My name is Michael. I attended ICDC College because I wanted to become a substance abuse counselor. Originally, I was going to attend Pierce College because they have one of the best addiction studies classes in the U.S., but I decided to check out ICDC first.
When I went to ICDC, they told me that the course takes a total of ten months compaired to two years at Pierce, so I would be employed in a descent paying job and ready to take my state certification exam before I would even finish school at Pierce. I decided to go to ICDC which, it turns out, was a big mistake!!
I completed school on May 5th, 2011 and have been looking for work ever since. ICDC says that they have a great job assistance program and that companies call them looking for graduates but the only assistance they have given me is giving me a couple of phone numbers to call. When I told them that I have already contacted these people, ICDC said that there is nothing that they can do and that I am not the only one having a hard time finding work. I am not surprised, and it has nothing to do with the fact that jobs are hard to find, it has to do with the fact that the education people receive through ICDC is not good. All of our exams were open book, including the final, which sounds good but in reality, companies want someone they hire to know what they are doing.
I sent in my resume to a drug rehab facility and a couple of days later a lady called me from the facility. I thought, "Cool, maybe I am going to be asked to come in for an interview!" That isn't what happened, instead, the lady talked to me for a minute and then said, "I see you went to school at ICDC." I said, "Yes, I completed on May 5th." She then said, "Hmm! It's not that ICDC is a bad school, it's just that they don't educate to the standards that I find acceptable! If you want to learn about substance abuse, attend Pierce or Ventura College, I don't hire employees that got their education through ICDC. It's nothing against you, I have hired people from ICDC before and it was a mistake, I won't hire from them again!
If you want to attend ICDC, that's your choice, but if I had done some research before I went to ICDC, I wouldn't have gone. If you are thinking about furthering your education and you don't know where to go, first check out your local JC. If they don't offer what you are looking for then check out some trade schools but don't make your decision to attend a certain school because of what the school promisses you, do some research. Go to companies that employee people in the skill you want to learn and see if they hire graduates from the schools you are looking into. If they say yes, than ask what the average salary is and see if it is what you want. If the company doesn't hire from a certain school, like ICDC, then look somewhere else to get your education.