Bridgemont Community College whats good or bad
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#1 May 30, 2011
I would like to know about Bridgemont Community College and what people have to say about it from the past year; good or bad.
#2 May 30, 2011
Their enrollment figures are padded.
#5 Jun 1, 2011
I agree, Bridgemont is a good choice. I feel more like a student and not a number like they treat students at other places. I remember the financial aid dept at Tech being so difficult, but I was able to get all my information and questions answered in one day. The teachers at Bridgemont are also down-to-Earth, and they don't behave like they are "above their students" when having a discussion.
#6 Jun 1, 2011
I do like the faculty and staff. They truly are a lot more friendly and helpful than the staff at Tech.
But I wonder about the experience of some of the instructors. A lot of them just graduated college with a bachelor's degree. At a 4 year school like Tech, the teachers would have graduate degrees. I don't know if someone with just a bachelor degree would be allowed.
If you're just looking to get a degree at Bridgemont, you're good. But be aware a lot of their credits won't transfer to 4 year colleges. Their 1 hour courses, especially BAHM ones, are just specific to that school. If you graduated and then transferred to Tech, it would probably take longer than 2 more years to graduate. They don't have any 2+2 agreements anymore.
Also, everyone seems to be getting into the medical assistant field. You need to research for yourself about that job market. Yes there's jobs for it and they do pay nicely, but the market is flooded with medical assistants. Think how many are graduating, then think how many jobs there will be around here.
The same thing with the printing degrees...paper media is dying. Book production and newspaper business is dying.
Why are they still offering degrees in those things?
In 20 years there will be no newspapers and I'm sure most books will be replaced by something like a Kindle.
#8 Jun 1, 2011
Really, just an associates?
I thought it was weird they hired an instructor who had graduated Tech the year prior. No teaching experience whatsoever. That's not enough education/training to get a job in elementary school these days, but she got on a college staff?
I'm not saying it's a horrible thing. I'm sure Bridgemont's budget has been weird since they divorced Tech. They probably don't have the budget to hire more qualified people.
I agree so much about the BAHM thing. I just know girls who are getting into the medical assisting reading the statistics the school provides. That there's a huge market for it, and they pay a lot. There are statistics that say that.
But search for medical assistants within 50 miles of Charleston on a job site (I have). You'll find 2 or 3 openings that start at like $12/hour. That's better than minimum wage, but people just need to be realistic. You're not gonna be living on easy street with that degree. It will take hard work to get the degree, pay for it, find a position, and work your way up the pay scale.
And if you think you can just transfer to Tech or Marshall and already have two years of college...you don't. I think you have to take psychology, sociology, 2 English classes and a biology class. So that's...16 hours? Of the BAHM degree.
*That's* what will be transferred if you ever move on to another school.
What's sad is girls who think they can go from that into Tech nursing. Tech nursing requires more biology, chemistry, algebra, psychology, and all sorts of things.
May help you if you find a job as a medical assistant but it will not help you earn any other degree than a BAHM Bridgemont one.
#11 Jun 2, 2011
Here is my opinion and from what I've also heard from other classmates:
- Beth Cercone is the best option as a math instructor. She is down to Earth.
- Pam Lopez will fly through examples. She instructs as though we know her thought process. She also will speak to us like we are in grade school.
- Suzette Breeden is a good instructor also. Also is down to Earth.
- Gene Petry is your best bet! If he is an option, chose him! He is very animated, and keeps the lectures from becoming boring. His comments on papers are very useful.
- Heather Riser would not be my choice. If she is teaching online, DO NOT TAKE HER! She obviously isn't tech-savvy. I wish she would provide a rubric of how she came up with our scores. Instead, you get some random score she seems to pop off the top of her head. I also see no point in her comments on papers, because she scribbles. She even laughs about being sloppy. She's also running late and misses quite often because either she is sick, her daughter is sick, or she needs extra vacation days. Of course she'll lie and give some other excuse, but she's not a very good one.
- Mary Pack teaches all the English 090s. If you need this course, then you'll take her.
- Christina Johnson teachers all biology. However, this is a good thing because she is a wonderful instructor. She won't put up with bull sh*t though, so don't test her!
- Michele Kindell is ..... awkward... that's all...
- Tammy Dearing is the best!!! Hilarious and a wonderful educator!!!
- Kelly Grose seems to be coming out of her shell, but she will still "bust your balls" on tedious matters.
- Connie Fox tells wonderful and interesting stories, but her lectures aren't that useful and can get annoying.
- Kathy Leftwich is a wonderful lecturer. She has many life experiences to go along with the material. However, her testing is killer. She normally requires a big paper at the end of her classes.
- Jason Cheek is also a wonderful choice. He doesn't have the experiences that Mrs. Leftwich has, but he still makes it interesting. His testing is much more student-friendly. However, his online courses require A LOT of writing. If you have the option, take his regular classes because there is much less writing involved.
- Lisa Swartz: Well, she's the only psychology teacher, so if you have to take it, then you'll have her. She very nice and very friendly, but can become mundane at times.
Anyway, these are just my opinions and opinions I've heard other students say. Your opinions may completely differ from mine.
#12 Jun 9, 2011
Ha ha to "Bridgemont Girl"! I think Mrs Fox is a wonderful instructor and is not borning! You have to be a young student to be making that comment! I learned a lot from her and she is wonderful.
Yes Mrs Gross will bust your balls but she has high expectations!
Some of the office staff could be better!
#13 Jun 9, 2011
I don't see anywhere that I said Mrs. Fox was boring. Also, that was a blatant remark of ageism. What if I said "you must be old because ........" Let's keep prejudice remarks off here. This is the same thinking as to why there are federal guideline prohibiting employers from discriminating against older individuals based on their age. This is same type of thinking.
