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New Horizons Computer Learning Center / Dishonest, fraudulent sales

1 Atlanta, GA, United States Review updated:

new horizon even post on craiglist to capture prospective students and sell their programs ranges from 3 week to 8 week, of which course load should at least take a semester to study and lab experience.
getting certified of several skills through their programs in 3 week sounded too good to be true.
I strongly advise those who wanted to be certified to do some research about any training school before
signing the contract and be taken in.

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  • Fl
      3rd of May, 2009
    -1 Votes

    Last summer, I sent my resume for a job ad on Career Builder that stated "entry-level IT position." I believe it said "training provided." It did not list the name of the company. A couple of days later I had a voicemail from someone who said they were calling in regards to my resume. When I called back, they answered the phone "New Horizons". I did not make the connection at first that this was a so-called training school. They transferred me to someone named "Joe". He tried to sell me on signing up for classes.

    When I said I was not interested in signing up for "Computer training classes" he became very rude. I said "I thought I was sending my resume for a job posting." He got really snotty and said "Well how do you expect to get a job in IT if you have no training?" I said "well if I did I would go to a community college or UCF." he then hung up on me. I think it was very dishonest to post an ad that appeared to be a job posting when it was in fact a ploy to get people to sign up for classes. If you live in the Orlando area please do not reply to an "entry-level IT job" ad. It's just a scam.

  • So
      15th of Jul, 2009
    +2 Votes

    Actually I'm looking for a job in the IT Technology Field. I have a BS in Computer Sciences.
    Yesterday I received a phone call by Brandon Peterson from New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Orlando regarding my resume for an opportunity in the IT Field, then He gave me an appointment for an Interview. I was very Happy, Until the Interview.

    He began telling me about what wonderful is that school, bla bla bla.
    later He saw my resume and said: you have a good BS degree and a good background and experience, but it's important to take advantage about the certifications, I said: well, actually I'm studying many certifications by myself, I have experience.

    After that, the job position disappear. He began to offer me many courses in that school, and try enroll me and offer me a loan for pay that.


    I drove for 40 miles for this!!! THIS IS VERY FRUSTRATING!!!

  • Cc
      3rd of Sep, 2009
    0 Votes

    I got a call from Don at New Horizon and it sounds like they want you to sign up and and get stuck with loans so they can make a commission and get paid... I originally submitted my resume that I sent on carrer builder for entry level IT jobs. All this sounds and most be a scam. Career builder should kick out new horizion out of their websites because they are missleading. Their ad says for entry-level IT jobs not school!!! I have an interview with Don in the morning. Guess what? I'm not showing up.
    Sorry Don !!! Don't fall for their scam!!!

  • St
      29th of Jan, 2010
    +1 Votes

    Why do they continue to receive moneys from the government under the WIA when they are not placing any students in jobs after the training?

  • Wh
      7th of May, 2010
    +1 Votes

    Oh my goodness I've been fighting for my money back for a year now. Someone else I know has been going on two. I left within the time they said I could get a refund, nothing! Why on earth would I pay for someone to read to me? My goodness even the front desk is unprofessional, as soon as I signed on they stated hanging up on me when I called for questions. If you see their logo anywhere run!

  • He
      17th of May, 2010
    0 Votes

    Thanks alot for the advice!!! I went to a new horizon in XXX, and they tried to get me for almost 30k!!! It was a 6 month program. I realized it take way longer then that to get just 1 msce certification. They almost had him!!! Its unreal, no real books or computers! How did this company make it this far. No one was in class, or in the parking lot. Big scam, I'm learn more on my on then they would have ever taught me!!! Less than 2k for books and lab materials.

