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    michellet218 Posts: 51, Reputation: 0
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    May 25, 2008, 12:17 PM
    Anyone ever studied w/ Penn Foster or Stratford Career Institute?
    I'm a 23 year old fashion designer wannabe (read my other posts, please). I know how to draw, but am not that good at sewing. I'm currently taking a sewing class at a local fabric store (Hancock Fabrics) but it's not enough for me, because it's so short!! Wednesdays only for 5 weeks (1 day out the week).I like it because it's teaching me something, which is better than nothing, but that's all I can find right now. I was thinking for a long time whether going through Penn Foster or Stratford Career Institute, but I'm hearing a few bad things about them... Stratford especially. I know it's better to have hands on experience when it comes to sewing, but I think these schools can still teach me SOMETHING through books and online. But I keep looking at people's reviews from these schools and some have good stuff to say about them, and the other half doesn't. So that's making me skeptical of whether I should go through with it or not. I need someone's opinion that has been with these 2 schools, & other schools, too. What should I find out before I go through with it? WHAT SHOULD I ASK? How are they when it comes to payments or cancelling, shipping, or shipping costs, fee, and a lot of other stuff that I should know before I apply to these schools. If anyone knows from experience, or knows someone that been through them, PLEASE HELP A SISTA OUT! I will appreciate it!
    Ms. Michelle
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    SHM76 Posts: 11, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 6, 2008, 01:50 PM
    Hello Michelle,

    I appreciate your determination to advance in your chosen field. I think Penn Foster can help you a lot to achieve the quality training you desire. I know about the two schools you mentioned. I have studied with, and still studying with Penn Foster,( formerly known respectively, NACS, ICS, Harcourt Learning Direct, Thomson Education Direct). I have graduated as a Journalist, Legal Assistant, Private Investigator, as well as - a graduate of their General Law Enforcement program. I am currently studying Criminal Justice with Penn Foster.

    You've got nothing to lose by enrolling with Penn Foster. They provide quality training. Even though, Penn Foster is a bit expensive, the school do have a flexible affordable payment plans. You'll never regret your investment with Penn Foster. They'll teach you the most up-to-dates with hands-on training needed to enhance your capacity in your chosen field!

    As for Stratford, is still new a school. And they are trying to imitate Penn Foster. Although, I have never studied with them, but I did request for documentation about their courses - I realized that their curriculums aren't as rich and resourceful as those offered by Penn Foster.

    Having said the above, I think I'll leave you here to decide for yourself. Hope you'll find my input very useful in making a decision. Cheers!

    From a proud graduate of Penn Foster!
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    michellet218 Posts: 51, Reputation: 0
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    Sep 8, 2008, 05:12 AM
    That was very helpful information, thanks for that! It'll help me choose my decision more easily... and who knows? Maybe in a couple of years I might take the other school, too! Just to get a lot of experience. I appreciate it :D
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    SHM76 Posts: 11, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 14, 2008, 04:56 AM

    I am glad to know that the information I have provided in response to your question will help you in making a wise decision about these schools. Feel free, if you have other queries in this regard, to put it across.

    Cheers! And goodluck with your career!
    SHM76/Burkina Faso, West Africa

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