Anonymous
map-marker Barrie, Ontario

They’re coming after me for money

In 2017, I signed up for a course that stated multiple times that you wouldnt have to pay the school (if you even want to call it that) anything until you completed your course. I never received any books (that were supposedly going to be mailed out to me) or responses when Id try to email them or call them.

I also never attended any classes due to being forced from my home and becoming homeless for a short amount of time. Even now, in 2024, theyre STILL calling me demanding tuition money.

Every time I block their number, they call back with a different one. Ive even gone through with ordering a cease and desist but they ignored it and still contact me

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User's recommendation: DO NOT attempt to study at this “school”

Steven S Avv

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Lack of Information Led to Debt

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Unaccredited but selling as though they are accredited. Once you sign up there is no grace period to quit, once you sign the dotted line and realize the course is useless due to a lack of accreditation, they will still chase after you for money.

These people prey on poor people looking to advance their skills but the result is plenty of people ending up in debt for something that is literally useless.

If they were honest during their sales call, then, when they realize people are dissatisfied after a short period of time they should provide a refund since their sales department fails to disclose some important facts. The fact they don't leans more towards scam than a business/school.

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Loss:
$465
Pros:
  • No pros
Cons:
  • Entire school is a con

Preferred solution: Full refund

User's recommendation: Dont bother with an unaccredited school as it's a waste of money and time.

Stefanie A Jww

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I was locked out

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After making my second payment I was locked out of the program. I was not able to access my courses for 6 weeks and was ignored by the staff . I went and found a different college. Now they have sent me to collections for non payment . I guess they expect you to pay even if you can not get into your account. All they do is ruin your credit. Hows that helping a person out. From what I saw its sub standard learning that really looks worse than not going on a resume.
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Loss:
$60
Cons:
  • Were rude
  • Less than helpful and not really even a school

Preferred solution: Them to take me out of collections because I did not attend this .

User's recommendation: Don’t do it. Go find a real school that will teach you .

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Inaki Ahf

U should of turned them in to the better business bureau!

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Free GED classes at your local community college

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I teach at two community colleges in Illinois and they offer free GED classes. I am taking the Stratford vet assistant course for fun. I don't plan to switch careers, so I don't care about accreditation. But please don't waste your money on their high school course. Look into your local community college for GED classes.
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Anonymous
map-marker Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE

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So disrespectful and dishonest. Upon further research it seems there are countless bad reviews. They only care about money not students. Certainly not education.
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Preferred solution: doesn't matter I am not going

Marjorie L Mzl

Never Went There

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I asked for information regarding taking classes, and there was no end to the communication I received. I spoke with the school on several occasions letting them know that I would not be attending due to my doctors saying I had 3 strokes and 2 heart attacks. Nonetheless, they are showing on my credit report. SCAM BEWARE!
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Pros:
  • Have been sued by the ftc
Cons:
  • Are scammers

Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution

User's recommendation: DO NOT ASK FOR INFORMATION OR YOU WILL BECOME A STUDENT INSTANTLY!

2 comments
The M Iqz

You gave them your credit card information. You can fight it

The M Iqz

lol some of you all reviews are not making no sense. First of all did you show proof?

If you have shown proof and they see it real and check on it they can not charge you. That is law

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lacy b
map-marker Vernal, Utah

Bad service

I went to pay off my debt with this company, and they told me that I had 2. When I told them that I never signed up for 1 of the courses she said yes you did. You did it online. When she told me the date I told her I was at another school at that time so why would I be doing their school also. i told her that it needed to be taken off, and she told me she could not do it unless I prove that it wasn't me, I told her to prove it was me, and she said that there was an online agreement made, so it had to be me. I told her there was no way it was me she said I would have to try to fight it if I could.
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Preferred solution: this course taken off and not make me pay for a course I didn't sign up for

User's recommendation: DO NOT GO THROUGH THIS SCHOOL

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The M Iqz

Did you read your contract? I am reading the reviews and I am asking myself.

This school is big. If they was scams why is the goverment not shut them down?

You sign and gave them your credit card information. That is how they got you.

