September 9 — With the sudden closure of ITT Technical Institutes nationwide, Richland Community College is ready to recruit misplaced students.
The for-profit college system ceased operations nationwide after the U.S. Department of Education cut off access to federal financial aid for new students. About 40,000 students and 8,000 employees are without a job. Richland ITT Career Development Specialist Rob Kerr says they can be a good landing spot for some of those students.
“We have many quality courses and programs that were offered at ITT,” Kerr says. “We are asking those students to stop by and see how we can help them during this time.”
Richland has programs like Networking Technology, Desktop Support, Machine Repair, Mechanical Systems Specialty, and many more technical opportunities. Kerr says there are options for students to join fall late start classes in the next few weeks. There are also some opportunities to join fall classes already in progress.
“Students will find our campus is friendly, state of the art, and our faculty is outstanding at what they do. We have been monitoring this situation closely and we understand what the students need to stay on track.”
Richland will host three special events next week to help ITT students learn what Richland can offer them. The events are on September 12 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. in the Mueller Student Center.
More information about Richland’s technical programs can be found here.