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Carrington College Student Deceived
Carrington College…the school that claims itself as the starting point for careers in healthcare but delivers only student loan debt and useless pieces of paper…eventually. This school may claim it provides high quality education to its students but former and current students would say that’s nothing but smoke and mirrors and that the students have been deceived. Enrollment officers using high pressure car salesman tactics, shady claims about accreditation and student deception are about all you’ll find at Carrington College as far as its students are concerned.
Former Carrington students have said they have been deceived by the schools claims that it provides quality education that will land them jobs in their field and that they misrepresented their degrees’ usefulness. Students were duped into believing the majority of their education funding would come from grants and scholarships only to find out that they are tens of thousands in debt with federal student loans and this turned out to be yet another myth Carrington College has put off like a true story.
Externships (work for free) may have been quite extensive but none of the placements will hire students once they have exited the programs as they have been improperly trained and employers indicate that students receiving diplomas from Carrington are not properly educated to work in their field of choice. While their website may claim the school provides quality education, students would tell you otherwise. What this means for students is that those large student loans they’ve taken out are a definite challenge to pay back on minimum wage jobs.
As far as accreditation is concerned, many in the programs have indicated they are unable to transfer credits to other programs and that employers don’t regard the school as accredited enough for their standards. Students in the Veterinary Technology and Assistant programs have indicated that while the program advertised that they would work on real patients, in reality they worked on dummies and never saw a real patient during their training programs. For Dental Hygiene and Assistant programs, graduates aren’t faring much better as dentist offices refuse to hire students who received diplomas at the school.
Many students indicated that when they discovered the school’s education had no real value attached to it, they attempted to further their studies with another school or transfer to a cheaper, accredited community college. This led them to the discovery that Carrington College credits just don’t transfer to any school they looked at. This leaves students in quite the predicament and with some rather difficult options. Students must either just write off their lost credits as a lesson learned and start their programs over again (if they haven’t maxed out their borrowing ability) or go work minimum wage jobs in unrelated fields and attempt to keep their heads above water and their loans out of default. A final option is to continue their education with Carrington knowing full well that the additional loans and degree aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
Many students who have completed the program indicated that even getting their diploma in hand was like navigating a maze and obstacle course in one. Students have had to call school officials to demand their diplomas for up to a year without result. Not that it seems to make much difference anyway. Those with diplomas in hand just aren’t being hired anyway.
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