• Report: #476604

Complaint Review: Lincoln Technical Institute - Lincoln College Of Technology

  • Submitted: Wed, August 05, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, October 01, 2010

  • Reported By:irving Texas
Lincoln Technical Institute - Lincoln College Of Technology
2915 Alouette Dr. Grand Prairie, Texas U.S.A.

Lincoln Technical Institute - Lincoln College Of Technology False advertisements for job placement and/or career services assistance Failed Expectations not met! Grand Prairie Texas

*Consumer Comment: STOP THE TRADE SCHOOL SCAM --CALL YOUR SENATORS' OFFICES ABOUT IT

*Consumer Comment: Lincoln Technical Institute - Florida - AVOID!!!

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To begin with, I would love for the media to interview and do a story on this Technical/Vocational school. In this day and age of recession and loss of job market, false expectations and failure to comply with graduate services would make a great story.

My husband decided to go to Vocational/Technical college to receive a supposedly accredited certificate in order to provide for his family. over 12 years ago, one felony still haunts his employment and he fails to get the job. What 17 year old stupid kids will do. The recruiter named Toni was very positive and stated that many students do have records and have come to the school because the school backs them with the certifications programs and with good character referencing.

Toni also wanted to interview me, stating that many wives/partners were sometimes not supportive or accepting of the demands of a student. I was interviewed very strictly and made sure that I was "on board" to get my husband educated. Regardless of written contract, Toni made it quite clear that job placement was inevitable and easy to acheive in the field of Collision Repair, naming companies like Service Magic that picks up what other top Collision centers didn't hire. My husband signed up and we agreed to the high tuition with the year deferrment.

My husband wasn't the top 4.0 student always, but he was middle or bottom. His ending GPA was above a 3.5 and he was voted shop foreman by his fellow students. My husband even went back to school the first day after the Christams Holidays was over, after I had just had our son. That's how dedicated he was to finishing college.

The next year, in December of 2008, the Collision repair students were called in and told that there were absolutely 100% ZERO jobs available at this time. They offered some of the graduating students the option to become Welding students for extra money of course. My husband couldn't participate because he was not up for graduation in December.

In January, there still were zero jobs available, but there wasn't any alternative classes to get other certifications as was offered the previous months. Graduate and Career services was supposed to schedule an appointment with my husband to sit down and make a resume and go over applications for employment or at least prepare him for job searchability.

1 day to graduation, and my husband had to go down there. They had forgotten to schedule his appointment for Graduate and Career Servicing. I personally did his resume, so that when he handed it to his advisor, she was quite pleased she didn't have to do one.

My husband received one job interview for a painters position in a nice facility. However, the job description failed to include that the employer needed Bi-Lingual. The employer was shocked when he learned that my husband didn't know Spanish. He had made a point to let Lincoln Tech know that he needed this as part of the job requirement. The employer seemed more embarassed than Lincoln Tech career services. The advisor was more of an "oops" sorry! attitude.

We received a letter from our Career Services advisor about 3 months after graduation, congratulating us on recent achievements and she would be happy to be in contact as if he had JUST GRADUATED. We then received one call (I say we, because she also called my phone) about once every two weeks until April 2009.

The calls consisted of "Hi...have you found a job yet?" "No?" "Ok...nothing here either, let me know when you have one!"

We have stopped paying the high tuition payments because of two reasons.
a. Lincoln Tech failed to live up to its agreements with Graduate and Career placement services....services...I'm not saying they promised him a job, but they did promise to provide better services for career placement
b. We are now reduced to a single family income with 2 children and one vehicle. (The other vehicle was ruined by the supposedly ASE CERTIFIED mechanics at the school, when they installed a brand new clutch improperly and tore up the transmission in my husbands truck)

So, yesterday, August 4th 2009, I hear this disgustingly happy radio advertisment for an open house at Lincoln tech, with its promises of Career pathing and services, so I call. I was told that my recruiter would be calling me and/or my husband because it is in their interest to make sure that my husband has beenin contact.

