My unnamed cousin goes to Summit Career College in Colton, California, in the medical assistant program. Today, she was excited to start her externship onsite, which was supposed to have been set up for her by the school. When she arrived, she learned that there was no job there for her, and the school never called. To make matters worse, she was told that this particular site had contacted the school two weeks ago needing someone, and the school had told them that there was no one. My cousin had finished her courses two weeks ago and was available.
When she told me this story, while I secretly hoped that this was uncommon for the school, the intricate details made me think that there might be something off with how the school was run. After all, this wasn’t even the first complaint my cousin had for the school. Teachers were disrespectful to their students, and the students were even required to watch movies unrelated to the coursework. As my cousin said, “I pay $6000 to go [to this school]… I shouldn’t have to put up with this.”
Remembering that the Internet is an excellent research tool for just this kind of thing, I did a search for “Summit Career College Reviews”. I didn’t have to search very hard to find negative reviews – in fact, the first link after those for the school’s own website was a negative review. However, on the first link I clicked, the complaints were not just limited to the medical assistant program. The school’s law program had similar problems.
As I continued to scour for reviews, I found that most of them were negative. I only found two positive reviews from people. Another site does mention that the school has a 99% retention rate, stating that students must love the school. The school offers degrees in 9 months to a year, and charges $6000 – most students probably just finish the program because it’s not that long but costs a lot. There is also a chance that only the students with problems are the only ones leaving reviews, but I still find it odd that there aren’t more positive reviews, or that these problems seem to be continuing ones.
Of course, when deciding a school to go to, one must do the research. Even if a school is easy to get into, offers financial aid, and maintains a high retention rate, like Summit Career College, it’s still best to see what students say. While a couple of negative reviews is nothing to worry about, only finding a couple of positive ones should set off alarms.
“Summit Career College” College Prowler.
“Summit Career College Review” American School Search.
“Summit Career College Incorporated” Yahoo Local.
“Summit Career College – California Review” Viewpoints.