Ok, I see a lot of threads asking about going to Wyotech or UTI. As a former student I will give you my honest opinion and instead of typing out a bunch of PMs or responding to individual posts I will just make a sticky for Wyotech
Most of the people who go talked to a recruiter obviously beforehand. What they tell you about stuff to do is a complete lie. There is NOTHING there to do if you are more of a city person and not an outdoor person. If you are an outdoor person there is plenty of hiking, skiing, paintballing, off road courses. If you are a city person like me your options are limited to going to Ft. Collins CO and Denver every weekend. Neither are very far so it isn't too bad. There is also no drag strip close by either. The closest one is Bandemiere(sp?) and that is a good 1.5 hours away.
Classes are pretty good and straight forward. I wasn't super mechanically inclined before I got there and by the end I was holding my own. They are very fast paced and also unlike most recruiters will tell you, there is about 40% of your time is spent in the classroom, not the "hardly ever" the recruiter says. The classroom stuff is important though especially if you are like me and didn't know a whole lot.
The girls there suck..............you really have to be careful because high school girls will cruise the tech dorms and look for dudes to hook up with and people have gotten in a lot of trouble for it. The whole town hates you as well, I would hate the techers if I were them too. Most of the kids there this is their 1st time away from home and come from podunk hick towns. They blast around everywhere making lots of noise and there are tons of accidents caused by techers and lots of alcohol related deaths as well due to techers. The university is ok and I still have some friends that were students at UW and its nice to go to their parties because there are actually girls.
Wyotech is very strict on their rules about you have to have your haircut a certain length at least and you have to be clean shaven. They check all that stuff sometimes depending on your instructor, they check every day. Attendance they are a bitch on as well. I had to go to the hospital when I smashed my thumb to pieces and I got deducted points for being absent
The weather sucks as well. Maybe 1 or 2 months out of the year its warm and a lot of them are bitter cold. I've never known a place to get so much freaking snow at once. Around thanksgiving time we got 2.5 ft in 1 night before I was about to fly home for the holiday. All the California people who aren't use to snow as well suck because they are all over the road.
The general student body is half and half between ricers and rednecks. You definitely have your import haters but generally most people there are pretty receptive to all cars. I think when I was there I saw about 7 nice cars and the rest were either broke down foxbodies and irocs or they were riced out civics or dsms. They were generally cool though and I keep in contact with a few of my good friends from there.
The instructors are cool as shit in general. Some of them have some great experience. One of the drivetrain instructors was a tech at Porsche for a number of years. Another guy Oli(sp?) is actually a supra nut so I spent some time BSing with him about supras. I loved the instructors there and I learned a lot from them.
Housing is a joke. Do not live in student housing because its like living in the slum. I made the mistake of living in the dorms and wtf there was mouse shit all over the place and looked so fucking run down. I was scared to walk on the carpet too. I would suggest living in an apartment. There is a big complex there, I forgot what exactly its called but most of the UW cheerleading team lived there and lots of hotties from the university so I felt more normal living there.
The important part............jobs. What they said was absolutley true! I got offers from all sorts of dealership and I graduated in 2003 and to this day I STILL am getting job offers. One guy in my class ended up going to work for Lamborghini and a few others went to work for BMW/Mercedes/Audi. The jobs are definitely there for a Wyotech graduate which in the end is the important part.
Overall I had a good experience. I would do it again and I made some awesome life time friends.