Here's an ITT Tech rip-off report from the northeast. My story happened between 2001 and 2003.
When I was looking to further my education, I did what just about everybody else does - I looked at the programs in the field I was interested in at several schools. Just about all the schools I looked at had good electronics programs, which is what I wanted, which is what I loved to do. And still do.
But to me, and apparently to thousands of education seekers across the nation, ITT Technical Institute really stood out above the others.
ITT looked to be exactly what I was looking for - electronics education, NO liberal arts courses (a big plus for a high school slacker that slep through every class and graduated with honors), and a three-night-a-week night course in the field that I was interested in.
So, like many others before me, I met with a recruiter, a very nice woman by the name of Kathy. Kathy told me the same basic line of bull the students across the country were fed, with regional amendments.
By the way, does any body actually know the name of the one student that "was hired by IBM, basically off the graduation stage, at $80,000 a year STARTING salary"? I personally don't think he exists, and if he does, he has the honor of being the only ITT student I have ever heard of that made it.
Speaking of IBM, a classmate of mine called IBM about their opinion of ITT grads. By that time, we were all so disillusioned by our experience that it really was not a surprise to find out that they have a court order against ITT to prevent them from using the IBM name to recruit students. Ever.
Motorola as well as several other large tech giants also instituted a hiring freeze on any ITT grad. Before I enrolled. And yet ITT still promises these jobs to the poor schlumps that have the misfortune of being lured into to Venus Flytrap that is ITT.
I seem to have had a slightly better experience than some, though. My textbooks were very helpful. I still use some of them today as reference material.
My instructors were competent, some even spectacular. But that was going the way of the do-do by the time I graduated. They simply did not want to pay these instructors what they were worth. We could always tell when a teacher asked for a raise (which many of them deserved, since they get paid crap here and often work another job on top of teaching). We could tell when the instructor
didn't teach a class anymore and we were being tought by some schmoe thats going to college (usuall across the highway at UB) for the same thing he's teaching us!
Their policy seemed to be "Ask for a raise,
Find another job". This from a company that netted 2.75 million in '02? After buying new campuses?
But it was Kathy that made me really laugh.
About a year after I enrolled, Kathy decided that she was interested in the field, too. And since she had pimped ITT for so long, and "it's such a great school", she went there.
Shortly before the end of her first quarter ended, I ran into her in the hall one day. She looked me square in the eyes and said: "I am so very, very sorry. I had no idea."
The next week, she was attending the University of Buffalo. She had gotten a very large dose of the crap and lies that she had fed to so many other students.
When it comes right down to it, I'm in the same boat most of the students are. Simply put, $30,000 in the hole. Thats it. And a piece of toilet paper hanging on my wall. The CET certification that I got THROUGH ITT is worth more because it's not affiliated.
ITT corporate is nothing more than a bunch of "gypsies, tramps and thieves" to quote a song. And anyone who has ever dealt with them needs no explanation as to why.
Arent companies that provide a good or service legally obligated to fulfill their obligation to the consumer if the consumer is not satisfied with the goods or services rendered? Or if the goods are defective, replace or refund the goods?
Well, I and thousands of consumers are most definately NOT satisfied the the services rendered by ITT. We got very expensive and very defective goods in the way of a crap, empty "education".
And I for one DEMAND a refund. I didn't get what I paid for and I want my money back!!!!
All I got was a 10 dollar box of crap.
For Thirty Thousand Dollars.
Corfu, New York