Every year, at my tech center, we had a representative from a school called Baker College who told us how awesome their school was going to be for people like me. They fabricated a bunch of stuff about how 98% of their graduates have a job in their field of study, and how we could begin on day 1 taking tech classes there for our major, and how their institution is accredited so i could transfer my credits later. this appealed to everyone there because it made their school seem glamorous as opposed to everyone else in our graduating class who was going to a community college and basically "retake" high school after they graduated. in my naivety, i did little research into other colleges and jumped on the bandwagon.
I'm extremely unhappy here though. Most of my classes, i've realized, were really a means for the school to suck money out of me and giving me little in return. even the gen. ed. classes are severely under par here. my english classes taught me little to nothing about how to write. instead they pounded in APA formatting into my head for 2 semesters, and all we were graded on was our ability to format cover pages and cite sources correctly. of my IT classes, they're even worse yet. every single one of them ends up teaching "intro to programming" for the first half of the class again, and our test are all vocabulary and no practicality. My high school classes taught at a higher standard than these, and we had a programming challenge every single week to help mold our base knowledge, and give a better understanding to programming as a whole, which is how i believe a college-level class should be taught as well. I know the flipping syntax already, i know how to comment my code, and for god's sake you don't have to teach me how to save my projects to my flash drive, which was the topic of discussion for the past two weeks in my VB class. And to make matters even better, i found out the guy teaching the class has only been programming for 4 years himself.
I'm really disappointed in myself for not doing a little research before i signed those enrollment papers, because now it's not even about the crappy classes. I came to find out that the ability to transfer my credits to another college is zero. They're all about selling you a diploma, and the schools AND businesses around here know that. employers that see a degree from baker college don't even look twice before they move on to the next resume. I have, in every essence of the term, wasted the past 2 years of my life here. granted i'm only 19, but that is still really disappointing. the biggest challenge i have right now is figuring out where to go from here. I think the best thing for me to do is to go to a community college and get all of my gen eds out of the way where they'll be cheap and well taught. the college in question here IS regionally accredited and a whole lot cheaper than Baker, and after another year or so, i think i'll be ready to transfer elsewhere.
I suppose what i'm asking is why this is even allowed to happen? Baker College offers a whole slew of majors like nursing, business, computer science, auto mechanics, and a few others, and they offer up to a whopping Masters degree in business, but the ONLY thing they have accredited is up to their bachelors degree in business, and no others. i have nothing to show for the past 2 years of my life
I couldn't think of doing anything other than programming as a career and because of this bull i have to spend that much longer flipping burgers at Wendy's.