Well my experience started this past year, when I was layed off from work due to cost cutting within the companies IT department and was looking for a school that would allow me to upgrade my skills and find a new position in my field.
I looked through the local employment newspapers and found a school advertised as DCA Institue of Technology and a couple of other schools. Eventually after doing my research, I foolishly decided to attend DCA dispite the fact that I saw some red lights going off because of the fact the school advertises itself as DCA Institute of Technology but when you call them up and when I met the owner Ash Persaud they say that they will be changing there name to BTT College, but to this day no change has yet to be made, not even on www.bttcollege.com, Now to the teaching...
The package I wanted was for MCSE 2003 and the Instructor was the owner himself Ash Persaud, So I sat in a class and it was what you would expect from a school, so I payed the tuition and my classes were to begin in a couple of weeks. The classes began as expected and all was going well, as time went on Ash became more relaxed with the students and started to become, what the layman person would say "a little lazy" about 50% of the time (if not more) was spent just talking about things unrelated to teaching or reinstalling windows xp/server 2003/exchange because of problems we couldn't solve. Wait hold on, if we can't solve problems like this, especially when the instructor who supposidly has 10 years experience in the field can't solve it, How are we to be successful in the real world?
At this point I wanted to get out but I couldn't because of the contract I signed, so I was stuck with the school but that wasen't a problem for me as I was still able to learn what I couldn't learn at the school through self-study, so I stayed and continued the course. Other things that dissapointed me, was the fact that there was no homework and no reports on how you were doing in the course, once in a while you were given simple multiple choice tests that highschool students could pass with little experience in the field.
Eventually the course finished and it was time to find a job, well I thought atleast I will get something out of this as I was promised to get help in job placement from the school. Boy was I wrong, the successful placement of students into companies that was claimed by the school originally were not to be found, All that was given were contacts with placement agencies that lead to nothing. Eventually I did find work but it was through my own contacts with friends and family that landed me a job in the field again.
What did I learn? What I learned from this experience is that the school runs on what you could call a "Scam Artists" system. Make claims of $60, 000-$80, 000 jobs to catch the persons attention and draw them in, teach crap that makes them feel like they are learning something. When the course is over give them a couple of contacts with placement agencies and make them feel like they got something in return, Where in reality you get nothing.
-Good books for self-stufy
-Office Classroom, No real campus
-No job placement, which they say they have
-No marks/reports to indicate how well you are doing
In conclusion STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL, go to a real school that's sponsored by the goverment or better yet teach yourself by getting the books yourself and stay away from these tech schools that promise you the moon but instead you get nothing.