Archive for August 2nd, 2009
Well, an interesting news article surfaced that just bristled Magnus’* fur and didn’t bode that well for my attitude either.
Today, a news story surfaced about a one Trina Thompson who has just recently graduated (in April 2009) from Monroe College in the Bronx with a degree in Information Technology. Monroe is basically one of those local private colleges that offers an array of degrees in business, IT, criminal justice, and the like. Private colleges in general are known for very high tuitions and high pressure admissions.
Well, Thompson now feels some rather ill spirit towards her alma mater. Turns out she has elected to file a lawsuit in the Bronx Supreme Court for $70,000 to recoup the costs of her tuition. She maintains that Monroe didn’t help her enough in her job search and placement ambitions since she graduated in April (just four months ago) with her job search and feels that she should have gotten a good job in IT by now. She feels she’s now entitled to have her tuition refunded, since she’s not in solid employment.
Ms. Thompson is pathetic. And not just the normal pathetic, but the left-wing, social justice crying pathetic.
To think that it’s her college’s fault that she’s not hired in the IT industry is to do something that the left-wing does routinely – blame others for their own shortcomings.
1. First, just because you have a degree means that you are immediately employable. In today’s world, and particularly in Information Technology, the landscape is pretty barren. It’s tough to compete with just one thing in your dossier. To make it in IT, you have to have a degree in IT, be certified in current technology, be experienced in the systems that the company is using, be sharp, and a solid team player.
But the IT world is also flooded and has been for about the last 7-8 years. With all the “get-your-MCSE” mills and IT paper houses throughout the country, finding an IT professional worth their salt is not as easy as seeing a piece of paper. But somewhere along the line, Monroe convinced her that if she took a degree from there, she’d have a good job. I wonder if these people advertise on late late night TV.
2. Paying $70,000 for a private college education doesn’t demonstrate a fair amount of frugality and intellect. Not to put down Monroe, (I’m sure they are a decent enough school – they have to be to get accredited), but when I see the price tag, I only just shake my head at that. Turns out the IT program is 120 credit hours with 3CR classes in the upper division. Given that $70k price tag, I would surmise that Ms. Thompson stupidly paid upwards to $550 per credit hour for her degree. Not real smart.
3. The economy is still limping along, with an unemployment rate at 9.5% nationally and around 8.7% in New York State. I did a search, however and just on one employment website, I found over a thousand IT jobs posted. Granted those jobs are going to be pretty competitive, but my thinking is that Ms. Thompson is expecting that Monroe find her a job, rather than she finding a good job on her own. In other words, she doesn’t have a job since she graduated, so Monroe isn’t doing enough to get her employed. This is a red herring.
Ms. Thompson needs to stop listening to all the left-wing entitlement mentality missives and come join us in the real world. Colleges may educate, but mostly, the private ones are in the business to confer degrees – pull them in, push them through, get ‘em out again. Sometimes, you’ll encounter instructors that want and are able to teach students, but in my experiences, that’s not the college’s aim. These colleges are private companies, in the business to make money. That’s not a crime, but Ms. Thompson doesn’t get the idea that the school is not there to make sure she is able to get into the workforce. Ideally, the school is there to give her the education and the degree so she can go get the job on her own.
I am so sick of this entitlement mentality – that the world owes something because the person complaining feels like those who have succeeded need to bail out those who have not.
Sounds like something else…?
Perhaps she should go to work for the government or some social justice organization like ACORN, SEIU, or the like and do their computer systems (if she is good enough). She will fit right in – until they screw her over and she opts to sue.
*(yes, I finally named the iconic dog of The Rabid Conservative.)