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Olinda

Posted on : October 22, 2017

Porter n Chester sux went there for medical assisting they couldn't even keep teachers there constant changes then they don't even help u get placed with a job just about all my classmates aren't even workin as MA's!!!! I left early with was a blessing because I would of owed a lot more then da 7000 I owe now dat I'm struggling to pay they t all about $$$$$!!!!


priya

Posted on : February 25, 2017

They hire instructors that merely understand the courses. We went thru three 3 “instructors” in 13 months. This is mainly a self teach school. The March calendar 2017 faculty could really care less about you as an individual. They change the “standards” or “rules” on a weekly basis. 27k and this place isn't even worth it. People make false promises here and don't deliver


ht

Posted on : June 01, 2016

I had gone to Porter and Chester in Watertown Ct for automotive technology in 2012 and I give this school a big two thumbs down. I would never recommend this school to anyone that wants to learn a trade. find someone willing to teach you on the job. If I could go back and tell myself to listen to my father I would of never gone to that school. I learned very little and no longer even work in the field because of lack of growth, older techs aren't leaving because they can't afford to and businesses can't afford to pay lube techs more than $10-$13 an hour which is not enough to live on for the type of work you do and the it doesn't cover the cost of paying the loan back if you're like most people and cannot manage money well.


Working single mother

Posted on : May 07, 2015

Went there for MA classes. When given the tour originally, they told me they would pay for the state exam at the end.

Found out they weren't going to a month before graduating, 5 of us even confronted the tour guide (financial aid rep, whatever). She said she never said that. Flat out lie. Now I come to find out years later that they took out student loans way above what was to be covered, between my Pell Grant which cover almost half, and the 3 years of payments made to them, they're now telling me I owe over 12 grand in student loans?!?!?!?!!?

WTF? thanks for screwing over a hard working single mother.

They should be ashamed and I am now looking into legal action. Don't ever step foot in their doors.


Janet

Posted on : April 03, 2015

Porter and Chester Institute - Horrible School Currently in the dental assistant program and I could say that I am extremely unsatisfied with this program. When you sign up they tell you that it's all hands on.... Lie Lie Lie. All they really care about is there money and getting students to sign up, could care less about their students and their education. Instructors are rude, staff is rude, very unstructured. They treat you like your in high school, when you're in college. I would never recommend this program to anybody. Stay away from this school. Example: I was pulled out of class in front of everybody because of a late payment, they told me I was being dismissed. Being so I am on my last week of classes before I graduate I made the payment so I returned the next day, but they made me leave the day they pulled me out of class. In front of everyone. How inconsiderate is that. They don't know whats going on in peoples private lives. Me and another girl in my class got sent home on the same day. Literally pathetic. If I wasn't so close to graduating I would've left and never came back. If you're looking for hands on, don't come here. You sit in a class all day and maybe get into the clinic for an hour a day.


AV

Posted on : June 03, 2014

The brass of Porter and Chester put on a great song and dance but do not be deceived by their smoke and mirrors, get your education elsewhere. Porter and Chester and its employees are a bunch of crooks. I would love to know where all my tuition money and everyone else's who had ever enrolled here has gone to. To sum it up i would have been better off taking the books for said curriculum and reading them myself. Think twice before you enroll or decide to send you child here. To be completely honest they do not even deserve the one star review which is required to post.


MR. A

Posted on : April 28, 2014

I was teacher there and their cirriculum was good but the way they ran the place and particularly WHO was unacceptable. They are profit oriented, not education oriented.


Anonymous

Posted on : April 04, 2014

So today i went to Porter and Chester to remove myself from class. I gone into speak with the coordinator about removing myself from class because I was given a job opportunity. He stated to me that some of the employees were talking about myself and who knows maybe others about backing out of class. As I walked by one of the financial aid advisor's offices to go into the office of the financial aid advisor that I was speaking with about removing myself from class so that the money that I was supposed to pay for class did not get sent. I overheard a group of Porter and Chester employees to include the coordinator director one other financial advisor and a couple of employees from Porter and Chester saying that I told you so he would probably back out of class. Without knowing for sure if the comments were directed at me there is a place and time for people to talk about people not within ear shot. My point is if you're looking to attend Porter and Chester institute know that some of the faculty and some of the staff will talk about you in some regard.


