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American Career College Review – 11/26

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I am student in this college now, LVN-WE. Please DO NOT put yourself here. all the educator here are lazy and rude, they don’t know much about nursing, I’ve experience clinical in sub-acute at Knott Ave Care center, My Instructor Mrs. M was rude and not professional, she always look for student mistakes and yelled at you in front of nurses and patients until the patient told us “your teacher is a terrible person.” And she always favorite some students because they talk same language. 
The Principal of LVN program is rude too, she always talk nice in front of class by saying come to me if you have problem, but when she has some student complaint about something, she always refuse and always say I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR YOUR PROBLEM!! What kind of educator is that? We are here for study and learn about nursing, but they just want your money and will make you failed, if they see your grade not satisfied them. 
Please..please.. please consider this school once again, I paid $700 a month for 18 months and with student loan for $20,000. I wish I can quit from here and get a better school, who have good educator and facility. Thank you for your time to read this.

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American Career College Review – 11/24

Julie on 03/21/2010 – http://local.yahoo.com/info-20353088-american-career-college-incorporated-los-angeles?tab=reviews&allreviews=1#reviews

I graduated from American Career College in September of 2009. I have not been able to find a job as a Medical Assistant. The school had not trained me in any medical software. This causes a big problem trying to find a job.
When I signed up, I was told they would help us find a job. They printed out my resume for me. That was the extent of their help. They called me after my internship in September, to ask if I found a job. I stated I had not. They informed me they would start helping me look. I did not hear from them again until December of 2009., Again they asked me if I had found a job. I told them I have not. They assured me they would help me look. I have not heard from them since. It is now March.
While in school, we changed instructors 4 times. Which made it hard to learn the new instructors teaching methods, along with the materials. I didn’t feel I was learning very much. Some days, no instructor would show up. and we would be in the classroom waiting. We would go to the front desk, they never knew what was going on.
My tuition was 12,500. They actually charged me more than that. I just happened to notice. I was making $90.00 Payments. I noticed none of that money was being applied. I had finally had it squared away, after much complaining. My loans start this month. I am trying to defer them a year, because I have no way of paying them.
I have not received any support in finding a job. Finding one fresh out of school is hard enough. Now with time lapsing farther and farther, from when I graduated, I fear nobody will every hire me.
I have found since graduating, other schools offer the computer software classes that go with medical assisting. I feel I was cheated in this area. Along with having an instructor who was there with us the entire course.

American Career College Review – 11/23

by hazelunicorn on 05/05/2010 – http://local.yahoo.com/info-20353088-american-career-college-incorporated-los-angeles?tab=reviews&allreviews=1#reviews

I just came back from ACC. At first they weren’t so pushy, but they do ask if you’re ready to start right away, or not. I got there at the Los Angeles location around 11am, and got out at 3pm. They had me take a small reading, language, and math test that was about 1-hr long. Then they ask you how you’re paying for your tuition, I can’t, so they rushed me to financial aid. Had to fill out 2 fasa forms back two years (why?), I’m unemployed so I had to write a judgement letter, bring 2 yrs of back taxes, HS diploma, I.D, IU stats, and SSN. They told me I can start tomorrow, for the medical assistant program, how can this be? My credit is in the toilet to get student loads, and if I get a co-borrower why would I get more in trouble with $15,286, to pay back if I don’t have a job right away. They’re crazy. And now I hear all this lack of teachers, no thanks.

American Career College Review – 11/22

Reviewed by: Alumni A, Diploma in Medical Claims Examiner on October 18th, 2010

from http://www.getdegrees.com/reviews/american-career-college

 

I STUDIED THE MEDICAL BILLING PROGRAM IN THE LOS ANGELES CAMPUS. I COMPLETED ALL OF MY COURSES. MY EXTERNSHIP WAS SUPPOSE TO BE COMPLETED BACK IN JULY OF 2010. BUT I DIDNT FINISHED TILL SEPTEMBER. THATS ALL THANKS TO THE COORDINATOR THAT SENT ME FROM PLACE TO PLACE BECAUSE EVERYWHERE THAT SHE SENT ME WAS NOT OFFERING ENOUGH HOURS. SO HERE I AM WELL INTO SEPTEMBER, AND I STILL DONT HAVE A JOB. IM VERY DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE ALL THE MONEY THAT WAS SPENT TO GET TO AND FROM SCHOOL, NOT TO MENTION OUR TUITION. EVEN THOUGH I HAD A GOOD INSTRUCTOR AND LEARNED ALOT, I STILL FEEL THE SCHOOL IS OUT TO GET PEOPLES MONEY. THATS WHY I DONT RECOMEND ACC TO ANY ONE. IM NOT THE ONLY ONE EITHER, SO FAR, ALMOST EVERY ONE THAT I KNOW HASNT GOTTEN HIRED.. JOB PLACEMENT MY A**

