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?!?!