I am currently enrolled in college now. I have been since shortly after leaving PCI.
I was recently looking over all of my student loans which brought me to think back at my dreadful experience at Porter and Chester. It makes me beyond depressed thinking about how I have an extra $20k or so in debt due to attending this school that got me nowhere. They lied through their teeth so they could fill empty seats. They are predators and you are the prey.
I felt like I was just a number the entire time I was there. My instructor, when he did teach, merely read word for word from a Powerpoint. A powerpoint which was word for word from the book. We seldom did "hands on" work.
Hands on was what was advertised to me and promised. I was in the Computer and Networking program. I learned more from Youtube videos and guides online than I did from attending the school. The instructor came in late everyday.
Class was supposed to begin at 7:30, however in reality it began consistently around approximately 9am. Even then he didn't always start at that time. He was also the schools IT guy so he would often be off doing something else and leave us with a quick and easy assignment and not come back for much longer than it took the class to complete whatever it was. We were allotted a break which always ended up being an hour or more.
I would approximate that on any given day we actually only had maybe 2 hours of actual class time as opposed the 5 that should have occurred. As far as I could tell the instructor gave everyone A's. In all reality though I don't think grades at this schooled mattered at all. I earned my certifications with practically no help from any of the class time I was there.
I taught myself via the books and the internet. I scored very well by doing the work myself. So I literally paid for absolutely nothing, except I guess the books. I would do anything to get my money back.
I found this site in my searches to see of others complaints and to see if there was any kind of class action lawsuit against the school from other frustrated past students.
I know at the time of my attendance one of the other students in my program was suing the school.
Porter and Chester Institute - Review about Medical Assistant Program
Not a legitimate "education", as to "medical assistant program." People cheated, girls were loud and aggressive, and horsed around with equipment and needles, there was frequent yelling and foul language, "teachers" changed grades on a whim so they wouldn't have to deal with extra help.We sat at tables and read from books like elementary school, and had to spend extra money on craft supplies every month for elaborate projects that ended up in the trash.
I was teased and berated by a couple of snarky brats for three months. I did nothing to those people. I tried every option to withdraw according to their policies, but the director threatened to "sue me" for the repayment, and a "teacher" threatened to "send her husband after me". The administration wouldnt return my phone calls.They took thousands that I paid and buried it.
I am not exaggerating. I tried to get away from them but they coerced me with lies--two teachers there told me "it's just a game." Not even my bank's Fraud Department could find my thousands, because Porter 'n' Chester corporate people wouldn't respond! They're really not a school.
They're an investment Ponzi Scheme!A dangerous one!
Porter and Chester Institute - Medical Student
I am a student here in medical and couldn't be more disappointed. It's to fast, not enough instruction and way over priced and when I complained I was made to look like the trouble maker!
I'm going after them I have children to raise! This was such a rip off and lies lies lies! Chicopee Ma! I was brought in with the excitement they would teach me and there would be hands on!
It is unprofessional, the instructor picks cliques that keep her occupied and those of us that want to learn also get pushed aside! I'm disgusted nightly!