• Report:  #69114

Complaint Review: Olympia Career Training Institute - Grand Rapids Michigan

Reported By:
- portage, Michigan,

Olympia Career Training Institute
Great Lakes Area Grand Rapids, 49525 Michigan, U.S.A.
800-522 7014
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I had gone to O.C.T.I., a school for women who are either scared of college or otherwise would not go. The first program didn't train me well and let anyone graduate who would show up. I got a form that stated if I returned to them I would get a large discount. I decided to enroll for another program and they denied this discount, even though I had documentation. Worse, they increased the tuition by thousands after I had already started, charging me without informing me. They were so money-hungry that they were trying to squeeze as many students in as possible, some in trailers in the yard, and some with no classroom at all!

I admit there were some very good honest people and instructors there, but for the most part it is a very evil, wrong organization preying on vulnerable young women who think they could better themselves by attending O.C.T.I. They have commercials on every ten minutes designed to appeal to drunk retards with no self-esteem.

They paid their instructors almost nothing, so they had to settle for the worst, as told by an instructor named Laurrie!

She was the most despicable scandalous example of a human being. Harrassing students and other staff members to the point of suicide. One day she just walked out, and her students could not finish their program until a replacement was found. She and another instructor graded according to how she liked you, not on your scores. Financial aid could also be evil. Confusing all of us into paying mysterious fees on top of our huge loans, and would not explain why. O.C.T.I. is more expensive than Harvard.

I finally finished, way past my time, because I made enough stink and I guess a few kind souls felt sorry for me. I was also dating a lawyer.

Overall O.C.T.I. was like being in an old horror movie. Nothing makes sense and everywhere you turn is a whole new nightmare. If any way possible, go to a *real college. I mean a state-funded or established private college. Stay away from the Davenports, Career Development Centers, vocational schools and follow your gut.

I know I can't get my money back, I signed a contract.


rochester hills, Michigan

2 Updates & Rebuttals


already formally notified administration

#2Consumer Suggestion

Mon, June 25, 2007

Upon leaving the school Olympia Career Training Institute I had already submitted my formal complaint and given every detail in writing. I had gone to the deparment director and to her supervisor. The president was new at that time, I was told that he would be notified. I do not believe any action was taken to correct the issues I've presented. The instructor who was the worst example left one day and was never to be heard from again, I was told. She still threatened me, and my class with legal action if we said anything negative about her. The students in her class had to take the class over again, when it was next offered, delaying their graduation. As far as the financial department problems, at the time of being forced to pay extra fees not in the contract, I had presented my original contract stating the total cost, yet it was not honored.

Brian Barlow

Grand Rapids,
glad to address any concerns

#3UPDATE Employee

Mon, January 05, 2004

Olympia Grand Rapids appreciates hearing from customers and is glad to address any concerns. We have since had the opportunity to investigate the issues raised in the letter. Notwithstanding denial of merits of this complaint, we are available to meet with the student consumer and will be pleased to work together addressing and concerns they may have and come to an appropriate resolution. Thank you for bringing this matter to the school's attention. Please feel free to contact us if we may be of assistance. Interim President 800-522-7014

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