Alimni

Posted on : March 30, 2014

I went there many years ago and have since found out I could have received a better education and still have come away with the Certificate I worked for for less then $2000 whereas here at the time because I was not eligible for any financial aid except for loans which started out at almost $10,000, and now because of many hardships and inability to pay loans, with interest I now owe almost $20,000. All for a course that had I done more research and attended a different school I could have paid about 90 percent less at a Community College. Make sure you check ALL options, and realize this school if you want to call it that is NOT the best choice.


RAllison

Posted on : February 15, 2014

Porter and chester institute is not what they portray themselves to be. Yes I did learn a lot from taking the HVAC course but their promise of job placement is a fraud.Finding a job in the HVAC field without prior years of experience is very difficult and you figure the school would know this and try to have connections for their students. They do not help you find a job, they have no connections with any companies. I have yet to get one interview through them. Once you graduate you are basically on your own for a job hunt. The School is suppose have relationships with companies that are willing to give PCI students an opportunity but they do not. Don't fall for the banana in the tail pipe people.


WGGB

Posted on : January 20, 2014

CHICOPEE, Mass. WGGB — Students at one local occupational school are upset tonight after they say they’re not getting the education for which they paid. Getting a state license to become an electrician in Massachusetts takes several years and thousands of hours of training. That’s why some people go to occupational schools – like Porter and Chester Institutes. But recently something those electrician students learned about PCI has them shocked. Tim Holcomb and Tom Minutillo are about 7 months into the year-long electrician program here at Porter and Chester in Chicopee, but even as they get closer to their graduation in October, they say they’re farther away than ever from getting the training they need. “We attend this school to obtain hours to become an electrician and Porter and Chester, even though we are paying $30,000 we’re only receiving half of our education,” said Holcomb. At issue is the way electricians are licensed in Massachusetts. The state mandates two things: 600 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of apprenticeship or on the job training or ‘OJT.’ And while Porter and Chester has a state approved classroom program, it’s OJT is not approved. “The state says and Porter and Chester that the on the job training is no longer effect. Meaning that all we are working hard for will not include into our hours to become an electrician,” explained Holcomb. “From my understanding, they were contacted by the state back in February that there was a problem. They’ve done nothing,” said Minutillo. While no one from Porter and Chester would go on camera, they did send this statement, saying in part: “Until recently, PCI understood students could apply part of their practical shop experience toward the 8,000 hours of on-the-job training required for state licensure.” In fact, the PCI student catalogue that we pulled up on-line says “Part of the training hours you acquire at Porter and Chester qualify as OJT.” But clearly, that’s not the case. “We want to get to the bottom of this,” said Barbara Anthony, Mass. Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs. “If there’s an intentional misrepresentation – that will be dealt with accordingly but the point I want to make is we are looking into the matter. We take an allegation of misrepresentation very seriously.” PCI maintains it immediately informed students of the problem, but for many who’ve already spent upwards of $30,000 on tuition, they say it’s too little too late. “If you were here every day for every hour it should have been 684 apprenticeship hours credited to us,” said Minutillo. “Now we get nothing for our money.” Once more, to be clear, the state does recognize Porter and Chester’s electrician program and will recognize the 600 hours of classroom time, but the state is currently in the process of clarifying whether on-the-job training hours are counted towards a student’s eligibility to take the licensing exam. And Anthony says it will take a few more weeks to figure it all out.


Disgusted

Posted on : November 04, 2013

They should review the ethics of he Medical Assisting department as well. Students paying 18k to listen to instructors talk about their weddings and then train wreck divorces.Instructors sleeping with students. Excellent employees being demoted or fired in order for brown nosing, unskilled morons becoming supervisors after being fired at other campuses. Drunk administration sleeping with each other. Its a disgusting place!!!!!


