For those who are dumb enough to get into this program, feel free to get into $40,000 dollars of debt. The only thing you will get out of going to school to become a "chef," is a empty promise or "encouragement," that you will have "job skills" as a chef or chef related "job," when you or if you graduate. Not only do they teach cooking, but they have you take college level core curriculm classes that you have to take a placement test for! They have you do all theses prep courses so you get excited about cooking-next and before you know it your locked into paying off those Loans(s) w/ interest when you go past the 72hr. grace period.
I was lured in by an interest in the arts, my house caught fire and I lost my mother that month and needed to get my mind off things before I went crazy. Crazy enough later that month I enrolled in Le cordon bleu texas culinary academy. I had 75 credits from another educational institution, that was when I left in 2002, so Im trying to pursue my degree now, hopefully I'll get it. The folks at TCA had me taking all theses remedial courses and every other time I went to class in the morning I would have my "adviser harassing me about payments under a RIC Grant. I lost my housing in Austin and couldn't find a place to stay, so I left with a big bill in hand!
Little more than a year I had collections callinging me every day for almost 2 yrs. and I had no money so I would beat myself up inside when I thought about how much debt I brought my life, this leads to; no wife, no kids, nothing! They sent me statments of $10,000 dollars when TCA didn't exclude the refund amount back to the government for the 2 loans, so that was misleading then finally they send me the right amount with interest intact, I didn't know about deferment or anything!
Sometimes I wish I could make people disappear
If you can help me with info please do
If you have been a victim of a the faulty educational system I feel for you
These people collect on loans and make a good living doing it
May our goverment do something about it
and may these people whoever they are (I know), find some if any guilt