At 8pm CST that evening, we get a call from our Career services advisor ( NOT the recruiter as I was told) stating that she had been calling us and left messages and have you found a job and here is one, but I've already sent 5 guys to it, and I'm faxing your resume to some place in Ft. Worth..no I don't have the name of it...and good luck! Thats all the jobs we have right now.

I really really hope that they do a story on this school. If the lady wins her lawsuit in New York for her Bachelor's degree not providing her with a job, I would consider suing Lincoln College of Technology for not adhering to the contractual agreements.

Amy
irving, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

STOP THE TRADE SCHOOL SCAM --CALL YOUR SENATORS' OFFICES ABOUT IT

AUTHOR: Helene - (U.S.A.)

There is something that you can do to stop scams like this.

In July- August of 2010, the U.S. Senate held investigative hearings on all of the waste, fraud, corruption and out and out theft that was going on in these private, for-profit trade schools and online diploma mills falsely saying that they were accredited colleges and universities --not.

They found overwhelming evidence that these "training schools" were worthless and they were also scams!

You need to find out who both of your U.S. Senators are who represent your state and then call their offices to tell them that you do not want any federal money being given to these for-profit, private trade schools and online diploma mills --and that includes Pell Grants,and any and all Student Loan money.

If they have time, you might want to tell them how your experience with the trade school harmed to your family!

When you call, be polite, and it is a good idea to have all of your information written down and keep it short and simple.

Be sure to thank the staff person for taking your call when you are done.

If you live in Texas, your Senators would be John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison.
You can google their names and they both have websites with contact information on them. 

It is a good idea to call once a week on something this important and to contact everyone else you know who has been ripped off by schemes like this --or even if they haven't to also contact the offices of Cornyn and Hutchson.

You could send e-mails from those sites but it is better to call.

I am sorry that those people ripped you off.

a FREE website that might help you when it pertains to the tuition and financial aid rip off is:

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I hope that this will help you and please pass it along!


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Lincoln Technical Institute - Florida - AVOID!!!

AUTHOR: Georgia - (United States of America)

Amy, I'm going through a similar situation here in Florida.  Lincoln Tech took over the nursing school I was attending.  Not only was I promised job placement, like your husband, I was promised extensive nursing training.  As the program progressed, I found out that the training the promised wasn't going to happen.  I registered a complaint with the director of education that went unanswered.  I then registered a complaint with the dean which also went unanswered.  I ended up catching them in the parking lot during break and they tried to give me the run around.  The DOE actually told me I could be charged with assault and battery if I did some of the training wrong!  Finally the Dean promises to make arrangements for this training.  This of course never happened. 


We were promised clinical training in the area's top hospital that has many campuses.  We went there for 2 weeks then ended up spending the majority of the clincial training at a nursing home.  It wasn't until we complained repeatedly that we were finally sent to a hospital for training.  The hospital was a satellite site, very small and 30 miles away!  Also this hospital rarely hires anyone.  The Career - Job Placement office is also disappointing.  I was told by the head of that department to fax my resume.  I did so and never heard back from her.  After several weeks, I was emailed job listings....from the internet.  Jobs that I was unqualified for due to the fact that the school did not train me in those area.  Also they sent me job listings for open teaching, janitorial, and reception positions AT THAT SCHOOL!  If you go to the Job Placement Office, outside the door are applications.....for Burger King, Krystals, McD's, Pizza Hut and KFC!  One employer called me for an interview, but when I asked about what positions they had open, they said they had NONE OPEN!  Oh and none of the local hospitals will hire me despite what Job Placement initially promised. 


My latest fight deals with the financial aid department.  They refuse to tell me the status of my student account.  I have emailed repeatedly and gone down there and called.  Its amazing how often these people are in meetings, gone for the day, or just unable to return a phone call or email.  All I want to know is how much has been paid to my account and from whom.  But they refuse to answer. 


I have already graduated and I am not holding my breath on ever receiving my diploma. 


I have tried calling Lincoln Tech's Corporate Office and of course, the number doesn't get me to a live person.  And it drops the call if you press 0 for the operator.  At this point, all I can do is tell anyone and everyone to avoid Lincoln Tech!!   

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