Changed my mind

Posted on : October 21, 2013

WOW! I was looking into going to this school but when I talked to the recruter she was awful pushy. She wanted me to come in the very next day for the $25 application fee and when I hesitated she told me not to wait to long because the class fills up very fast! Sounds like a used car salesman. So I googled reviews. Glad I did. Sorry guys but thanks for the heads up.


Ethics

Posted on : October 19, 2013

I had to take an ethics they are trying to teach us about having good ethics ok I passed the class however the school is the one that need to take the class because when I started they said when we leave here we will be certified however 9 mo into the year 2 weeks before I left for extern they tell my class that after we graduate we have to work for 2 year before we can take 1 of the 3 tests to become certified because the school is not accredited . And when I signed up they did not mention anything about having to take online classes and right before 3rd quarter started they tell us by saying hey guess what 3rd quarter you guys only have to come here 3 times a week instead of 4 we all asked why and that say cause we 6 of our classes are online classes. well fuck that I didn't sign up for online anything like that... this is how well they teach classes my class all went and took a certified test given by the state and my whole class failed no we have to go take it again and pay out of our pockets for it we can't get jobs with out it. and the best part my class cost over $20,000.00 I could have gone to a community college and only paid $3,000.00 for the same class. the school is a joke


Big MIstake

Posted on : October 09, 2013

I want to keep going to save someone a headache, but i will leave it at that. If your are someone looking to better yourself and make a better life for your family or future family. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!!!! Don't say i didn't warn you!


Big MIstake

Posted on : October 09, 2013

Hands down the worst school ever!! I attended PCI in Woburn. The staff is a bunch of scam artist. I was smart enough to get out, but WOW!! Ill tell you one out of many stories. My first day i was very excited. After talking to some of the older students that went out the window. All they did was complain about the staff and school. We started working on engines which had me freaking out. What school in the world has you working on egines that dont work? We took it apart started putting it back together and i asked how we testing them to see if we did it right? The instructor said we cant they dont work! I looked at him and said to myself HUH?almost 30,000 for what?


PCI in branford

Posted on : September 26, 2013

Holy wow i butchered that paragraph, sorry, but you get the message.


PCI in branford

Posted on : September 26, 2013

I came to this school around a year ago and enroled in their CAD class, At first they hyped me up, got me pumped, but after the first few weeks i realized my teacher had no idea how to teach, turns out he was just some paperboy at a firm, and had only been in his feild for TWO MONTHS. He got fired 2 months later, Now we are being tought by somone who is a good guy, knows his stuff, but has such a accent we can hardly figure out what he is explaining, every day we are not tought to use CAD in the realworld, we are tought how to copy, in the real world you dont copy layouts for houses, propertys, or buildings in general. After i was ejected from the program durring the last major snowstorm i decided to come back , in hopes it would be worth my time. I am not only 4 months away from graduation and i can tell you this now. This school does truely not care about you, you give them your money, they take it and they are done, i have yet to learn any knoledge I CAN USE in the real world of CAD drafting, im not being tought to creat, only to copy information from a peice of paper, to a computer screen. I plan on graduation, mostly because you would have to be mentaly challanged not to understand this stuff, but i will tell you all this, this place is not worth your time, it is far from worth your money. This school is a scam, and should be investigated, how they have gotten away with this for so long truely is baffling. I dont expect my degree i get from PCI to be worth a thing, but it beats only having a highschool degree, head my warning , PLEASE, do not give in to their false hope.


Chester Porter

Posted on : September 24, 2013

Thanks for the feedback. I have done some spell checks and basic punctuation but felt that the student responses should be left untouched or else they wouldn't be THEIR true responses. On CollegeTimes.TV, a post by The Man on May 2012 highlights just what you've addressed here. It infuriates me when self described educated tolerant people like The Man bash other's for their poor spelling, wording, station in life, etc. as if to say you have no right to complain because you're not as smart as me. Granted there are quite a few attending Porter and Chester that are there for fun and games but perhaps to weed out the dead beats, there should be a more robust entry test or exam or whatever they call that thing/questionnaire they hand out to hopeful attendees wishing to advance beyond the minimum wage lifestyle. For those who are there to learn, Porter and Chester can be uninspiring and extremely expensive.


