allows for assurance that the sales process is forthright and the requirements of the client are accurately presented. They have added a proactive reach out to every new client in an effort to have the Academic Advisors set an academic plan from the onset of the relationship. The company has also added a financial services team whose goal is to work with clients to help get them back on track with their studies and can work through any financial concerns that a client may have.

Rue Education believes it is very important to us to be a part of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program so that they are able to resolve customer complaints and mitigate negative publicity. They constantly strive for 100% customer satisfaction. However, because each clients needs vary, they handle each circumstance individually and work with the client to overcome obstacles.

Rue Education takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as these: "Working at Rue Education is like being part of a family. Every employee in every department works hard every day to help make great nurses. I like knowing that we are helping the nurses make their goals and dreams come true. I enjoy working with everyone here in this close knit type environment. I like the family-like atmosphere, everyone (especially in management) is easily approachable. Its a good feeling to be appreciated and treated like a person. When you go home at the end of the day you are happy that youve actually helped improve peoples lives. Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Rue Educations past and current approach to business is focused on its total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.

Rue Education recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether accurate or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. Using the feedback generated by Ripoff Reports Investigation, Rue Education has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution further enhancing its commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our investigation, which included discussions with top executive management and an on-site visit, Ripoff Report is convinced that Rue Education is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, its a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike.

Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. This program works.

As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer.

Rue Education testimonials from satisfied students

===================== NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED

===================== Career Learning Centers, (RUE, Educational), A Disaster, A Waste Of Money. $8000 for a waste of time, and false promises! Fort Lauderdale, Florida

As a Licensed Practical Nurse in Florida, I work 12 - 14 hour days and have not time nor the energy to attend traditional classes to obtain my RN. However; I matriculated Excelsior College's Distance Learning Program, to earn credits towards an RN Degree.

Realizing that self-directed study was nearly impossible, I inquired about Career Learning Center' s advertised tutoring service in June of 2008, with hopes of receiving the help I need to realize the same. I walked into CLC, sat in one class, interviewed with Judy Mainzinger, Director. Judy Mainzinger gave me the,"schpiel", leading me to believe CLC' s tutoring would deliver the much needed quality instruction and assistance.

The tutor handed out barely legible Power Point style modules with info derived right from the Excelsior College Examination Content Guides, and textbooks. She simply read off the overhead screen quickly. Many modules had missing info/pages, were out of order and others had repeated info. "Quantity not quality", here. I' ve made myself sound to Ms. Mainzinger regarding the poor quality, incongruence, and incompetence of the tutoring and service in general.

After attending classes for almost three and a half months, hoping things would get better; all I have is debt, frustration, insecurity, confusion, and reluctance in taking my first Nursing Concepts Exam with Excelsior College.

These inconsistencies persists to this day, nothing's changed. The director is hardly ever at the center, she never returns calls. I have to self-study anyway, I have to test myself anyway, I have to self-register for the classes, something that ought to be done for me as a courtesy. Did I mention I travel 65 miles to get to the center alone?

I must honor the contract I so daftly signed, and will not walk away owing $9000.00 for nothing, otherwise, I would have done an about-face long ago. Other students in my class have voiced the same regarding the lack of concern, quality and direction. I believe CLC is owned by RUE education? I do know that it is a money pit and nothing more. Once you' ve signed that contract all the smile-laced promises subside, they withdraw funds from your accounts rapidly and then you get the old, " what else do you you want from me?" attitude.

This is a mistake I' ve made and hope others whom have thought about RUE consider reading the fine print FIRST and resist signing on the dotted line until the terms are clear to them.

Groovix Homestead, Florida
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/20/2008 06:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Career-Learning-Centers-RUE-Educational/Fort-Lauderdale-Florida-33309/RUE-Education-Verified-REVIEW-Rue-Education-commitment-to-customer-satisfaction-Rue-Educ-374705. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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