Help offered to stranded ITT Tech students
- September 14, 2016
The state government has launched an online portal offering students affected by the closure of ITT Technical Institute.
Meanwhile, Virginia Beach-based ECPI University has announced it will offer a “trial period” for eligible students displaced by the closure of the ITT Tech.
In a statement, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the state portal offers information about steps students can take to continue their education at other institutions or seek student loan forgiveness.
The ITT Tech’s nationwide closure shuttered Virginia five campuses — in Salem, Chantilly, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond.
The web portal, located at http://www.governor.virginia.gov/ITT offer,s a resource for students with questions about how to proceed in the wake of the ITT closure.
The governor said he has directed the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) to assist ITT students.
ECPI said former ITT Tech students meeting admissions and assessment requirements will be allowed to take classes at ECPI for two 5-week terms (10 weeks) before being considered for acceptance.
“ITT Tech students have been put in a serious predicament,” ECPI President Mark Dreyfus said in a statement.
“The U.S. Department of Education has advised former ITT students to not rush into a decision and review all options before continuing their education. ECPI University’s trial period allows them to do just that.”
ECPI has locations in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond, Roanoke and Manassas. The school has six more campuses in North Carolina and South Carolina. Online it has students in about 45 states.