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Complaint Review: PC Pro Schools - Madison Wisconsin

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  • PC Pro Schools 2418 Crossroads Dr Madison, Wisconsin U.S.A.

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First I would like to say I hope I dont get into any trouble for filing this report. I didnt go to this school. I was weeks away from getting a 25,000$ loan to go to this school though. To give someone so much hope and so much promise and to be crushed in the end is alot more than getting ripped off.

I was Googling Pc Pro Schools locations when i found a report that was titled: Rip-off Report: Pc Pro Schools Falsified Salary and Job Market. I clicked on it and began to read some pretty disappointing things. Reading this report was like having my dreams crushed one sentance at a time.

It all started when i heard an add on the radio for Pc Pro Schools. I didnt really think anything of it until a friend made the comment " you really know alot about this stuff, you should go to school for it and make money for doing this." Thats when I thought Pc Pro Schools!

The next day I googled it. I read about it and did the online assessment. all the questions they were asking i knew all the answers to. I registered, pretty much reserved one of the 4-6 spots they have open Wednesday or Thursday. So I go and visit their campus and bring my Fiance along. There was only a few other people there along with myself and we were told there were only two spots open in the class. I thought I have to be one of those people who gets one. So I give it my all and make a good impression. Before I left the director told me i would be perfect for this school and gave me papers to fill out for the 25,000$ loan.

The next day the women calls me and says you have no credit and can you get a co-signer? So I tried my Fiance, my parents, grandparents and had the guts to ask a few friends. Some didnt have not so good credit and some thought i was crazy paying 25,000$ for 6 months of school. I hit a dead end. The last thing left was to get some credit. I went to visit the campus in August and did alot since then to establish some credit. Well this company told me I had to make just one more payment and that would put my credit where it needed to be. Finally I thought I was gonna do this. Worked so hard at it and then today I read a article that put all that down the drain! Im moving to a state that doesnt have Pc Pro Schools. Thank God I would have got ripped-off 25,000$ One thing Im going to do is purchase Microsoft Books for 300$ So i can at least get the knowledge i was so thursty for. And thats all she wrote.

Fiola
madison, Wisconsin
U.S.A.

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#15 Consumer Comment

Thank you guys for the info!

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 08, 2009
I also took the online "test" which just about anybody computer literate should have no problem with... Then my phone rang about 2 minutes later and I let it go to voicemail. I then decided to check the Rip-off reports to see if there was anything about PC PROSCHOOL and there was! I want to thank all of you for being brave and telling your stories, and also for saving me $$. I'm sorry some of you got ripped off... ;(
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#14 Consumer Comment

Thank you guys for the info!

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 08, 2009
I also took the online "test" which just about anybody computer literate should have no problem with... Then my phone rang about 2 minutes later and I let it go to voicemail. I then decided to check the Rip-off reports to see if there was anything about PC PROSCHOOL and there was! I want to thank all of you for being brave and telling your stories, and also for saving me $$. I'm sorry some of you got ripped off... ;(
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#13 Consumer Comment

Thank you guys for the info!

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 08, 2009
I also took the online "test" which just about anybody computer literate should have no problem with... Then my phone rang about 2 minutes later and I let it go to voicemail. I then decided to check the Rip-off reports to see if there was anything about PC PROSCHOOL and there was! I want to thank all of you for being brave and telling your stories, and also for saving me $$. I'm sorry some of you got ripped off... ;(
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#12 Consumer Comment

Thank you guys for the info!

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 08, 2009
I also took the online "test" which just about anybody computer literate should have no problem with... Then my phone rang about 2 minutes later and I let it go to voicemail. I then decided to check the Rip-off reports to see if there was anything about PC PROSCHOOL and there was! I want to thank all of you for being brave and telling your stories, and also for saving me $$. I'm sorry some of you got ripped off... ;(
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#11 Consumer Comment

i agree.

AUTHOR: Bobby Jean Foreman - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2008
I agree with everything fiola has had to say. I had a similar experience with a pc pro schools.
It all began when I searched for pc pro schools on yahoo, it lead me straight to their site. i took the.. computer knowledge test.. and i put in all of my personal information. I clicked the "submit" button... then all of a sudden my phone rang. Hmm.. odd? and of course, it was pc pro schools... I thought it was a bit strange that they called so quickly, but...... never gave me the answers to that computer knowledge test i took.

