CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – Former ITT Technical Institute students are scrambling for ways to earn their degrees after company leaders announced Tuesday they’re permanently closing their schools.
The move affects 35,000 students and 8,000 employees across the country.
In central Indiana: 300 full-time ITT Tech. workers are out of a job and 85 part-timers, according to Employ Indy.
A national webinar for ITT students will address their questions and concerns on Wednesday.
To watch and participate in the webinar, click here.
David Anthony studied drafting and design at ITT for a year and a half.
“I’m stressed. Depressed. I’m a lot of things right now,” Anthony said.
He drove to the Shadeland Avenue ITT campus looking for answers. Instead, he found a locked door and a dark, empty room.
“Right now, I just feel like they left us hanging out to dry,” he said.
Company leaders said Tuesday that ITT is focused on helping students move forward. Both the company’s Indianapolis campuses, however, were closed all day.
ITT told students about the decision in an email Tuesday morning.
“My word to ITT is, out of fairness, at least you can call us students and contact us—not by email—and let us know. Where do we go from here?” Anthony said.
U.S. Secretary of Education John King released a statement saying some ITT students can have their federal loan debt wiped away. He’s directing students to a Department of Education webpage aimed at helping former ITT students.
King also said some students can transfer credits to other schools.
Anthony said he called one school and an employee told him they won’t take his credits.
“I came too far to not complete it,” Anthony said. “I’m just hoping I don’t have to start over from the beginning.”
ITT Tech. has been the subject of government probes for years over recruitment tactics, lending practices and job placement figures.
The company’s accrediting agency said in April that ITT wasn’t complying with accrediting standards.
Last month, the D.O.E. banned ITT from enrolling students who use federal aid.
Anthony said he’s blindsided by the move. He would have graduated from ITT in about one year.
“It’s a pretty hurtful situation we’re in right now,” he said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of upset people.”
ITT declined a request for an interview with 24-Hour News 8.
The company provided the following information in an email to students.
How do I see my grades?
You may access your academic record via the Student Portal by clicking this link. Please use your student email and network password to login. We expect to have all grades for the June 2016 quarter updated by Friday, September 9th.
How do I obtain a copy of my official transcript?
You may request a copy of your official transcript via the Student Portal by clicking this link. Please use your student email and network password to login. Graduates may also request an official transcript via the Alumni website by clicking this link.
Will my credits transfer to another institution?
As always, the decision to accept transfer credits is up to the receiving institution. You may view a list of other schools that have entered into articulation agreements with the ITT Technical Institutes at www.itt-tech.edu/articulation. Additionally, we have compiled a list of schools in your area that offer similar programs of study, as well as some institutions offering similar programs online, which you may want to contact. See the following question for a list of schools.
Are there any schools in my area with similar programs of study?
Click here to download a list of schools in your area with programs of study similar to those offered by your school, as well as some institutions offering similar programs online.
When is the last day my campus will be open?
While your campus will be closing immediately at the end of the June quarter, we will continue to provide resources to assist you in obtaining your transcript and other records. Please check the Student Portal by clicking this link for updated information from us about the issues covered in this notice and other important matters. In the near term, you may also email StudentQuestions@itt-tech.edu with questions.
In the future, after the Student Portal is no longer accessible, how do I obtain a copy of my records?
After your campus has closed and the Student Portal is no longer accessible, you will be able to obtain your records and other key contact information at www.itt-tech.edu. This site will house links to request your transcript, education verification, and other information.
Will I have to repay my student loans?
It may be possible for you to discharge your federal student loans and not have to repay them under certain circumstances. For more information about this, please click here.