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MassBay Community College to Offer Assistance to Displaced ITT Technical Institute Students
WELLESLEY HILLS (September 8, 2016) – In light of the sudden closing of all 137 ITT Technical Institute campuses, including two in Massachusetts, MassBay Community College is offering assistance and support to all affected students. These abrupt closures are dislodging more than 35,000 students from their programs nationwide, including hundreds here in the Commonwealth.
MassBay and the other 14 community colleges in the state are partnering with the U.S. Department of Education, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to assist these former ITT students.
“MassBay stands willing and ready to open our doors to former ITT Technical students to help them continue their education amid this unexpected closure,” said Dr. David Podell, president of MassBay Community College. “We are working to provide students with additional resources to help get them into classes and working toward the certificate or degree they need to advance their careers.”
“ITT’s closure has impacted hundreds of students in Massachusetts who are now trying to figure out what next steps to take,” Attorney General Maura Healey said. “We are pleased that community colleges like MassBay are stepping up to the plate by offering assistance, resources, and a location for displaced students to finish their degrees. Our office will remain focused on making sure that these students have the information they need to successfully move forward with their education.”
“I’m very glad that MassBay and community colleges throughout the Commonwealth are stepping up to help ITT students. The Education Department was right to put a stop to ITT's deceptive practices, and now it’s important that we help Massachusetts students who were victims of ITT’s fraud,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said. “MassBay is showing the way as they help ITT students navigate their options so that they can restart or finish their education, and I hope community colleges across the country will follow their lead.”
MassBay urges all displaced ITT students to contact the College’s Office of Admissions to be advised on your educational transition options. MassBay will also provide additional resources for displaced ITT students:
- Extended drop-in hours on the Wellesley Hills campus 8am – 7pm Monday – Thursday and 8am – 5pm Friday until September 23nd with dedicated staff to assist former ITT students
- Additional placement testing dates during the month of September
- Plans are underway to add courses beginning October 31st to support as many ITT Tech students as possible
- Application deadline has been extended for former ITT Tech students. Students who apply by September 30th could receive financial aid eligibility information before classes begin.
MassBay Community College offers day, evening and weekend classes for degree and certificate seeking students in the division of Business and Professional Development, Humanities, Health Sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students have the flexible option of attending class in-person, online or a combination of in-person and online to fit their schedules. Fall Start II classes begin Monday, September 19th and 8 Week 2 classes begin October 31st.
Displaced ITT Tech students looking to continue their education are encouraged to call or email the Office of Admissions at 781-239-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on MassBay; www.MassBay.edu.