Wyotech Tech School - Pros and Cons
Is Wyotech a good deal?
Lots of prospective Wyotech students and their families want to know if Wyotech tech school is worth the money.
It costs a lot: About $20,000 for the automotive technology program. Housing is extra.
There are other programs including diesel technology, collision repair, upholstery, motorcycle technology, and marine. There are also specialties like auto service management, high performance powertrain, and light duty diesel.
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You can connect with me on Google Plus.I'm putting together this resource page for any student or parent out there who needs to find out more about Wyotech. Everything I learn about Wyotech will be posted to this page.
This lens was first published in June 2009 and some details may have changed since then. Please keep in mind that I wrote this as the parent of a prospective student and am not in any other way associated in an official capacity with this school. I was doing research on the school for my own purposes and decided to compile and share what I found on this web page.
A few personal observations about Wyotech Tech School
...my personal pros and cons...
I'm the mother of a teenager who enrolled at Wyotech. Within days his teacher started objecting because there were concerns that his special ed needs might not be met as nothing was written into the contract to guarantee them. He decided not to attend at this time, but may decide do so later. Right now he's going to go to the community college for a few semesters to learn better reading skills and take part in the much less expensive automotive training program there.
We still believe that Wyotech offers a good automotive tech training program for motivated students. There will always be some unhappy students -- either because they are just predisposed to complaining all the time, or because they can't abide by the rules and get in trouble because of it.
I've asked automotive business owners about Wyotech as a means of getting into the industry, and they all without exception told me Wyotech would be a good choice for my son. It seems there's plenty of support and respect for Wyotech amongst employers.
The main drawback is the fee, of course. It was much more than I could consider co-signing on at this time and I was told that until my son is 24 or married I'd be financially responsible for his education. This too played a big part in our change of heart. We had to cancel the contract because I couldn't put my signature to it.
I started doing all this research about Wyotech since my son really wanted to attend. Since I'd already gathered a lot of resources on the web, I decided to put what I'd learned on this lens for others who walk this path behind me.
Wyotech is on Twitter
You can find Wyotech on Twitter. There's an official account manned by more than one employee.
You can also find students twittering about Wyotech. It is the candid comments you might learn the most from.
Wyotech - Pros - (Why you might want to go there.)
Good tech school education. Many former students are grateful for all they learned there.
Decent, air-conditioned facilities in which to learn.
Former students say that you get from it what you put into it. Serious students will be able to learn and benefit from the program.
Help with job referrals and applications/resumÃ©s.
Wyotech - Cons - (Why you might not want to go there.)
Very, very expensive - and you will probably end up owing money. Lots of it...
Some students are unable to find jobs after leaving Wyotech. There's no guarantee of a job though many former Wyotech students have found good jobs and are working in the automotive field.
Some students are not seriously motivated to learn.
Some students resent the dress code which prohibits long hair on men.
Wyotech grads building engines
This is an Amazon video link to a movie showing teams of Wyotech automotive program grads competing in an engine building competition. Very impressive to see them using their new automotive tech skills!
Official Wyotech links
What other people say about Wyotech
- Thoughts about WyoTech? [Archive] - THE H.A.M.B. (Message Board)
Message board question: "I'm looking to get schooled and WyoTech is on the top of my list. Any grads here, or does anyone have opinions on the school and its fabrication/hot rodding programs?"
- Wyotech costs
These costs look high to me; we were charged $19,350.00 but housing and food are extra.
- Dragging At Wyotech (Blairesville, PA) - S-10 Forum
What some Wyotech students do in their spare time.
- WyoTech Reviews, Student Reviews of WyoTech, College Rankings for WyoTech
WyoTech reviews - both good and back.
- Wyotech West Sacramento, California - Mission Statement
- Honest,Educated Opinions Please; Wyotech\tradeschool
A request for honest, educated opinions about Wyotech.
- Rip-off Report: WyoTech outright FRAUD, deceptive recruitment, very poor quality education Laramie W
This Wyotech student didn't appreciate the education he paid for.
- WyoTech Students and Alumni | Facebook
Wyotech on Facebook
- Why Wyotech? | Ask Metafilter
Metafilter question: "Technical-School Filter: My son is really interested in attending Wyotech (as seen on Overhaulin') Generally, I think it would be a good move for him, and the school looks good...certainly better than any local technical school.
- What's your view on Wyotech - S-10 Forum
Message board question: "Ok here's the deal. Im setup for a local college but i honestly don't wana go. My buddie was talking about how hes going to wyotech in blairsville pa for high performance drivetrain. I wana go for collision repair and busines
- Wyotech vs UTI - TCCoA Forums
Message board question: "My nephew is heading out to Wyotech this weekend. My 2nd Daughter wants to go to Wyotech to learn how to fix and build cars. Her Guidance counselor is trying to steer her to UTI. Any informed opinions?"
- Should I go to UTI (Universal Technical Institute) or Wyo-tech? ..for performance mechanics schoolin
At first I was thinking Wyotech because of the . . .
- WyoTech? - Automotive Message Forums
Message board question: "Has anyone here gone to WyoTech? I am a senior in high school and cars are my passion. I was looking at WyoTech but I've heard mixed reviews on it. Any input would be much appreciated. Also does anyone know of any good school
The ethics of recruitment for tech schools like Wyotech
- National Association for College Admission Counseling
Laws, cases, history. None of the lawsuits cited in this article involved Wyotech, but there's plenty of information about what's allowed and what's not allowed.
- Effective and Ethical Recruitment of Vocational Education Students
ERIC Digest - What is ethical recruitment?
I'd love to know your opinions, pro or con, about Wyotech.