SCC helps former ITT Tech students

Students want answers after the abrupt closure of all ITT Tech locations earlier this week. KREM 2 News reporter Alexa Block has more on how local community colleges are helping those left in the lurch. (9/8/16)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Students are looking for answers after all ITT Tech locations permanently closed.

Spokane Community College staff members are encouraging former ITT Tech students to reach out to them. They said there is a plan in place to make the transition from one school to another a bit smoother.

ITT Tech was one a place students could call to get help preparing for their future. Greg Short said he was blindsided by the news. He will not be able to finish his degree in electronics at the school. 

"The school was canceling all their federal funding including GI bills and Pell grants which is basically funding my education," Short explained.

Short, who served four and half years in the Marines, said he needed that financial aid. The for-profit technical college, was closed this week after the U.S. Department of Education banned the college from enrolling new students who use federal aid.

“I only have six months left until I graduate and now I'm not graduating,” said Short.

But, there could some help for students like Short. Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson said they are encouraging former ITT Tech to look at what they can offer.

“The option will be determined by the students programs of study and where they are," said Johnson.

She said students' transcripts and field of study will help determine what credits can be transferred and what is next for them.

“The big thing is the community college's foundation has established a scholarship of ten thousand dollars so that students who are interested in making that change to community college would have some assistance,” Johnson explained.

Some assistance is what Short said he really wants now.

"People are in my boat you know, we're almost out of funding and no degrees," said Short.



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