The person who i spoke with asked me if i'd like to come down to the campus and take a look at it. he signed me up for an informational seminar... took down my boyfriends name, also. He also said we would recieve a $50 GAS card... in the mail. Which i have also not yet recieved.
I was so excited and so nervous while driving. blah blah, they had that "informational seminar". They talked about "I'm sure youve heard people say that this is a scam... but how could it be a scam with all of this 'accredidation'? we've been recognised by inc500, this and that.. blah blah blah, we've been around for over 10 years!!"
Well, to make a long, long story short... Mr .... We'll call him MR SALES, saw my extremely high test score he said, "you shouldnt be doing what you're doing. you're way too smart for that, blah blah blah.." Then IMMEDIATELY he started talking about if i could get a co-signer for the $26,000 Loan. I said Maybe my father would do it. i gave him my father's info. after we left, i called my dad and spoke with him. My dad was not all about having his daughter go to school for six months for that much money. He just didn't think it was right. suddenly by a miracle,(or by talking to a very good salesman) he agreed to signing this ridiculous $26,000 loan.
The loan application did not go through, which is a GOOD thing. But even after that, they kept calling to see if we could put someone else's information on there. I decided to tell them that... everything happens for a reason. There's a reason why i'm not going to this school. even after that, they still tried to sway me back.
Now everything makes sense! I am thankful for rip-off reports.. because I didn't make a $26,000 mistake.

To anyone who's looking at this school for an education.. Don't fall for it. You can tell that they are ALL sales People. SALES people SHOULDN"T be working in SCHOOLS.

-bobby
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#10 Consumer Comment

Thank God

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

POSTED: Tuesday, July 08, 2008
It could be worse, you could have spent the money like I did and find out after it was all lies.
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#9 Consumer Comment

Clemson University (here) now charges about $9,000/yr

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Clemson used to charge $4,000 a year a few years ago (inflation). So a few years ago, $16,000 and 4 years at Clemson U. would get you a REAL Batchelor of Science degree in computer science, and last time I looked $16,000 was a lot less than $25,000.

W/r/t "There was only a few other people there along with myself and we were told there were only two spots open in the class."

People want what they can't have. If there were "only a few other people there" and "50 spots open in the class" would you have been so hot to trot?
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#8 Consumer Comment

your lucky you could have been this guy

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Are you sick of your current career choice? Do you want to make more money? Do you want a free Xbox? Do you want to potentially be scammed out of 2000 bucks? then visit PC Pro Schools career night where they will provide the latter.

I have always been interested in computers. I am quite technical by nature and have built several computers and servers, but the idea of going to school for 4 years studying computers never at all appeared to me. Instead I regrettably heard on the radio the potential to earn 50,000 in 6 months training.

If it sounds too good to be true, it definitely is.

The presentation was highly technologically advanced and showed PC compared to ITT and a typical 4 year school. They offered only the best training in what company's are looking for. They spoke very highly of their excellence and ongoing reputation. After the presentation the Admissions Specialist, a professional salesmen said that if you had any questions you could schedule a meeting and discuss them. Now stop here, why wouldn't they let you ask questions in front of the whole group? Isn't it probable that then someone would ask the same question someone else was wondering, or maybe didn't even think of.

No wait, rewind, remember when you walked in there was someone at the doorway greeting you, then there was a secretary at the 2nd floor who asked your name and then there was the "admissions"/sales specialist who gave the presentation, why do they have so many people for a simple presentation? Mainly so people who get scammed can't sneak there way back in to inform everyone else of the scam they are running.

First the awesome certificate you receive upon graduating, A MCSA. This stands for Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, this is the only certificate worth a sh**, and certainly not 25000 dollars. At a comparable school, you could attain this same certificate for around 5000 dollars, less the bullsh** help desk degree. Go ahead and search for that degree and see what you find on Monster.. Also comparably, the MCSA is approximately half of the coursework required for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer which via Beacon Learning could be achieved for approximately 8000 dollars.

So my advice is don't go to PC to begin with because the following explains my horror story.

I was almost sold on the idea and went for a tour of campus and saw the networks and massive amounts of machinery they had. Granted the campus is beautiful technologically, but the amount of pressure Mr., well say, Hobby Bodge, was placing on me seemed mildly scrutinizing, I told him me and my family had to talk it over, he continued to seem ecstatic about my high test score saying it was the highest they had ever got. He told me I had until friday to be guaranteed acceptance. High pressure for the amounts of money being dealt with.