Have Some Class

Posted on : September 23, 2013

I think there are some excellent points made here. However, please clean up the pronouns, punctuation and potty-mouth language. These robber barons at PCI will use any tactic they can to try and infuriate people by saying all the right things. Those of you who cooperated and did your work have nothing to be ashamed of. It's PCI's board of directors and the arrogant, selfish instructors who should all have fresh scoops of dung served to them in Waterford crystal bowls...with a smile and A plus for attitude and effort.


Brian

Posted on : July 12, 2013

Some of the complaints are valid, others aren't. I go to the Stratford campus for hvac and my instructors are very experienced and offer great, real world advice. You only get out of this program what you put in. These schools teach you the basics, mostly due to the fact there is constantly evolving practices, equipment, and demands. If you come here, don't apply yourself, and need to be babysat like your still in high school, don't bitch when you don't get it at the end. Also, more likely then not, you will get an entry level position in your field because your only job like experience is this school, and that goes through technical schools or standard colleges. The price is steep and I can see maybe some other campuses or instructors don't have experience or are unprofessional, but these guys are fresh out of a service van 9/10 times, so this teaching isn't exactly there strong suit. If you bare with some of the instructor mishaps in the class, in the shop you will learn what you need to and apply yourself fully for the best results.


Fraud

Posted on : April 08, 2013

Im currently attending PCI, i have a few months left before graduating. My experience so far has been disturbing to say the least, here's a few things I've witnessed so far. Teachers taking bribes from student to get out of class early, and to get better grades. I've also witness a teacher harass a student to the point where he dropped out. The same teacher started a fight with a student and threatened the student saying he'll be waiting for him at his car after school. This school is the BIGGEST RIP OFF EVER!!!!! If you are planning on attending, do yourself a favor and move on...


Gone Medical

Posted on : October 22, 2012

Porter and Chester sux! After 1 year, I still cannot find work. I am working as a waitress instead. I have called the school in Enfield Ct and never had any of my calls returned. False hope is right, once you are done… so are they. They should be reported to the Better Business Bureau. I am shocked that they have not been investigated yet. If somebody could afford a lawyer than I would def jump on and start a class action law suit!


Demos

Posted on : October 15, 2012

School is a complete fraud. They hire instructors that merely understand the courses. We went thru three 3 “instructors” in 13 months. This is mainly a self teach school. The faculty could really care less about you as an individual. They change the “standards” or “rules” on a weekly basis. 27k and this place isn't even worth it. People make false promises here and don't deliver. Would not suggest anyone to come here. Save your money do yourself a favor and go to a real college not a mediocre trade school.


Miss. Take

Posted on : October 12, 2012

I myself was in their Medical Assistant program, and I agree with Just Disappointed. PCI is an education money mill. They are completely a rip-off and they really do not care what happens to their students once they are out of their classroom. I found for the amount of money that the students pay, the school was lacking. The equipment didn’t always work, the computers ugh…. they were a mess, the programs that we had to install on the computers were confusing and for people who have to do these programs with every batch of new students, they sure knew nothing about them. There was never enough equipment for every student to use and learn at the same time. And seriously… they expect to have people comfortable jabbing someone in the arm with a needle to draw blood only after 3 days of talking about it and practicing on a mutilated fake arm. The teachers, as people are nice, while you are in school, but once you’re out… you’re a nuisance. The rules to the school change every week and personally I don’t feel that we are taught what we really need in the field. MANY girls that have left PCI have not had any luck finding jobs or receiving the promised help of finding “GUARENTEED PLACEMENT\”. Many girls have had to get jobs doing whatever they can get because almost all of the places that are applied for say that “They need more years’ experience\”. The PROMISES that were given to us were not followed through at all, but were just ploys to get us in. We were told that once we left PCI, we would be certified in 3 things,PHLEBOTOMY, MEDICAL ASSISTING, and CPR. The CPR was the only true thing… even though that training class was definitely not long enough and was just rushed through. When girls started to ask questions about being certified in the other things, they played dumb… and said that they do not know why we were told that. But many girls were, and they just turned their heads. I don’t think that the instructors are really that educated in every topic. I personally will tell everyone and anyone I hear are going to check out PCI to go elsewhere. The school is a fraud and so are the people working there!!!! All they want is money… Shame on us for trusting them. I can go on forever about my horrible experiences at PCI but I won’t. I have made some great friends from going there but…. I just am disgusted on how I and others have been treated! NUFF SAID!!!


