ITT Tech students mull over other schooling options

After ITT Technical Institute closed its doors, ACC is seeing an influx of calls.

Thousands of students are scrambling to figure out what to do next after ITT Technical Institute decided it would close the doors of 130 campuses in 38 states, including its Austin location, Tuesday.

The move will affect more than 35,000 students studying information and electronics technology, drafting and design, business, nursing and health sciences. About 400 of those students are in Central Texas.

ITT's decision comes a week after the Department of Education decided the school could no longer enroll new students with federal aid.

ITT released a statement in regards to the decision that read: 

Effective today, the company has eliminated the positions of the overwhelming majority of our more than 8,000 employees. Our focus and priority with our remaining staff is on helping the tens of thousands of unexpectedly displaced students with their records and future educational options.

"We do have the ability to take students on in those areas," said Austin Community College Vice President of Instruction, Mike Midgley. 

In fact, some departments have already started getting phone calls from former ITT students.

"We have well over 41,000  students today, and so to absorb another 400 students - we have the capacity to do that," Midgley said.

The problem is ITT was not accredited by the same agency as ACC.  That means many of the student's credits won't transfer.

"We feel really badly as everyone does for the students that are caught in this," Midgley said.

While some credits won't transfer over, ACC said the students can enter the accelerated training program. 

That would allow them to quickly complete classes since they already have the knowledge.

Other Central Texas schools ITT students could consider include public schools like Texas A&M, Texas State University and the University of Texas. There are also private schools as well, but tuition costs can vary, according to a chart by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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