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Students Stung As Computer Schools Shut

 
Tony Alicea
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"BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of computer training schools that sprouted during the dot-com boom have now shut down, leaving frustrated students with big debts and little education."
http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SCHOOLS_GO_BUST?SITE=MAFAL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
 
Mark Herschberg
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If you go to a school founded 2 years ago, you have to recognize it's not inherently stable. I have more sympathy for the colleges 50-100 years old which decide to shut down.
Realistically, most of these people, even if they had finished the programs probably wouldn't have been in more debt with only marginally better chances of IT employment.
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In my opinion doing a certification from a no name p[lace is a waste of time. I give credit to (recognise) Big certifications e.g. SCJP or Degree's from UNIVERSITIES. I think eployers take the same view when it comes down to qualifications! Too many fish in the see!
 
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sorry its late lol
employers, and sea sorry again
 
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I really question the value of these programs, especially relative to their cost. I had a buddy of mine go through one of these 18 month "intensive" programs sponsered by one of these private "schools". I think he said he paid something like $15,000 to learn "cutting edge" technology. When it was over all he has was a certificate and loans. None of the places he applied to for work called him back. We were discussing it one day and I mentioned that for about 2/3 the cost, and in the same amount of time, he could have gotten a Master's in Information Systems from one of the state schools in our area.
Another friend, in a different state, did almost the exact same thing with these training institutes. She spent around the same amount of money, for around the same length of time. The problem for her was that she doesn't have her bachelors degree. But she spent $10,000+ for a certificate. Now when was the last time you saw a tech job that didn't require at least a bachelor's degree. I have seen them, but they are few and very far between. After getting the certificate, she couldn't find a job in tech at all. I'd say that she's been looking since about mid 2001. She has been trying to rack up more certs, but at this point she can't even afford to do that.
Jon
 
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