Instructors Caught in the Crossfire

November 19, 2010 3 comments

while the government, activists (including this blog), and media continue to question the unethical and greedy practices of the for-profit education sector, instructors and/or the quality of education often gets thrown into the mix.  however, from all of our conversations, it has been clear to us that this allegation is more complex than simple guilt by association.  while the business end of the for-profit machine is mercilessly pummeling the government and underprivileged students, it is not fair to say that the education end of the school is 100% in cahoots.

in our contributors’ comments, it was communicated that the instructors were given a complex situation to manage with little or no recourse.  Because of the “take anyone who can get financial aid” admissions process, the teacher is stuck with a classroom ranging from the reluctant/nothing-invested student to the highly-motivated/self-funded.  By all accounts, this would be difficult to manage especially when the room needs to graduate a particular percentage in order to keep its license.  So in most cases, the class gets bogged down.

As if this wasn’t enough, the admissions team sticks education again by taking 15%-30% of the revenues for to keep themselves happy while they pursue unethical and aggressive recruiting practices.  In privately held for-profits, the business is routinely looking for 40%+ profit margins meaning that there is only 30%-45% of revenues left for the entire rest of the business – including fixed costs, salaries, etc.  Bottom line, is that education routinely is told that there are little resources for what they want to do to enhance the teaching process.

Lastly, they lack any organizational power to influence change.  When you have a VP of admissions bragging to the entire executive team that he brings in 100% of the revenue (thus, profit) and needs something to improve it, the business will trip over itself to feed the monster.  that is how the budgets for admissions gets so bloated.  for example, at american career college, the meals and entertainment budget (the day-to-day account, meetings/events had a different budget) could easily afford lunch for every admissions rep every day the school was open with room to spare.

so, the instructors do the best they can with what they have.  now, it is true, they have chosen working for this type of organization so they are part of the machine.  usually this is complicated by aggressive salaries to keep them where they are, something very compelling for a person trying to survive the current recession.

bottom line, while an admissions staff, especially the VP of admissions, have no excuses for the practices they have implemented, the culpability of the instructors is not clear.  we should be sure that we do not paint everyone with same paintbrush we use for admissions/administration.

American Career College Review – 11/19

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Lies If I could rate this school less than one star I would. When I read reviews online I gave them the benefit of the doubt and went and visited the school. All I can say is that all those people in the admitting department MUST have majored in Acting and/or Sales because they had me sold. We started the program and it seemed okay for a couple days. We got our curriculum and uniforms but as soon as the teaching actually started things went south. I literally taught myself the entire 2 months I was there. The clinical instructors act like it’s a chore to be there and some of the students who are Medical Assistants had to TEACH THEM things!!  This place is a total joke and should have their license taken away. It’s $33000 for the program and the way they sell it to you they make you think that it is worth it. I wish I hadn’t been sold by what they told me because it’s been the biggest waste of time ever. I just dropped out and ended up paying about $3500 for 2 months where all I did was read a book to myself and take tests on things they never taught. If you have even half a brain you will listen to these reviews and don’t go. Save your money and go to a community college and get an ADN degree. Trust me. That’s what I am doing and what I should have done before.

Hide and Seek on the American Career College Website – #2

what is REALLY missing from the site is the information that you need to make your decision about the school.  that information is the placement rates for the various programs.  why is this not included?  because apparently there is something to hide.

why do we say that?  well, let’s think through it.  in the end, the reason every student chooses a program like those offered at American Career College is to get a job and start on the new path for the rest of their life.  students pay extra (around 15x the cost at community college) because they want a streamlined program and support they don’t expect to receive from the traditional school system (in a later post we will talk about how for-profits consistently underdeliver).

while the support component might be difficult to quantify, getting jobs for students is not.  it is called placement rate.  Every for-profit school knows what it is because they must track it in order to maintain accreditation and federal recognition for Title IV funding.  the question is why this number is not available on the website?  if they are placing well, wouldn’t it be front and center showing how they get students jobs?

we contacted ABHES, the accrediting institution for American Career College, and they told us to ask the school for this rate.  this is just daring ACC to make up the number, and from what we have heard, they do.  programs from medical assisting, pharmacy technician, vocational nursing and medical billing have all been under the required 70% placement rate by ABHES in the last few years.  yet, this is not shown anywhere public and is supposed to be covered in the private meeting when the prospect is alone with the admissions representative.  what is really happening is that the information is buried in the enrollment agreement is mixed in with a stack of documents.  students enrolling don’t even know that they are acknowledging that they were told these lousy placement numbers.

think about this.  70% is seven out of ten.  even if they make this requirement it means that 3 out of every 10 students that attend American Career College will pay 15-20x the cost at community college and will still be looking for work.

3 out of every 10 will not be able to transfer the credits they just earned, they will not be able to get their loan forgiven and they will not be able to get the time they just wasted back.

3 out of every 10 will have just made their life worse than it was before they went to school.

explain to us again why do we need organizations that act like this in our community?!?!