I am posting this to help others preserve their valuable time and not waste all the time that I wasted due to no research prior to signing my soul over to FRANKLIN CAREER INSTITUTE. My journey begins as follows:
Your experience at FCI begins with a shady old man giving papers out all over the NYC area. He will give you a paper and ask you for your contact information. Of course, you can not walkaway without being harassed for contact information. You give it to him because he won't get the hint. Of course, the story he is selling sounds sweet and you wonder, ehh why not? WELL, There are many reasons why not. All of which you do not realize until it is too late.
If you don't visit the facility ASAP you will receive several calls from the staff. Of course, the main thing they focus on in this "TRADE" school is recruiting. (What about the education? the staff? the job placement? I'll cover all of that later... as quickly and as briefly as possible.) Lets say you were sold after hearing a few good experiences and all of the positive things the staff had to say about the school (go figure, huh?) So you walk into a dingy looking building shared by a fitness center and chase bank. Quickly the staff members are throwing dates at you. Telling you about the awesome future that awaits you. So you don't have time to notice the dirty floors, the bored looking staff, the students either gobbling fast food in front of the building or smoking cigarettes with the staff. However, you will be taken on a rushed tour around the school showing you some of the most concentrated looking class rooms. They will skip the bathrooms and cafeteria, these are the most scariest looking rooms in FCI.
The bathrooms literally look like pissing contests are held there on a daily basis. You'll be lucky to visit FCI bathrooms between menstrual cycles. Otherwise, try to schedule your bathroom breaks before 10 AM. Anything after, is when the students arrive. Despite the class schedule starting at 8am sharp. The "cafeteria" is falling apart. There are about 10 chairs, 6 of which are broken and two long shaky, uneven tables to accommodate the alumni of 300+. There is no sort of entertainment although the vending machines are there for the gambling type. Will you get your snack? will you get your money back? will you try again? Exciting, huh?
The student population is pretty interesting. 85% of them are sporting facial tattoos, sleeves and/or piercings. The first few weeks is when you should mingle with everyone because as the weeks go by, your group will decrease drastically. Most of them wait the first two weeks to receive the iPad as promised. They cut out after. I guess the registration process isn't too much trouble when there is an iPad promised!
You'll learn about the staff as the weeks go by. Each module is 5 weeks long. Pretty short for course intervals huh? Don't worry, learning is NOT a priority at FCI. The main concern here is recruits and 80+ percent in attendance. Wouldn't want to cause the school a budget cut! You can sit in class with a blank facial expression all day, no one will ask you any questions. The assignments are tedious. Let's say you had enough of the torture and can't make it to the whole 5 day week? Let me introduce you to:
MAKE UP AT FCI:
You sit in this classroom full of loud, obnoxious students. Usually sharing and gobbling down more fast food. There's usually a lazy instructor sitting amongst them somewhere in between the greasy keyboards and outdated monitors. You can find the instructor by following the end of the "sign in" book-tango line. What do you do in makeup? You make up assignments and catch up on subjects that you may be having trouble in. SIKE! Not at FCI. From 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM you can do whatever you'd like as long as it looks constructive. After 5:30 PM you don't even have to look constructive. You can totally do what you like. No seriously, I suggest you sign up for NetFlix before you do make up, you'll have a lot of time to catch up on your favorites. Completing assignments is your business and no one is going to babysit you at FCI, you say? HA! Try doing an assignment, I dare you. All makeup assignments listed on FCI's bogus website are outdated and most instructors beg you not to hand those in. As they are already lugging around enough useless assignments. The main assignment instructors do expect is the hilarious "homework packet" you are handed at the beginning of every module. If you make it for the class session where the teachers give out the answers, you won't be hassled by the tedious work they contain, such as cross word and word search puzzles.
Still not convinced about joining FCI?
Let me tell you more about the externship/job placement FCI promises!
Those promises are great! Around your third module you'll figure: Hey, I'll keep my head in my books, ignore the horrible population and learning conditions.... it'll all be worth it when job placement and externship time comes around, no? YOU'RE WRONG. FCI has such a disgusting reputation that reputable hospitals and clinics will flat out tell you: NO STUDENTS FROM FCI ALLOWED, sorry. In other words, you're only chance at placement is at once of those dingy corrupt medical facilities that resemble your experience at FCI.
to be continued_)