Displaced ITT Students Getting Some Help

by Brooke Rogers, CBS11

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The doors at ITT Technical Institute are now officially closed, two days after the school announced it was shutting down nationwide.

Now the news that other North Texas schools will take the displaced students is bringing little relief.

Rephaelen Samuel was just 12 weeks away from completing her nursing degree from ITT’s Breckinridge School of Nursing. Now that diploma is in the distance.

Several North Texas colleges and universities have said they would like to enroll ITT students from the three campuses here. They include University of North Texas, Dallas County Community College District, Tarrant County College and Richland College. But it’s more complicated than that.

“We’re going to need much funding to make sure this happens,” Samuel says. “We are going to need student’s accounts and financial aid to be unfrozen. We’re going to need a lot of options and a lot of help and more than just colleges opening their doors to help us.”

ITT was a for-profit tech school that was sparring with the U.S. Department of Education over its accreditation and accounting practices. Now both the federal government and the Texas Board of Nursing will have to help these students move forward – with credits and financial aid intact.

“And we have to make sure that we also have access to documents such as transcripts, which we do not have any access to right now,” Samuel says.

“We have had no advocate for us that is being able to present us with different opportunities in order to proceed on with our education at this point,” says fellow nursing student Wendy Johnson. “That’s been the most disappointing.”

A Board of Nursing spokesperson says an educational consultant is assigned to the ITT students but that it’s early in the process. These students just want someone to help them fight.

“It’s a huge stumbling block, but I know with the right people it can all be taken care of,” Johnson says.

The Texas Workforce Commission is collaborating to provide resources for the displaced ITT students. Students may contact TWC at 866.256.6333.

ITT has made this statement regarding student degrees and records: “At this time, Credentials, Inc. would serve as the third-party custodian of electronic copies of all permanent academic records for ITT students. ITT has a plan in place to expeditiously and efficiently transfer all permanent academic electronic records to Credentials, Inc. (in the event that was deemed appropriate). Students (and/or other authorized constituents) could request access to their records through a self-service portal and would have options to receive electronic or paper copies of their transcripts. ITT has also developed plans to use Iron Mountain as a vendor for converting paper records into an electronic format for transfer to Credentials, Inc., where they will be accessible to students through the self-service portal.”

For more information from ITT, please contact Nicole Elam, ITT Educational Services, at 317.706.9200

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