Quote from duskyjewel
I get really tired of the demonization of for-profit schools. Sure, there are unethical diploma mills out there, but there are also really good schools who are working on a different model than we've been used to. I got my CNA training at a for-profit school, because I could do it in three or six weeks instead of an entire semester! The program was approved by the BON and in fact had and still has the highest first-time pass rate on the certification exam of any school in the state. My husband also got a perfectly respectable MBA from University of Phoenix.
SHE is the one who did not complete her externship. And when the school didn't call her back a few times, she should have taken the initiative and gone down to the office and not budged until she got what she needed. Schools are big institutions and don't have the time to track down every person who drops out of their programs. Yes, it's rude that she was promised call backs and didn't get them, but life happens. If you want something, you work until you get it. I know she said she doesn't live there anymore, but if I remember correctly, this has been quite a few months in the making. Sometimes people ignore you on purpose. It's a strategy my husband calls "weeding out the unserious." Because those who are serious will force you to pay attention to them.
Dusky jewel, I agree with you 100%. I admit I as well as many put these schools under one umbrella and really shouldn't. There are some good and some bad about these schools. Some are fly by night, wish you hopes and dreams just for an admission, and some like U Phoenix are well respected. I myself have a certification from a for profit school as well as teach adjunct for them years later
I have had many benefits from the schooling I did and launched my career from it. You make a great point. The OP did not follow through with her responsibilities as a serious student, whatever the reasons may be, by not completing. It's on her. I tell my students every time there's a new start, this will be what you make of it.
It's unfortunate that the school is not responding. Many schools want their grads to succeed, it boosts student morale as well as school reputation etc. But I guess when schools don't have to show success rates to stay in check(like currently with MA and billing/coding programs etc) then students can and will fall off the map. I once wasn't in class for a week in my first semester of nursing school, my college was blowing up my phone!
but that's a whole other thread right.