Chattanooga State Works to Help Displaced ITT Students

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — ITT Technical Institute is closed.

The move earlier this week impacts hundreds of thousands of students, alumni, and employees across the country, including some here in Chattanooga.

Now Chattanooga State Community College wants to help the displaced students.

“Right here, coming up on the 12th. 11 weeks left, and that’s when I graduate,” one ITT student said.

But graduation for some of the displaced students is on hold, after the tech school closed its doors, Tuesday.

“Our directive from the dean was, we want to help these students,” one Chattanooga State professor said. “My interpretation of that is, we’re not going to be lenient, but we’re going to be fair, and that’s all we can be.”

Some ITT students visited Chattanooga State Friday to figure out what’s next.

No one would go on camera, but they tell News 12 they’re just ready to move on.

“There are still lots of unanswered questions,” said Nancy Patterson, Chattanooga State.

Even though the next term at Chatt State begins next month, Patterson believes January will be a realistic start date for any transfers.

“We’re going to have to work with each student one by one to make a path for their transfer, and we will,” Patterson said.

She says she’s sorry for the situation the students are in.

“My advice to them would be, stick with it,” she said. “We know that your college degree dreams can come true.”

An ITT spokeswoman released a statement, saying in part, “Our focus and priority right now is helping students with their records and identifying future educational options.  As we have done since the morning of September 6, we will continue to communicate directly to students via email, an internal student portal, and www.itt-tech.edu.”

Chattanooga State will be holding more information sessions for ITT Tech students next week.

They will be held in the Starnes Student Center, room 262.

Monday, Sept. 12, 5:30p.m., S-262
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 11a.m., S-262

 

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