No. Per the 24-Month STEM OPT rule that became effective on May 9, 2016, employers may only sponsor their employees. No employer-employee relationship will exist between LHPU and the trainees enrolled in the course. The trainees will not be considered employees, interns, or volunteers. Thus, neither LHPES, LHPU, nor its affiliates are permitted to provide FEINs or E-Verify numbers, or to sponsor STEM OPT for trainees enrolled in LHPU.
LHPU grads have been placed in a large variety of roles based on their existing experiences paired with the training. Some of those roles include embedded software engineer, electronic controls engineer, calibration engineer, test engineer, vehicle systems design engineer, vehicle systems integration engineer, application engineer, functional safety engineer, and ADAS engineer.
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LHPU offers a pro-rated fee to anyone who leaves the course early. Half of the quoted course fee is still owed if a trainee exits anywhere between the first and third week of training. After the half-way mark, the trainee owes a pro-rated fee based on the number of weeks attended. So, if 4 weeks were completed the pro-rated fee is based on 4 of 6 weeks of training.
Our refund policy on deposits states: This one-time deposit will only be refunded if a trainee withdraws from the course 7 days prior to the start of the training. The trainee must inform LHPU of withdrawal in writing by emailing email@example.com. If a trainee receives an offer within 7 days of the course starting, then a refund will be given upon “proof of offer.”
When you graduate from an LHPU course, you are considered family in our alumni group. Whether it is attending our alumni events or additional placement assistance in the future, LHPU is here for you like family. We value the opportunity to help you grow in any way we can, even after your course completion.
LHPU does not provide accommodations. However, we do have associates and strong alumni bases in both the Pontiac and Columbus locations to help you find affordable options for short-term stays while attending training. For 2020 training in Columbus, we have an option two blocks from the training facility that will accommodate up to four trainees. This is first come, first served once a deposit is made for the course. A housing deposit is required for this option, but the remaining “rent” can be added to your contract amount.
Currently, LHPU does not provide full training modules online. One of the key features that attracts potential employers to our alumni is the fact that the training is hands-on, mimicking a 9-5 employment scenario. Being at a training facility allows you to work cooperatively as a team with other engineers from varying backgrounds — an important soft skill in the workplace.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for this. LHPU has had trainees hired during the training course, within days after the training course ends, and for some, it takes much longer for a job opportunity to present itself. It all depends on an individual’s motivation in their job search, having a stellar resume, building your interviewing skills, and being ready when opportunity knocks. Understandably, current job markets also affect the timeline of a job offer. Approximately 91% of alumni find employment within 1 year after course completion, and LHPU has helped over 450 of our alumni find jobs.