This is a report on my experience at Evergreen College, a private career college in the Greater Toronto Area. Their main campus is at King/Yonge Street in Toronto and they have 3 franchised locations. Evergreen, like most private career colleges is a "for profit" school (the worst kind).
I was once a student at private career college (similar to Evergreen) and was hired on at Evergreen to teach a program (on very short notice), getting a chance to really see what goes on inside the system. It was chaos coming in ... this program was going through teachers every few months and students were very upset when I started - seeing me as just another who would be gone soon - being despondent and feeling used.
I was being asked to clean up the previous instructors mess by re-assuring my students that their tests and assignments (submitted months earlier) would be marked and returned to them soon. I was lying to them because I was told to. Truth is, most of the materials were lost or in the possession of the previous instructor who was gone and I had no idea where they were.
I had students in my class who could barely speak or understand English! i came to know that there is an entrance test that incoming students had to write if they didn't have their Grade 12 OSSD and since 9/10 students were ethnic (recent immigrants), it's obvious to me that the entrance test was a farce and that anyone (regardless of their language skills) were allowed in - IF, they had their registration deposits, signed the contract and agreed to a monthly payment schedule. The financial pressure alone, created enormous additional stress on staff and students and most in my class were resentful.
Beyond all this, the school is run more like a prison camp than a college. Students and staff operate in fear that management will punish them if they step out of place and the mood in the office was always one of cold repression, whenever management was around - relaxed and comfortable when they were gone. This is not an environment that is caring or is conducive to higher learning.
I had students complaining to me early on that the prices were different, depending on who their counsellor was - creating more distractions and problems - promises made by the school that weren't kept (around field placements etc) and there was no academic direction and teachers were responsible for finding their students placements - on their own time - on top of crap pay, asked - TOLD - to put in over-time for nothing (a condition for keeping the job).
I wasn't required to attend the college when exams took place, (a chance for them to save $ thinking), later finding out that both regulated and non-regulated tests were unsupervised and that students were openly discussing their tests while they were doing them.
To anyone reading this - I would NEVER recommend registering at any Private Career College in Ontario - in particular Evergreen or Everest College (the worst ones). I would highly recommend doing a public Community College or University as the ethics are much better.