University, colleges offer to help ITT Tech students continue education

DENTON -- Several colleges have reached out to help qualified ITT Technical Institute students finish pursuing their education without interruption after all campuses closed across the nation this week.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

At UNT, some undergraduate degree programs are designed to accept 45 or more transfer hours/credits from technical programs, the university said on Thursday.

"To begin classes this fall, qualified students will receive individualized attention and will be walked through the enrollment process," the school, based in Denton, said.

If you're an ITT Tech student and you're interested in enrolling at UNT, call Myra Hafer at (940) 369-8044 or email unt.transfer@unt.edu.

Those who want to attend in the future can go to an open house on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at UNT's new campus in Frisco.

TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE

"For the more than 500 students impacted by the closing of ITT Technical Institute in Arlington, TX, hope for successful completion of their studies and a smooth transition to the workforce is not lost, thanks to Tarrant County College. 

Recognizing the concern about transferability of their earned credits, TCC is hosting an education fair for former ITT students, which will include free transcript reviews and advising appointments, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. It will be held in the Fusion Auditorium of the Center for Excellence in Energy Technology on South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, 76119. 

ITT faculty are also encouraged to attend the education fair to learn about teaching opportunities at TCC.

While some ITT credits may not transfer, TCC is committed to helping affected students make a cost- and time-efficient transition so they may complete their studies and get into the workforce quickly.  Students may have time to enroll in the second eight-weeks of the fall semester.

'We have always and will always be deeply committed to student retention and student success, because we know that education is the strongest bridge to self-sufficiency and a thriving economy,” said Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D., chancellor of Tarrant County College. “Our job is to help these students transfer into our programs as seamlessly as possible.'

One of the 20 largest institutions of higher education in the United States, TCC offers approximately 70 Career and Technical Education programs – more than ITT or other for-profit trade schools – at a cost of only $59 per credit hour."

DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

"Following the closing of all ITT Technical Institute campuses across the country this week, the Dallas County Community College District is offering to help former Dallas-area ITT students explore what path they take next – whether they can transfer credits or finish a degree – and also learn more about their federal financial aid options.

The district has compiled and placed information for former ITT Tech students at www.dcccd.edu/ITT. The page contains a list of people from each of DCCCD’s seven colleges who can help them with their questions and possible transition to the district."

RICHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

"Richland College has scheduled information sessions for former ITT Technical Institute students and others who had been considering ITT Tech for their education. The sessions will take place Sept. 12 and 13 at both 6 and 7:30 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room SH117, on the Richland College campus.

Richland College offers flex term classes that start throughout the fall semester and last fewer weeks than the traditional 16-week semester, an option that may appeal to many ITT Tech students accustomed to shorter class terms. There are currently many flex term classes still available for the fall 2016 semester. Richland College also offers many of the associate degree technical programs that were offered by ITT Tech.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. Anyone interested in attending the information sessions or exploring their educational options can visit richlandcollege.edu/itt-students."

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Last week the Associated Press reported the U.S. Department of Education banned the for-profit college chain from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid.

North Texas campuses included DeSoto, Arlington and Richardson. Students were visibly upset when they heard the news.

ITT Tech has been ordered to pay $152 million within 30 days to cover student refunds and liabilities. About 8,000 people will be laid off.

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