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.