PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Wednesday was the day ITT Technical Institute was supposed to re-open after a long holiday weekend. However, that wasn’t the case after an email was sent out to students at 7:07 a.m. Tuesday.
“I got word a few hours ago school was supposedly closing,” student Patrick Richards said.
Even though ITT made the announcement last week that the school was no longer accepting new students, Richards says he never expected this.
“I’m just really concerned right now. What’s gonna happen with my loans?” Richards said.
So is Cassie Suchecek. She is also concerned about her credits.
“Even if I transfer to another school, I’m probably not gonna be able to start third quarter until at least January because their classes are already started,” student Cassie Suchecek said.
“I would start with the attorney general. We can certainly do our best to audit and track any state money that went to these entities, but the Attorney General’s Office would be the one with legal authority to crack down,” Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said.
ITT announced Tuesday morning that it shut down more than 100 campuses across multiple states leaving thousands of students and employees searching for answers.
Pittsburgh Technical College in Oakdale is trying to make this transition easier for everyone.
“We’ve already had conversations with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as well as a representative from a local ITT campus letting them know we’re here to help the students in any way that we can do,” President of Pittsburgh Technical College Greg Defeo said.
That includes transferring credits over.
“Here we will do everything possible to make sure we give them credit for anything they’ve taken that corresponds to our curriculum,” Defeo said.
As of Tuesday morning, Defeo said Pittsburgh Technical College already received a handful of calls from ITT students.