  • On
      13th of Jul, 2010
    +2 Votes

    They are not teaching hands on material in this institution. They are just basically teaching you how to pass exams, mainly memorization without learning. The programs were already installed and all we did was follow the books directions without learning anything. I learned more studying by myself than the instructors taught me. Their job placements are a joke, they send your resume to only a few employers that are not even affiliated with New Horizons. I got a call back from two employers for interviews which i did not prepare myself for because I was expecting a job not an interview. Do not trust these people, they are only after your money. I basically gave up with their job placement that was suppose to be guaranteed. After I was done with the program, i reread the course material and other sources, mainly library books that was more imformative than their workbooks and I bought a brand new pc to implement Server to Client environment. It took awhile but I was able to learn alot doing things by myself and passed the exams. I've got 4 certifications and a renewed confidence in applying what i've learned. I wasn't picky with jobs, so i started with contractual jobs with IT angencies. These jobs were only two to three day projects for their clients. I've gain experience and confidence from doing these projects that led to a fulltime temp gig and eventually a full time position.(which I still have, going 4 yrs now, current date is 07/13/2010). Salary is 36k a year. Do not believe their hype of earning an income of 50-70k a year. Those salaries are for administrators who have 20 to 30 yrs experience and that started from the bottom and worked their way up.

    My Advice is stay away from this place. You are better off doing things by yourself by doing some research. Google is a great place to start. The library is also another source you could use. Also have the drive and attitude to not give up. And one more thing, be mentally prepared for some dissapointments and continue on. I was hired for my full time temp position after ten different interviews.

  • Ch
      27th of Sep, 2010
    -1 Votes

    I just interviewed with a guy in Durham, NC, who came off as a used-car salesman. High pressure, using buzzwords and stating a 98 percent placement percentage. He said the lowest paid person was at $52K, and the average was $88K.

    I asked questions about why I shouldn't go get 5 certs through NC State for $3500 instead of the 20K they were asking, and he said "no test passing guarantee", that NC State doesn't have "certified instructors" and that they didn't have the contacts that New Horizons does. Really? A state university is worse than someone I never heard of?

    I asked why they contacted me, and he said "You contacted us." No, I didn't. "You applied for a position with one of our clients who forwarded your resume." Likely I found one of the fake positions they post, and they contacted me back when I applied.

    This sounds just like ITT Tech, where my friend's family lost money on the two years of training that got him jack for a job.

  • Be
      16th of Dec, 2010
    -1 Votes

    I too just applied for a IT Help desk position and my resume was forwarded to New Horizons because my resume was missing the experinane and certifications...They called me and boy did it sound very good but I was kinda unsure why I was getting a call from them when I had applied some where else...In short I am glad I found this post so I do not make a bad investment in my career...Thanks Every one for your Input and info.

  • Ju
      27th of Jan, 2011
    0 Votes

    I am so shocked and devastated regarding my experience with New Horizons KC that i may be better off not sending this, however, i don't know why i should not send. Like they are going to do anything for me that was promised... I have much to say but too stunned. ... Fraud is one thing, but customer abuse is another. As i have been so enthusiastic for the training, i have done my best to overlook their questionable teaching methods, lack of professionalism, lack of knowledge, and even their abusive approach. Over the past year, i have invested a lot of time and money making the most of what they 'sold' me. I cannot fault the sales-guy, nor a couple of those that were able to impart knowledge. However, i would never recommend this place... I have been in the business many years, have several certifications and i have even taught certification courses.. . so, hey some of us want to learn, no matter what.. even at the expense of abuse? This is just wrong... Sorry for my outburst but i guess it happened for the last time for me this evening... New Horizons could obviously make more profit if they open up a subsidiary.. non-for-profit company.. to counsel those of us who have been so abused, devastated, bewildered.. wt? I am sad... the dirty rats... No photo at this time.. and perhaps my personal email address if this will allow.. or not.. hey.. my self-confidence.. etc.. i am shell shocked.. gun shy... what is up with that... okay... calm down. breath deep.. relax me..

  • Bu
      20th of Feb, 2011
    0 Votes

    I worked at New Horizons right after I had gotten out of the Navy. I didn't work there long, probably about a month or so. I left because of morals. They taught me to lie to people and pressure people. I knew it was a dishonest company when during their training session, they told us that they do sell computer based training disks. I asked how much the price is, they told me "the price is whatever amount of money you can get for them". There was no fixed price at all! The people working there would brag about how much they were able to scam large corporations for their training. All they cared about was the money. In all fairness, this was back in 1997, and it's possible things may have changed since then.

