The main reason the ex students of these schools are so biased against such a program is because they dont get jobs afterwards as a result of the economy. They pay the money, get the training, and then are left out in the dust with no job. Ive done a little research on other forums dating back a few years (2000-2004) and found that 50% or more of the students/forum members went on to railroad jobs immediatley after and overall gave positive feedback. Then the negativity towards these schools grew more and more as the years grew closer to today. Any forum dating 2008-2009 was a complete bash against any railroad training classes but specificaly targeting NARS. Fault of there own these people payed for their job training, interviews and opportunities with BNSF as the company started laying off their employees by the thousands! NO, NARS should not have held these classes during the recession nor offerd these people interviews as they meant nothing. I do beleive its is a case of false advertising there. But as the economy may be turning the other way, and I remain unemployed, this may be a good opportunity for me and this school as the job rate and the railroad industry may soon pick back up.
Id say 70% of all forums dating within the past few years were posted by railbuffs despirate to get into the rail industry as freight traffic grew weeker and weeker. They should have looked at the bigger picture and saved their money then. From what Ive been told, this class starting tomorrow is a small group and should get far much more done with thier time. In my mind any student will get more out of their education in a smaller group then with a chaotic group of fifty.
You people shouldnt be so negative towards any educational training right now. I bet I wouldnt get a job managing a paper comapany after succesfully graduating a 6th week buisiness coarse ither. its just been a rough few years for everyone.