As a student, but a very experienced student because I had been shooting quite a while and working for newspapers as a photographer, with one year at the the technical school photography program in Daytona Beach, I had an employer who had recently finished his masters at Rochester. This fellow could probably make developer out of a can of coke and refined dirt, I mean he had learned all the formulas and many ingredients. He had studied color--had a complete understanding of the color wheel. Definitely more knowledgeable about light than Ansel Adams (because he said so). He hired me to do the general shooting for instructional slides and the scut-work printing in the darkroom, plus keeping all the chemicals fresh.
The guy only came into the darkroom for a couple of projects, say a portrait of the dean of the nursing school, who was his boss. And he was meticulous. He must have done 20 test strips to get the exact shade of gray or black before he began to print seriously.
When left to myself to print, I used a light meter with a density head, my own property, made an 8x10 or 5x7 basic flimsy print, studied it for a minute, then printed the full-size print, burning or dodging as my eye suggested. Kodak had a couple of very informative guides and exposure wheels that I also used. Then I read or studied for a while and gave him the print when I had consumed enough time that he felt I followed his lead in producing superior work.
I was hired for a semester, but I had interviewed for a photo job with the Dept of the Army a couple of months after I started. They wanted me to start right away, but I had to give the school two weeks notice. The guy with the Masters was taken aback. "You are going to a job that pays as much as I'm getting, that can't be right."
Daytona State College still teaches photography, the credit is transferred to the University of Central Florida where they offer a B. S. degree and a MFA in Digital media.