  • An
      24th of Mar, 2011
    0 Votes

    I would have to agree with pretty much everything stated above. I too applied for a job on that led to New Horizons in Indiana calling me and setting up an interview, which like everyone else led to a sales pitch. Since it was early in my career, I trusted what I was told and that having these certifications would help me and that I needed to have all these and that since I had some experience I should be able to complete them all in no time, while working full-time...NO POSSIBLE. The good staff has all quit, the night class offerings are getting farther and fewer between, all they do is read you the book and expect you to magically pass a test. I was over sold and under delivered and I'm the one out $10, 000. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.

  • Ex
      11th of Apr, 2011
    0 Votes

    I have been stuck with an outstanding loan that has $8, 000 left on it for classes that I never was able to receive. New Horizons was bought out by another company and they will not honor the contract. I have contacted the Assistant D.A., attorneys, elected officials and no one can help me. Why can't we institute a class action law suit against this company? There must be many more out there with the same situation as mine.

  • Sp
      5th of Jun, 2011
    0 Votes

    I too was conned into their "bait and switch" pitch about placing me with a Fortune 500 company. I was out $20, 000 however I was able to land a job. I did it on my own and the certifications they offer are more easily attained by buying the books and studying for them. It was a waste of money and time. I admit I was ignorant of the IT world and how to break into it. I filed bankruptcy and I believe the loan wasn't federally insured as it appears to have been discharged. That makes me extremely happy.

  • Ne
      8th of Jun, 2011
    0 Votes

    I too, was contacted by the New Horizon after applying for those entry level IT jobs I was also told that they had a 98% placement and that i should take 2 certifications. I don't need anyone reading to me the book. I can do that myself. It surely doesn't sound like their placement is good at all. I have an appointment to the those people at New Horizon in 2 weeks i am canceling after reading this site. They sound horrible.

  • Pl
      10th of Jun, 2011
    0 Votes

    Wow! This is something... I am in school with New Horizons now, Ive received 2 certs already and I have a mock interview next week. Most of the personnel there is unprofessional and disrespectful. I have had some good instructors thought but other than that I would NEVER recommend anyone to come here. They are so rude and the dont even speak to you once you've gotten enrolled. Oh well Ive got a graduation date on 9/30/11. Wish me luck! I wish I could have seen this review before I agreed to this. And yes they do lie about the amount of money you can make...

  • Wi
      23rd of Aug, 2011
    0 Votes

    Can anyone tell me what I should pay for A+ and Net+? I am shopping schools and considering what you've posted, but cost is a huge factor.

  • Iv
      2nd of May, 2012
    0 Votes

    This people are the biggest ripoff ever...

    I will Explain;

    1. You send them your resume because you saw a position posted by them for a job, and so they call you asking you to come in for an interview to discuss your skills and placement. Or another way they use to get you in is they search,,, and other services where you have posted your resume and so they tell u to come in for an Interview . Remember that this people are super convincing and often make you think that you are wrong and that they are there to hire you.

    2. You drive to New Horizon and when you get there and the interview starts very professional and everything but then they start offering you certifications in order to be eligible for a job. They start giving you prices of each certification and from there it is just lie after lie after lie. They tell you that once you take the certifications they will place you in a good job and that they are the top who knows what in the U.S and blah blah blah..

    3. The point is that they get you there making you think you will have a job interview when they will really sell you certifications. This is from what they make a living. each certification can range from $150.00$ and up and they always want to start you with like 3 certifications.

    4. Be careful this guys are SUPER CONVINCING AND WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. I left their offices and decided to decline on their Offer and they call me for weeks insisting to go and get certified so then they could find me a job.


  • Dm
      11th of Mar, 2013
    +2 Votes

    New Horizon is a scam their main goal is to get as much money out of you as possible. Remember you are deal with sales people there not job placers. I feel bad for all the out of work people the have ripped of and go on the hook for thousands. Try CBT nuggets very good training videos.

  • Ju
      10th of Apr, 2013
    0 Votes

    This company is bilking money from the government (our taxes) through unemployment education funds. They will sell their classes to anyone regardless of whether or not they have the background to take these classes. They actually sold their SQL classes to a MUSICIAN telling him he would do well with these classes. This man was so disillusioned and depressed due to this scam of a company. Do not use this company for educational purposes through unemployment funds.

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