Courtesy of the Education Cartel

From this morning’s on-line funny papers (aka Craigslist):


WE HAVE AM/PM AND YES YES WEEKENDS CLASSES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pharmacy techs, CNAs and such used to be jobs where you trained on the job.

Perfect for allied health care students. When they graduated, there’d be more to take their place, which was fine; I liked to call these jobs “permanent temporary jobs.”

I wonder if the potential student knows that the job they’re paying to train for pays a whopping $12 an hour…or less???? Not livable wage and there is a very very high turnover in jobs like these.

Hospitals in my area and in my state are not hiring. They are closing or in limbo; quite a few of them are up for sale, or looking for buyers. One is in a “sanctuary town” — the town is filled with Mexicans. (and the state just gave another big monetary chunk to that hospital; they got 100 million a few years ago to keep the place open and alive)

So you throw money into the hat, as usual —- and no job guaranteed. There is “job placement service” — they promise you the world and in the end you’ve taken a handful of worthless courses and no job. AND no doubt a school loan to pay off.

And so it goes with the education cartel. You pays your money and you takes your chance, as somebody famous once said.

9 thoughts on “Courtesy of the Education Cartel”

  1. For what it’s worth, the pharmacy tech program in my area is a certificate program of 12 credits that one does in a single semester, and is NOT eligible for financial aid. If you qualify for in-state tuition, it costs about $1500 plus the cost of texts. One of the courses is “pharmacy math” that most people should be able to test out of, but then I probably overestimate most people. Even if you have the classes, you still have to do a 500 hour internship in my state to be certified.

    Another thing to consider is that a lot of pharmacists are being replaced by pill-counting machines and pre-packaged drugs. The pill-counting machines are a good deal. They run about $100K and if you can eliminate 4 pharmacists with it (one per shift, think Medco or Experess Scripts or any mail-order pharmacy), you’re at least $250K ahead the first year, and $350K every year after that.

    One day, pharmacists will say, “Thank the FDA for controlled substances!”, because they are the only drugs that have to be counted by hand UNLESS they are in a unit issue pack that is unopened. People like me who get 20 tablets of Vicodin will be their bread and butter. I wound up not taking it.

    And the DEA wonders why there are pill mills and “pain control centers”.

  2. This is crazy.

    Any kind of a job that they can make money from they will.

    As always, whatever careeer you are considering: the first place to go is your Sunday daily’s want ads or an on line want ad; see how many jobs that are available right now for the job you are interested in. If there are no ads chances are the field is pretty dry or is drying up; nobody’s hiring; why waste your money and time?

    Also find out how much it pays right now. See if the squeeze is worth the juice.

  3. They rely on two things: for employers to want “employment-ready” employees and for people to want to avoid saying, “Want fries with that?”

    I’d love to know their hourly tuition rate. I bet that it is at least double the in-state rate for Colorado.

    A lot of jobs aren’t advertised. I had a plumber install a standpipe and vent for my washer a couple of weeks ago, and one of his old employees saw his truck and asked for a job. I later learned that this guy had been in jail for six or so months because the plumber’s son had just quit as a deputy at the county jail.

  4. Ironically I was offered a CNA job (they called it that)a few years ago at $10hour. Part of the duties was changing diapers and that I will not do unless I had to (I’m talking adults). Most of these jobs are really unskilled jobs that one could learn on the job like mentioned.

    Ok why is one of the jobs PR? I’m assuming they mean public relations which requires a bachelor or arts degree and more and more are requiring a MA. Having worked in that field myself it is EXTREMELY HARD field to make money in. Because it is a glamourous field.

    But yep hospitals are closing or not hiring. I have a friend who took a class in medical transcription though I warned her not to and 5 years later is still finding it hard. I told her most of these jobs are going overseas or done from freelancers.

    The fact is there aren’t jobs in most fields now. Most of the ads I see are for sales jobs or driving jobs. Rarely anything else though I am starting to see training and marketing jobs.

  5. I don’t see PR burt I see CPR — and you can take that course anywhere: hospitals, adult schools, etc — and a nominal fee is charged.

    I looked at that website. No prices are listed for any of the courses. I can imagine how much of a steep fee is charged.

    It’s scary how people buy into the education route. And these shitty shitty proprietary schools are popping up everywhere — nursing courses through a proprietary school? that’s scary enough. And I can imagine what kind of aptitude these students have.

    And the trend is toward a BSN. Not a 2 year program or a 3 year nursing school. And certainly not a proprietary school’s program.

    “Nursing shortage” is still being screamed. Really — is this why no hospitals in our area is hiring? And even if they do, it’s for per diem and night shifts; the choice 7-3 full time shifts are not being offered.

  6. They’ve been wanting BSNs for thirty years. This is not a recent trend.

    Nursing is shift work, and it takes a while to build enough seniority to get the day shift, which is what people want to work. It is not unreasonable that hospitals want to hire on a per diem basis to fill in for the regular staff. It takes an additional full-time equivalent position to allow people to have their normal time off (presuming that they get vacation and sick leave) . When I was staffing 12-hour shifts that ran around the clock, the normal planning number is 1680 hours per year, even though people were required to work all holidays for which they were scheduled. One got double time on holidays, 10% shift differential for nights and 25% for working on Sundays. There were 8740 hours per year that were required to be worked, so we needed 5 full-time equivalent positions to cover the job even with people working holidays.

    Working nights is foul beyond my ability to describe it, and there is a high washout rate.

  7. Working nights is not for everyone.

    I did it for nearly a year, then went to another shift.

    And I know of cops and other professionals that simply could not hack the night shift. One guy left his job because of it; he couldn’t take rotating shifts.

  8. Dude, my pc was acting up and now I show it as CPR. I thought that was a weird program to be offering in medical classes. I took CPR certification at my last job and it’s relatively easy to get, many places offer it free or cheap.

  9. The price per course is not mentioned on their website. The person who gets the phone will not reveal the price, either.

    So it has to be a pretty penny.

    What makes me especially sick: our state uses that school as an approved facility for people who are looking for job retraining! Holy merde….I thought our state was BROKE! No wonder we don’t have any money left over for a lot of anything.

    Pump it into this moneypit. And don’t get me started on that.

    These proprietary schools are popping up on every corner, it seems. And it seems they have no problem getting a state mandate or whatever it is to open shop and keep it open.

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