TCC opening classes to former ITT Tech students

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — After ITT Technical Institute locked its doors Tuesday, shutting out 559 local students, another college is stepping up to help those students get enrolled in similar courses.

ITT Tech on Tuesday announced that it would be shutting down its campuses in the wake of a federal financial aid sanctions. This shutdown includes the Norfolk ITT campus.

The Department of Education banned the for-profit college from enrolling students on federal financial aid.

TCC announced the outreach for ITT Tech students live on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.

The college says it is planning to offer a special information session to ITT Tech students on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at its Norfolk campus, in the Andrews Science Building at 315 Granby Street. Parking in the MacArthur Center North garage will be free for anyone attending.

TCC has set up a new website, a hotline — 757-822-1669 — and an email address — itt2tcc@tcc.edu  for ITT Tech students.

ITT Technical Institute college campus in Norfolk, Va. on September 6, 2016. Photo courtesy: Brandi Cummings
ITT Technical Institute college campus in Norfolk, Va. on September 6, 2016. Photo courtesy: Brandi Cummings

“Principally, we want ITT Tech students to know that they can find a home here at TCC and that we’re eager to help them,” said James Toscano, Vice President for Public Affairs & Communications at Tidewater Community College. “We’ll welcome them with open arms and we’re looking forward to working with them so they can get back on a path to a career they’re seeking or go on to a university.”

TCC’s eight and 12 week courses have not yet begun for the fall semester, so students have a chance to enroll without having to wait until spring to begin. While not every credit hour completed at ITT Tech will count toward credit at TCC, Toscano says this not a new idea.

“We’ve had ITT tech students successfully transfer in the past. This is not a new thing for us. And yes, we’ve had ITT Tech students calling us. We want them to contact us, we want them to come to our information session Saturday. We do want to hear from you.”

According to a news release:

“At the info session, TCC staff representing admission, financial aid and academic advising – as well as the Center for Military and Veterans Education and Center for Workforce Solutions – will be on hand to answer questions and talk to students about their goals, where they are in their programs, transferability of credits, and their financial aid status.”

According to TCC officials, a credit hour at their campus costs students $176.60 which is lower than the price listed on the ITT Tech website of $493 for a credit hour at the now closed school.

For more information on what to bring to the information session, visit the special website at tcc.edu/itt2tcc.

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