Help available for ITT Tech students

By Carrie Hodousek in News
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Community and Technical College System will hold an event Tuesday in Huntington for former students at ITT Technical Institute after the college announced it will shutdown nationwide.

The event will be held at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students at ITT Tech in Huntington will have an opportunity to explore their educational options during the event. Representatives from BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Mountwest Community and Technical College and Huntington Junior College will be on-site to discuss what students can do to continue their education.

The closure is impacting hundreds of West Virginia students, according to Sarah Tucker, chancellor of the WVCTCS.

“They put their faith and trust in an institution and they have completely in the lurch,” Tucker told MetroNews “Talkline” host Hoppy Kercheval after last week’s announcement.

“It’s very difficult to talk to a student and tell them that the past year that they’ve spent going to college is a loss,” she added.

Tucker said students, at this point, have two options.

“They can transfer their academic credit to another institution or they can seek a discharge of their federal loan. They cannot do both,” she said.

A statewide policy, Tucker said, is in place where students can transfer credits to another institution if the courses are 70 percent aligned. In addition, WVCTCS has several resources and general tests they give students to assess their prior learning.

It’s an issue, not just West Virginia students are dealing with, but also the entire country, Tucker said.

“My understanding is that they (ITT) enrolled approximately 35,000 students,” she said.

In West Virginia, Tucker said ITT students were enrolled at the Huntington campus and took online courses in other states.