I went home and thought to myself just do it, there are people who complain and there are people who change it. wait didn't they spill that propaganda at the presentation.

Upon my acceptance I found the Beacon Learning Center and looked into their pricing and found how ridiculously overpriced PC PRO was. I immediately filed for my withdrawal and was told I can't just send paperwork I am required to go to and exit interview, or so said the salesmen, I contacted corporate and faxed them the required papers.

A month later I was shocked to find out I had been charged two thousand dollars for my textbooks and exam fees. First off, the textbooks were said to be destroyed, this is not Fahrenheit 451, books can and will be recycled as opposed to being destroyed. Secondly the exam fees are paid immediately preceding examinations if taken independently, but somehow being a VUE testing they had to hold onto them. or scam me... take your pick

So I have contacted multiple agencies including the environmental ones to infer to them about their business ethics and poor recycling policies. I only hope through my troubles I can inform others of the poor business practice. I am sure graduates achieve and make money but I am also sure that other institutes can provide this cheaper as well as in a more consumer friendly manner.

ranted by Ben at 3:31 PM
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#7 Consumer Comment

your lucky you could have been this guy

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Are you sick of your current career choice? Do you want to make more money? Do you want a free Xbox? Do you want to potentially be scammed out of 2000 bucks? then visit PC Pro Schools career night where they will provide the latter.

I have always been interested in computers. I am quite technical by nature and have built several computers and servers, but the idea of going to school for 4 years studying computers never at all appeared to me. Instead I regrettably heard on the radio the potential to earn 50,000 in 6 months training.

If it sounds too good to be true, it definitely is.

The presentation was highly technologically advanced and showed PC compared to ITT and a typical 4 year school. They offered only the best training in what company's are looking for. They spoke very highly of their excellence and ongoing reputation. After the presentation the Admissions Specialist, a professional salesmen said that if you had any questions you could schedule a meeting and discuss them. Now stop here, why wouldn't they let you ask questions in front of the whole group? Isn't it probable that then someone would ask the same question someone else was wondering, or maybe didn't even think of.

No wait, rewind, remember when you walked in there was someone at the doorway greeting you, then there was a secretary at the 2nd floor who asked your name and then there was the "admissions"/sales specialist who gave the presentation, why do they have so many people for a simple presentation? Mainly so people who get scammed can't sneak there way back in to inform everyone else of the scam they are running.

First the awesome certificate you receive upon graduating, A MCSA. This stands for Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, this is the only certificate worth a sh**, and certainly not 25000 dollars. At a comparable school, you could attain this same certificate for around 5000 dollars, less the bullsh** help desk degree. Go ahead and search for that degree and see what you find on Monster.. Also comparably, the MCSA is approximately half of the coursework required for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer which via Beacon Learning could be achieved for approximately 8000 dollars.

So my advice is don't go to PC to begin with because the following explains my horror story.

I was almost sold on the idea and went for a tour of campus and saw the networks and massive amounts of machinery they had. Granted the campus is beautiful technologically, but the amount of pressure Mr., well say, Hobby Bodge, was placing on me seemed mildly scrutinizing, I told him me and my family had to talk it over, he continued to seem ecstatic about my high test score saying it was the highest they had ever got. He told me I had until friday to be guaranteed acceptance. High pressure for the amounts of money being dealt with.

I went home and thought to myself just do it, there are people who complain and there are people who change it. wait didn't they spill that propaganda at the presentation.

Upon my acceptance I found the Beacon Learning Center and looked into their pricing and found how ridiculously overpriced PC PRO was. I immediately filed for my withdrawal and was told I can't just send paperwork I am required to go to and exit interview, or so said the salesmen, I contacted corporate and faxed them the required papers.

A month later I was shocked to find out I had been charged two thousand dollars for my textbooks and exam fees. First off, the textbooks were said to be destroyed, this is not Fahrenheit 451, books can and will be recycled as opposed to being destroyed. Secondly the exam fees are paid immediately preceding examinations if taken independently, but somehow being a VUE testing they had to hold onto them. or scam me... take your pick

So I have contacted multiple agencies including the environmental ones to infer to them about their business ethics and poor recycling policies. I only hope through my troubles I can inform others of the poor business practice. I am sure graduates achieve and make money but I am also sure that other institutes can provide this cheaper as well as in a more consumer friendly manner.

ranted by Ben at 3:31 PM
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#6 Consumer Comment

your lucky you could have been this guy

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Are you sick of your current career choice? Do you want to make more money? Do you want a free Xbox? Do you want to potentially be scammed out of 2000 bucks? then visit PC Pro Schools career night where they will provide the latter.

