State agencies, colleges teaming up to help ITT students

(Photo Supplied/ITT Tech)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): State agencies across Indiana are teaming up to assist former ITT Technical students and employees.

Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers, Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun, Department of Veteran Affairs Director Jim Brown and representatives from Indiana colleges held a press conference Tuesday morning.

During the press conference, leaders outlined efforts to assist students and employees effected by the ITT closure.

“After the abrupt closure of ITT Technical Institute, I directed the Commission for Higher Education and the Department of Workforce Development to work together to help the students now displaced from their education programs,” said Governor Pence. “I’m proud to say that our agencies took swift action and have partnered with five Indiana colleges to help ensure these students have opportunities to continue their studies.

Leaders from Ivy Tech Community College, WGU Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University, Harrison College and Oakland City University have partnered with state agencies to help the students.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has information posted on its homepage to help former ITT students learn about options and Ivy Tech is hosting events for ITT students. At the events, students can meet with other college representatives.

The first event will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis campus. More details are available on Ivy Tech’s website.

On Friday, Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to request that the VA reinstates the GI Bill benefits to veterans who used their benefits at ITT Technical Tech.

Rapid Response teams are reaching out to former ITT employees to connect them with employment opportunities.

Below are the different resources for ITT students.

Resources for Students

  • “Visit www.che.in.gov to access all resources and information in one location.
  • Transcripts: Students who have been affected by the ITT closure may access unofficial transcripts and records through ITT’s website and should submit a formal request for their official transcript through the Indiana Archives and Records Administration.
  • Loan Forgiveness: Some ITT students may be eligible to have their federal loans discharged. Students should go directly to the US Department of Education website to learn about eligibility and steps required to apply for a closed-school loan discharge.
  • Adult Scholarships and Resources: For adult learners, Indiana’s You Can. Go Back. initiative provides $1,000 scholarships and a college-match app to help adult Hoosiers find the right program for their unique needs and aspirations. Learn more at YouCanGoBack.org.
  • Learn More Indiana: Students should explore their options carefully before deciding to enroll and invest in a postsecondary program. There are many resources available to help Hoosiers make the best decisions aligned to their personal goals, financial situations and scheduling needs. LearnMoreIndiana.org is a State-sponsored online resource for Hoosier students to learn about different college programs and potential return on investment one, five and ten years after graduating.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here