Tim Krezman

Staff Writer

Many former ITT Tech students from across the country were left dazed and confused after their school suddenly closed in September. Now they just need a direction to turn. Lorain County Community College hopes it can fill the void.

ITT Technical Institute unexpectedly announced that it was closing all of its 130 locations throughout 39 states, including Ohio, on Sept. 6. This came shortly the announcement that ITT Tech could not enroll any new students who would rely on federal loans, along with many other federal sanctions.

LCCC has started the “ITT Path to LCCC” to draw in former ITT Tech students and make their transition easier. According to Cynthia Kushner, LCCC’s Director of Marketing and Outreach Initiatives, about 95 percent of ITT student inquiries have been about the nursing program. Incoming students are able to take a course the second eight weeks of this semester, and individualized plans should be in place by January.

“They are now working around some of those wrap-around services that we think are going to be needed to fill some gaps that they may have missed at ITT,” Kushner said. “So we want to make sure we are moving them along and making forward progress.”

“We want to maintain the integrity and quality of our nursing program, which is why the wrap-around courses are so important,” said Carrie Delaney from Enrollment, Financial, and Career Services.

Delaney also said that most of the credits are able to transfer. “They are able to transfer except for the psychology. We will have what we are calling boot-camps for some areas that need a little more lift as well as some bridge courses,” Delaney continued.

170 people attended the in-person information sessions that were held. 45 people registered for the webinar information session, which was only for potential nursing students.