Pat and everbody else,
Regarding . . . “Why do you think the community college is not for
you?” . . .
I am a former student of a Portland, OR community college
sponsored jewelry design program. I will let the following post
serve as an explanation as to why this is NOT such a good idea for
some . . .
Let me elaborate a bit on the events that led up to this
situation. For months, students had been mislead into believing
this to be a VERY professional and challenging course. I
personally, was involved for approximately four months. During
that time, our “instructor,” under the pretense of “having fallen
ill,” was gone from class about 80%+ of the time leaving the class
to be self-taught by the students. During this time, we
discovered, that it was actually drug rehab that our absent
"instructor" had been undergoing. The college expected us to “wait
it out,” of course while paying full tuition. Though I had only
been a part of this sad situation for four months, a fellow
student, who had been there nearly a year-and-half, had only
received about 1/3 of the training he had paid for. His frustration
was that although completing only 1/3 of his training, he was less
than two months away from his supposed graduation date. We all had
voiced our concerns repeatedly, but the school took the opinion
that there was “nothing wrong” with the “instructor’s” performance
and that any problems that we had with the quality of our training
couldn’t possibly be reality because “of all the years of good
instruction” the instructor had given to the school. The school
stood their ground until the “instructor” could not be located for
weeks. It was at this point that the school suddenly changed their
stance, promptly(less than 15 minutes notice) shut down the
program, and have attempted to appease everyone with hasty refunds.
This would seem to be the end, but some of these promised refunds
could not be honored due to incompetence on the part of the school.
This whole situation makes me so mad I could scream.
If anybody wants to know more about this, PLEASE e-mail us
off-list at @intrica.
Intrica Fine Jewelry