Anonymous
map-marker Grand Rapids, Michigan

Medical Transcription

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the tests are supposedly open book but I just took an exam that I studied hard for and flunked with a 10%. I have never in any course I ever took, gotten that bad a score. I took this institute's bookkeeping course and received an honor's certificate so I'm clearly not stupid.
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User's recommendation: Don't use this program. They aren't all bad, just this one.

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Guest

I am surprised that medical transcription programs are still being offered given that the field is completely dead. I say this as a former transcriptionist (first medical followed by legal) who worked in the field for 26 years.

The M Iqz
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Thank you.

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Vanessa R Sgc

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Overpriced and extremely disappointing

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I am currently on my 2nd course through SCI. The first, Veterinary Assistant, was disappointing, but still informative. This 2nd one on the other hand is a pathetic joke... Video Game Design. Original price for the course was $1000. Thankfully I am getting it at a discounted price, but even then it is still OVERPRICED for the amount of content. There are 3 modules with 2 textbooks and NO additional instruction. The textbooks are well written, but do little to "teach" the subject. Additionally the cost of the textbooks is only about $50. The "course" is just read the textbooks and answer exam questions that are almost all nearly direct quotes from the books with multiple choice answers. I am only 1 month in after my sign up date and am already on the 3rd and final module. I have spent more time waiting for materials to arrive than actually on the course. This is one "course" that should be removed, drastically redesigned, or priced significantly lower. Not a happy customer!
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Cons:
  • Overpriced
  • Contact options do not work
  • Lack of contact options

Preferred solution: Price reduction

User's recommendation: AVOID!

Pam D Ypc

Ordered 50.00 swaetshirt it hasnt arrived.pd by credit card

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Paid with credit card..bought sweatshirt hasn't arrived.
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Pros:
  • U can take test 2nd time

Preferred solution: When will stuff I ordered and paid for arrive?

User's recommendation: Make sure your time limit is what u expected on order.

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Guest

Their merchandise is made and shipped by Cafe Press, they are the ones you should contact about your sweatshirt.

Anonymous
map-marker Horseheads, New York

I have been taking the creative writing course. It went well for the first t

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wo modules. It went down hill from there. I can not get any responses from anyone.
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Jamie Q

Not a real school

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Lied- not an accredited school, not a real certification. I wasted almost 2 years of my life and money on this fraud bs. Id like a full refund but Im betting thatll never happen because the whole program is a scam
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Loss:
$900
Cons:
  • Scam
  • Not accredited
  • Fraud

Preferred solution: Full refund

User's recommendation: Don’t waste your time or money

1 comment
Helder Rbt

Funny reaction. Did you learn anything?

As for me I have been in IT for over 20 years.

Is it more reasonable for me to claim I know what I know? Or to say I not only know it, but I can pass a course that says I do?

Pam D Ypc

Ordered 50.00 swaetshirt it hasnt arrived.pd by credit card

Not receiving sweatshirt I paid for by credit card....a couple weeks ago.Shocked I ordered a sweatshirt a couple good weeks ago it cost him $50 I paid with credit card I was told it would be here by now and still haven't received it.
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Loss:
$50
Pros:
  • U can take test 2nd time
Cons:
  • Not enough people working long wait times

Preferred solution: Deliver product or service ordered

Anonymous
map-marker Austin, Texas

Never received my diploma

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I finished the pharmacy technician program back in 2004 and I never received my diploma so I could take the exam to get licensed. My spouse paid the program in full and when I complained they said that I never existed in their program. This school is SCAM! run and save your money. Sign up for a local community college or a real school.
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Anonymous
map-marker Chicago, Illinois

Great Vocational Training School

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I give Stratford Career Institute a 5 star rating. I graduated in 2002. I'm proud of my Psychology/Social Work Diploma. I always wanted education past High School, and it happened. I eventually want additional training from Stratford Career Institute.
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Pros:
  • Books
  • Interesting and up to date reading materials
  • Care and dedication of insructors
Cons:
  • Not accredited institution
moe c Wbo
map-marker Scarborough, Ontario

Good customer service

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very intelligent instructor got everything on time even before I [paid full amount I received my diplomat as soon as I paid my last payment it was good experience as im not educated and English my 3rd language even the diplomat help me with my new supervisor job thanks stratford
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Good customer service

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