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Wyotech Tech School - Pros and Cons

Updated on February 25, 2013

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.

The font I used here is called Scratched Car Paint

. . . you like? I thought it was appropriate.

This page was made by Linda Jo Martin, author of River Girl.

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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.)

  1. Good tech school education. Many former students are grateful for all they learned there.

  2. Decent, air-conditioned facilities in which to learn.

  3. 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.

  4. Help with job referrals and applications/resumés.

Wyotech - Cons - (Why you might not want to go there.)

  1. Very, very expensive - and you will probably end up owing money. Lots of it...

  2. 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.

  3. Some students are not seriously motivated to learn.

  4. Some students resent the dress code which prohibits long hair on men.

Wyotech grads building engines

Scholastic Engine Builder's Challenge
Scholastic Engine Builder's Challenge

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!

 

I'd love to know your opinions, pro or con, about Wyotech.

Your comments are welcome

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I graduated from the Laramie, WY Campus. Took Collision/Refinishing, Street Rod and Custom Fabrication, and Trim and upholstery. Total Cost after living expenses about $40,000 (and I worked full time). Then on top of it they wanted me to spend about another $25,000 on the Snap-On Tools and Sata Paint Guns... They do help with your Resume. The teachers are unbelievably knowledgeable! You get EXACTLY what you put in. I was a 3.8 GPA student and had prior training before, but there is SO much to learn in such a little amount of time. Can be very challenging if you don't know what the hell your doing. They have Career Fairs for the graduating students. They don't place you in a job because could you imagine just the Laramie Campus over 1,500 + students coming and going every 3 months. As for the uniforms and dress code (facial hair/ hair.) It called PROFESSIONALISM! They are pretty strict about their rules, but when you have other people paying that kind of money I didn't mind. Can't miss more than 25 hours of class per phase otherwise you REPHASE! Since I graduated, most of the good paying job require a uniform, and you don't want to look like a scrub. Questions Facebook me.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I graduated from the Laramie, WY Campus. Took Collision/Refinishing, Street Rod and Custom Fabrication, and Trim and upholstery. Total Cost after living expenses about $40,000 (and I worked full time). Then on top of it they wanted me to spend about another $25,000 on the Snap-On Tools and Sata Paint Guns... They do help with your Resume. The teachers are unbelievably knowledgeable! You get EXACTLY what you put in. I was a 3.8 GPA student and had prior training before, but there is SO much to learn in such a little amount of time. Can be very challenging if you don't know what the hell your doing. They have Career Fairs for the graduating students. They don't place you in a job because could you imagine just the Laramie Campus over 1,500 + students coming and going every 3 months. As for the uniforms and dress code (facial hair/ hair.) It called PROFESSIONALISM! They are pretty strict about their rules, but when you have other people paying that kind of money I didn't mind. Can't miss more than 25 hours of class per phase otherwise you REPHASE! Since I graduated, most of the good paying job require a uniform, and you don't want to look like a scrub. Questions Facebook me.

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    gotocollege 6 years ago

    Very good job

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    Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    Mike, I'll bet there are both good and bad instructors there. Also some students won't get along with certain teachers, and others will.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    are the instructors at wyotech a bunch of dumb asses like i was told.i want a good education

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    wyrm11268 8 years ago

    Wow, what a great idea for a lens. I really enjoyed it well done. 5* from me :-)

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    Great lens! This is a good school for kids wanting to get into this field. My daughter's ex-boyfriend attended there. Laramie is a neat small town. Wyoming is beautiful!