2710 Old Lebanon Rd Ste 218, Nashville, TN | Directions 3721436.169841 -86.666636
The school is good for teaching you drinks & mixing methods. The people who teach the classes know their stuff & most of them are cool. I took the class for two reasons; one being to learn bartending & the other, because of their "Job Placement". Both being equally important to me.
With that being said, I was satisfied with learning the skill, but their job placement is horrible and misrepresented. I was told in my initial interview that the "Job Placement Director" was "dedicated" in finding each student the job that was right for them. He said that 90 something percent (I can't remember exactly which, but it was over 90%) of the time, the placement director found the job that the student wanted.
This was complete false advertisement. After you finish the class, you meet with the "Job Placement Director" (Randy). You let him know what kind of job you want and he has to see your resume. Then he gives you the privilege of adding him as reference. He also gives you a username/password in order to gain access to their "exclusive" bartending jobs.
Their "exclusive" jobs are a joke. Not to mention, they're not exclusive at all. You can find the same jobs with a simple google search.
In conclusion, take the class if you want to learn the basics of bartending, but don't be sold (like me) in their representation that they will help you find a great job. They need to change the title of their "Job Placement Director", because doesn't fulfill that role. He simply lists jobs on their site that he snags from other public search engines and tells you to go apply. That's it. That's certainly not what I call "job placement".
Worth The Money – I paid $600 to take the course, I loved it and learned a lot. I got a phone call from placement about 3 weeks after I graduated to work one weekend, I stayed at that job for 5 months. I moved on to a better place and now make as much as $30 an hour on the weekends...worth the time & money!
Skeptical at First - Very Impressed and Happy In the End! – At first I was skeptical simply because I did not want to pay hard earned money on a program that I wasn't positive would develop useful/marketable skills. However, after taking the leap and enrolling I soon realized that the class sizes were not over crowded, the bar area for practice was very much like a real bar in an employment setting, the instructors were very knowledgeable, and the coursework was legit!
I say this because I actually was a bartender during my college days (roughly 9 years ago) and I still learned new skill in this course, which corrected methods that I was incorrectly taught back in the day. The school even allows current and past alumni to come in between 2pm-6pm Monday thru Friday to practice their skills learned.
As one of the posters stated, the school is very up front that taking the course doesn't guarantee employment - in fact it can't because state law forbids it; however, they do offer good job placement resources but it also takes one's own initiative to land a job.
SCAM SCAM SCAM – THEY DO NOT HELP ANYONE GET A JOB I STILL TALK TO TWO GIRLS WHO WENT THERE TOO AND THEY STILL HAVE NO JOBS TOO.
THINK ABOUT IT ONE PERSON DOES ALL THE JOB PLACEMENT FOR DOZENS OF GRADUATES EVERY WEEK.
WORTH EVERY PENNY! – Very few bars are going to hire someone right off the street with zero experience. You'll be lucky to find a spot as a barback without some kind of bar experience on your resumé. This is where the bartending school comes in. The school is highly respected here in town, and most bar/club managers in Nashville consider a bartending school diploma equivalent to "on the job experience" and will hire you. Now of course they do have to like you. You've gotta have personality, professionalism, etc. No one is going to just hand you a job simply because you attended the school. You still have to go through the interview process just like anybody else.
Which brings us to the job placement.... I'm convinced that the job placement supervisor over there knows every bar/club/restaurant employee in Nashville. The man has contacts all over town. I mean think about it, at least half the bartenders in town attended the bartending school at some point. Which means that every time someone quits, gets fired, opens a new bar, etc., he knows about it. Basically, if there's a job opening in town, it's going to be on their job placement site. Sure, it's true, they tell you about jobs that have been posted on craigslist or in the paper as well, but from my own personal experience, most of their listings come from their own contacts here in town.
They also teach you proper bartending technique and etiquette. Which is more important than one might realize. Like any skill, if you never learn the basics, you will develop bad habits. I've had nothing but success since I attended the school in '06. I've literally doubled my annual income, and I'm currently bartending in downtown Nashville.
waste of time and money – Their idea of job placement is giving you a list of places that have want ads on craigslist or in the paper. They dont place you anywhere, you just go out on your own and fill out applications and say you went to a bartending school and hope you land a job. the other review was probably written by a recruiter or owner. waste your money here and youll regret it.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Bartending school provides 40 hours of mixology instruction, beer and wine lessons; books and job placement available.
Awesome Opportunities! – I went to PBS when I first moved to Nashville. I graduated and job placement helped me get a job almost immediately. From the experience I got there, I went on to bartend at one of the high end steakhouses in town and made fabulous money, great friends and even better contacts. I have since moved from Nashville and have to admit I miss bartending in that wonderful little city. PBS made that happen for me.
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