I have always been interested in computers. I am quite technical by nature and have built several computers and servers, but the idea of going to school for 4 years studying computers never at all appeared to me. Instead I regrettably heard on the radio the potential to earn 50,000 in 6 months training.

If it sounds too good to be true, it definitely is.

The presentation was highly technologically advanced and showed PC compared to ITT and a typical 4 year school. They offered only the best training in what company's are looking for. They spoke very highly of their excellence and ongoing reputation. After the presentation the Admissions Specialist, a professional salesmen said that if you had any questions you could schedule a meeting and discuss them. Now stop here, why wouldn't they let you ask questions in front of the whole group? Isn't it probable that then someone would ask the same question someone else was wondering, or maybe didn't even think of.

No wait, rewind, remember when you walked in there was someone at the doorway greeting you, then there was a secretary at the 2nd floor who asked your name and then there was the "admissions"/sales specialist who gave the presentation, why do they have so many people for a simple presentation? Mainly so people who get scammed can't sneak there way back in to inform everyone else of the scam they are running.

First the awesome certificate you receive upon graduating, A MCSA. This stands for Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, this is the only certificate worth a sh**, and certainly not 25000 dollars. At a comparable school, you could attain this same certificate for around 5000 dollars, less the bullsh** help desk degree. Go ahead and search for that degree and see what you find on Monster.. Also comparably, the MCSA is approximately half of the coursework required for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer which via Beacon Learning could be achieved for approximately 8000 dollars.

So my advice is don't go to PC to begin with because the following explains my horror story.

I was almost sold on the idea and went for a tour of campus and saw the networks and massive amounts of machinery they had. Granted the campus is beautiful technologically, but the amount of pressure Mr., well say, Hobby Bodge, was placing on me seemed mildly scrutinizing, I told him me and my family had to talk it over, he continued to seem ecstatic about my high test score saying it was the highest they had ever got. He told me I had until friday to be guaranteed acceptance. High pressure for the amounts of money being dealt with.

I went home and thought to myself just do it, there are people who complain and there are people who change it. wait didn't they spill that propaganda at the presentation.

Upon my acceptance I found the Beacon Learning Center and looked into their pricing and found how ridiculously overpriced PC PRO was. I immediately filed for my withdrawal and was told I can't just send paperwork I am required to go to and exit interview, or so said the salesmen, I contacted corporate and faxed them the required papers.

A month later I was shocked to find out I had been charged two thousand dollars for my textbooks and exam fees. First off, the textbooks were said to be destroyed, this is not Fahrenheit 451, books can and will be recycled as opposed to being destroyed. Secondly the exam fees are paid immediately preceding examinations if taken independently, but somehow being a VUE testing they had to hold onto them. or scam me... take your pick

So I have contacted multiple agencies including the environmental ones to infer to them about their business ethics and poor recycling policies. I only hope through my troubles I can inform others of the poor business practice. I am sure graduates achieve and make money but I am also sure that other institutes can provide this cheaper as well as in a more consumer friendly manner.

ranted by Ben at 3:31 PM
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#5 Consumer Comment

your lucky you could have been this guy

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

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2008
Are you sick of your current career choice? Do you want to make more money? Do you want a free Xbox? Do you want to potentially be scammed out of 2000 bucks? then visit PC Pro Schools career night where they will provide the latter.

I have always been interested in computers. I am quite technical by nature and have built several computers and servers, but the idea of going to school for 4 years studying computers never at all appeared to me. Instead I regrettably heard on the radio the potential to earn 50,000 in 6 months training.

If it sounds too good to be true, it definitely is.

The presentation was highly technologically advanced and showed PC compared to ITT and a typical 4 year school. They offered only the best training in what company's are looking for. They spoke very highly of their excellence and ongoing reputation. After the presentation the Admissions Specialist, a professional salesmen said that if you had any questions you could schedule a meeting and discuss them. Now stop here, why wouldn't they let you ask questions in front of the whole group? Isn't it probable that then someone would ask the same question someone else was wondering, or maybe didn't even think of.