J graham

Posted on : October 09, 2012

Hi parent of two students graduated from watertown campus..what’s going on at this school??BS 101..both had 4.0s medical assisting and autotech..no jobs..mr palmer the only one going out of his way to help..in auto..huge loans no jobs as promised. Then the kids give up with my phone ringing off the wall for the $$ to b paid back..this is fraud don’t committ to borrowing federal funds from govt and false promises of jobs after they graduate..its getting worse..no hookups or connections in wtby..or ur not bilingual no JOBS period..terrible..this is fraud and deception. The schooi is pumping out the loans with an 80percent default status upon its grads..putting them in line for food stamps not to mention depression..what is the ratio of grads overall from these campuses getting reliable jobs after their internshios?? These statistics need to b researched b4 any student borrows from any PC institute.. some one might consider a class action lawsuit for fraud!!!


Sal

Posted on : October 09, 2012

I attended the Wethersfield CT branch back in 07 which then moved to Rocky Hill DURING the class sessions. Total mess and very disorganized. There would be multiple group levels taught in one class. Why should I, as a beginning classmate, sit and listen to course materials for students that are ahead in course reading materials? Job placement doesn’t work there. I went to Porter and Chester for the job placement assistance more than the paper I would receive in the end, and they said they would find me something. Throughout the term there was only one solid interview that was 1.5 hours away from home, Groton CT, to be exact. I went to the interview and didn’t get the job because of my lack of experience, and the cost benefit factor commuting there. That was the last interview Porter and Chester ever set me up with and apparently Porter believed I didn’t present myself well enough. So, they called the interviewer to verify what went wrong. First and foremost, its not rocket science to see that commuting a 3 hour drive back and forth each working day, would be a financial burden for $11 an hour. So what happened? I never got a job from them, and they wondered my negativeness even though I graduated with a 4.0 average, BUT, graduating took some challenge as well. Five different dates were given to me. It became so ridiculous that I didn’t even go to my graduation, I was fed up with them.


Disgusted Parent

Posted on : September 30, 2012

Even giving this school one star in each category is a stretch. This school is a total scam and should be revealed for what they really are. Its quite obvious reading these reviews that the same complaints from different students and parents are mentioned over and over. I would advise anyone and everyone to stay clear of this school. You will be paying thousands of dollars for an education that you will either not get or never have a chance to get but your still going to have to pay off those loans. Sound fair? Do yourself a favor and go to a real school like so many stated in their complaints they ended up doing in the end. This so called “school” is a joke!!!!!! I cannot stress “joke” enough. I wish I had done a google search and found all these complaints before I let my son enroll there only to end up with $27,000 in loans and no certificate.


black people are lazy

Posted on : September 27, 2012

Just like everything in life you get out exactly what you put in. it seems that most of the people that come to Porter and Chester feel as though they are entitled to something. somehow black people who can’t read or write, sleep during class, don’t come to class, and then surprisingly think that not only should pass but then also get a job are out of their minds. don’t blame a school for all your pathetic black a$$ problems


Sal Continued

Posted on : September 26, 2012

Just before finishing, Porter and Chester had the nerve to say that I owed them $1600.00 dollars out of pocket, even though I had financial assistance to cover everything. So I questioned them where the $1600.00 came from. “Go see (will not mention name)” So I did and no answer was calculated to justify this $1600.00. NEVERTHELESS, right in front me, I did see something so very interesting during their failing attempts to calculate a $1600.00 figure. Turned out they owed me $3300 dollars.