By following what you have said, as people get older, the feeling of being bored or finding things boring diminishes. I highly doubt this is true. I'm sure people of all ages find various things boring. I'm sure there are many people, of all ages, that may find Mrs. Fox boring. However, I'm sure there are many people, of all ages, that find her fun. Therefore, one can not base someone's age on what he or she finds boring.
#14 Jun 18, 2011
Bridgemont is not that great speaking from personal exprience the college is concerned more on something instead of the education,and turtoring that some of the students need. Their web site is apalling, this is conment from several students. I have been told this not reckmend the school. The colleges are the last step to students becoming the adults to work in the world. Its time they were held acountable for the lack eduation that is being given to the students. Stop taking the money and not teaching. Start teaching and be proud of the work you do for the money.
#16 Jun 30, 2011
Everything that bridgemont girl said is absolutely true...the best teachers(based on experience) are without a doubt TAMMY DEARING and GENE PETRY are the best teachers I have seen at Bridgemont, Mrs Cercone is a great teacher as well, Mrs. Leftwhich is a good teacher too but she could do without the comments sometimes! I have never had Ms Riser but i have never heard anything good about her classes. Mrs. fox is a wonderful teacher in some classes. Boring no but calm old fashioned yes. I agree kelly grose is coming out of shell due to Tammy Dearing..or maybe she just fell off her high horse...but she still bust your balls to the max, she will break you down, and turn you inside out also..Not only does she have the highest expectations, she is a perfectionist... sometimes i think she forgets where some of these students come from, or where their at.. Its a community college not grad school. I think she could be a much better teacher if it wasnt so obvious she is trying to climb the ladder...she seems to push certain students away, or give some much harder times than others. Students that really know her have probably had good and bad experiences with her.. you either love her or hate her. Ashley Ince was also a good teacher. a lot of the kids do need tutoring and the best tutor there is Georgie Ferrell and she is only one person and im sure she is worked to the bone. I will say the BAHM and Business Tech teachers make you work your ass off for anything you get from them, they do not care to fail you, you cant coast on attendance or kissin ass, they help who try to help themselves. But them 2 dept are also very hard departments to graduate from. The school needs some work, and i believe with the right people they can get it. Bridgemont is not the best and it probably isnt the worst. I agree every school has the good, bad and ugly in every aspect, so there is no duckin and dodging certain ones. For some you get what you put into it, if thats nothing...well then you get nothing. Ilike Bridgemont, but I wish I would have chose one Tammy Dearing's business majors, because Kelly Grose is 2 handfuls and then some..come to Bridgemont try it a semester, if you don't like it transfer before you have something to lose.
#17 Jun 30, 2011
I think they are all amazing teachers!
#18 Jul 10, 2011
Its great that u think that! people have a difference of opinion just like they have different learning style from the next student! What you may love about them all, the next student may hate. its jus an opinion! It doesnt matter whose ass you kiss none of them on going to pass you unless YOU make the grades.
#20 Jul 11, 2011
Yes if you are who i think you are, your mom works there so that is why you would say this. they do discriminate, by ass kissers, just look at who is/was always in certain ppls office all the time.
#23 Jul 24, 2011
hold on, I said ass kissers, because some of the students are just that, now if you are talking about the staff..I don't know nor do I care! But i will say just because you are in your teachers office a lot doesnt make you an ass kisser. None of the students kiss Tammy Dearing's ass and she kept an office full of students at all times, unless she told them to leave or if she had class. so you should be a little more specific. And yes they do discriminate, all of them but one.
#24 Aug 1, 2011
Isn't there a couple of teachers in the Business Department by the names of Crist and Davis? I haven't heard anything about either of them. Are they good teachers?
#25 Aug 1, 2011
Mrs Crist is the best! I had her at Riverside HS and she is just wonderful. Mrs Fox is great as well.
#26 Aug 2, 2011
Mrs. Crist and Ms. Davis are both great teachers..I had both of them in high school as well! they are new that maybe why no one has mentioned them.
#27 Aug 2, 2011
thanks, I'm thinking of taking a couple of classes and Crist teaches Records Management; has anyone taken this class?
#28 Aug 2, 2011
Yes, it is a easy class. She helps you so much. You will like it.
#29 Aug 14, 2011
Avoid here. Their head people are some of the dirtiest and ignorant people ever.
Example 1: A friend was ready to enroll into one of their programs on their fabulous SOuth CHarleston campus. Welp, after making plans and moving near there... they up and decide to not open it. Actually, Fire Marshall shut it down. Looks to me like sorry planning.
Example 2: They are in the process of remodeling their main building...IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEMESTER. This means that we will have to be moving into a new classroom every few weeks. Of course, this also means that we may be considered tardy if we can't find it. Nevermind the structure needed in the classroom.
Example 3: They hired someone with a doctorate by their name. Because they want to bring more people with doctorates, they make one of their other professors give up his nice office and put him in an office with mold and mildew in the ceiling, even though he's been there for several years.
Example 4: At their last registration, they put the testing room in the same room with the waiting area and housing area. THose poor students had to test with all that ramble and noise going on.
Example 5: You will go there and be required to learn about 10 different username and passwords. Even after you learn your email password, they will reset it at random times just to keep you frustrated.
Example 6: It seems like every semester, they will cancel a class I am taking...but never tell me. I end up getting a phone call from financial aid, but then I'm forced to pay a late fee because I was told during the week where they add those.
In other words, I would find an alternative. Go on to Tech, go to school in Charleston or Beckley..
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