No wait, rewind, remember when you walked in there was someone at the doorway greeting you, then there was a secretary at the 2nd floor who asked your name and then there was the "admissions"/sales specialist who gave the presentation, why do they have so many people for a simple presentation? Mainly so people who get scammed can't sneak there way back in to inform everyone else of the scam they are running.

First the awesome certificate you receive upon graduating, A MCSA. This stands for Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, this is the only certificate worth a sh**, and certainly not 25000 dollars. At a comparable school, you could attain this same certificate for around 5000 dollars, less the bullsh** help desk degree. Go ahead and search for that degree and see what you find on Monster.. Also comparably, the MCSA is approximately half of the coursework required for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer which via Beacon Learning could be achieved for approximately 8000 dollars.

So my advice is don't go to PC to begin with because the following explains my horror story.

I was almost sold on the idea and went for a tour of campus and saw the networks and massive amounts of machinery they had. Granted the campus is beautiful technologically, but the amount of pressure Mr., well say, Hobby Bodge, was placing on me seemed mildly scrutinizing, I told him me and my family had to talk it over, he continued to seem ecstatic about my high test score saying it was the highest they had ever got. He told me I had until friday to be guaranteed acceptance. High pressure for the amounts of money being dealt with.

I went home and thought to myself just do it, there are people who complain and there are people who change it. wait didn't they spill that propaganda at the presentation.

Upon my acceptance I found the Beacon Learning Center and looked into their pricing and found how ridiculously overpriced PC PRO was. I immediately filed for my withdrawal and was told I can't just send paperwork I am required to go to and exit interview, or so said the salesmen, I contacted corporate and faxed them the required papers.

A month later I was shocked to find out I had been charged two thousand dollars for my textbooks and exam fees. First off, the textbooks were said to be destroyed, this is not Fahrenheit 451, books can and will be recycled as opposed to being destroyed. Secondly the exam fees are paid immediately preceding examinations if taken independently, but somehow being a VUE testing they had to hold onto them. or scam me... take your pick

So I have contacted multiple agencies including the environmental ones to infer to them about their business ethics and poor recycling policies. I only hope through my troubles I can inform others of the poor business practice. I am sure graduates achieve and make money but I am also sure that other institutes can provide this cheaper as well as in a more consumer friendly manner.

ranted by Ben at 3:31 PM
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#4 Consumer Comment

Look on the bright side

AUTHOR: Joe Kewl - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2008
You got lucky. The school I went to went bankrupt and shut their doors after only my A+ and Network+ certs. I was on track to get four more certs and they "guaranteed a job" within six months of the last certification or my money back. Yeah right. Look to your local community colleges. Many of them have much less expensive programs and you'll wind up with a more useful computer degree, which is what many places are looking for. Many places will actually pay for certification training if needed. Another bonus, you've managed to build up some good credit, so now guard it like it was your baby. Good luck to you!
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#3 Consumer Comment

Look on the bright side

AUTHOR: Joe Kewl - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2008
You got lucky. The school I went to went bankrupt and shut their doors after only my A+ and Network+ certs. I was on track to get four more certs and they "guaranteed a job" within six months of the last certification or my money back. Yeah right. Look to your local community colleges. Many of them have much less expensive programs and you'll wind up with a more useful computer degree, which is what many places are looking for. Many places will actually pay for certification training if needed. Another bonus, you've managed to build up some good credit, so now guard it like it was your baby. Good luck to you!
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#2 Consumer Comment

Look on the bright side

AUTHOR: Joe Kewl - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2008
You got lucky. The school I went to went bankrupt and shut their doors after only my A+ and Network+ certs. I was on track to get four more certs and they "guaranteed a job" within six months of the last certification or my money back. Yeah right. Look to your local community colleges. Many of them have much less expensive programs and you'll wind up with a more useful computer degree, which is what many places are looking for. Many places will actually pay for certification training if needed. Another bonus, you've managed to build up some good credit, so now guard it like it was your baby. Good luck to you!
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#1 Consumer Comment

Look on the bright side

AUTHOR: Joe Kewl - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2008
You got lucky. The school I went to went bankrupt and shut their doors after only my A+ and Network+ certs. I was on track to get four more certs and they "guaranteed a job" within six months of the last certification or my money back. Yeah right. Look to your local community colleges. Many of them have much less expensive programs and you'll wind up with a more useful computer degree, which is what many places are looking for. Many places will actually pay for certification training if needed. Another bonus, you've managed to build up some good credit, so now guard it like it was your baby. Good luck to you!
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