Sal

Posted on : September 25, 2012

Job placement doesn’t work there. I went to Porter and Chester for the job placement assistance more than the paper I would receive in the end, and they said they would find me something. Throughout the term there was only one solid interview that was 1.5 hours away from home, Groton CT, to be exact. I went to the interview and didn’t get the job because of my lack of experience, and the cost benefit factor commuting there. That was the last interview Porter and Chester ever set me up with and apparently Porter believed I didn’t present myself well enough. So, they called the interviewer to verify what went wrong. First and foremost, its not rocket science to see that commuting a 3 hour drive back and forth each working day, would be a financial burden for $11 an hour.


HUGEREGRETS

Posted on : September 25, 2012

If i could give Porter and Chester 0 stars i would have. I have so much spite and anger towards this school i can barely write this review. From day one not one person here has told me the truth. I was lied to and told great things to get me here then lied right to my face on a daily basis. There is no structured(set) agenda or schedule of what you will be learning. Most days we sit in class and do nothing or are given 4 hours to do a 30 minute project. All that porter and chester cares about is getting your money. Once they have your signature on the paperwork then they kick you to the side and dont want to hear from you till your course is over. I cant stress enough that I am not the type of person who complains alot, or is annoyed easily.


HUGEREGRETS

Posted on : September 25, 2012

If i could give this school 0 stars i would have. I have so much spite and anger towards this school i can barely write this


CJ

Posted on : September 23, 2012

Basically just what everyone else has already said about the school.I went for IT and quit before the third quarter after receiving my net plus.There was absolutely no curriculum to speak of and the hands on learning was absolutely non existent.It was a chore for the instructor to simply come help you out with something or just answer a simple question he was there to baby sit more than teach.Basically all the kids did all day were play games and do there own thing and when it was time for cert’s people went of Test King.com and retook exams over and over until they were ready which was encouraged by Porter and Chester.So basically they wanted you to memorize the answers and didn’t care if you actually knew what you were doing or not.I started to see a pattern and while I attended the Chicopee campus things just got worse.There was only one instructor there to help a class full of 30 kids and he could have cared less.There was another guy there for a short period of time which was a great teacher and would take the time to show you stuff after class and was enthusiastic about teaching but they fired him for some unknown reason and nobody every stepped in to replace him.After all is said and done I have heard stories about most of the class that graduated and at this point almost none of them have jobs even the brightest kids in the class that came in with alot of knowledge.I think I heard of maybe one or two kids at max getting decent jobs but they all had experience in the industry prior to going to Porter and Chester so I’m guessing that is the only reason why.don’t make the mistake I did if you are thinking about going here just go to a 4 year college because Porter and Chester will not only not teach you but they will also not lift a finger to help you find a job when you graduate.This school is a utter joke and I’m embarrassed for even staying as long as I did.The director of education MR Mike Dudley also could care less about whats going on over there he has been tolled countless times about the lack of curriculum over there and chooses to do nothing.


gary8878

Posted on : August 12, 2012

I went to the Branford location and was EXTREMELY lucky to get a job 1 week after graduation. I did graduate top in the class and the school did help. Just in the right place a right time. Local company called looking for an apprentice, I was picked, got the job, and still working for them. Porter and Chester's job placement is pretty poor otherwise. No one else I graduated with has found a job yet, I know many people who went there for Electrical and they too have had a hard time. I was lucky but unfortunately I wouldn't even rely on the school to find you a job, better off looking yourself.


newbie09

Posted on : August 12, 2012

When I began this course on orientation day the "main director" of the school campus says and I quote: "We are hear to help you succeed, we are not hear to help you fail" Haven't seen them live up to this quote yet! It's all just show business....


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