Displaced ITT Tech students offered help by dozens of schools, organizations

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Displaced ITT Tech students showed up at an event Wednesday that gathered schools and organizations to help them figure out what to do next.

More than 1,000 students were left high and dry when ITT Tech shut down earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Ivy Tech held an event on its campus for displaced students. It brought together almost a dozen Indiana colleges, along with financial and employment advisers and programs. It also offered help for employees of ITT Tech who were without jobs after the closure.

"Ivy Tech is part of the community, so we want to make sure we take care of the community that we serve," Julius Edwards, Director of the school's Transfer Center, said.

Oscar Carrera, who had expected to graduate from ITT Tech in the spring, showed up to figure out how to transfer.

"I just woke up to (an) email and it hit me, like, 'Oh my God, I was going to graduate," Carrera said. "That’s the major reason why I came, because I just don’t want to let that year go to waste."

Schools are offering different options, with some transferring more credits than others. WGU Indiana just announced $2,000 scholarships for students who qualify, and many schools are waiving application fees.

"None of their work is worthless or wasted and there’s great opportunities to continue and get your degree," Sharon Smith, with WGU Indiana, said.

Diane Taylor, who was working and getting her bachelor's degree, said she does not intend to give up, and encouraged fellow students to do the same.

"I just want to let my fellow students know that there is light at the end of the tunnel," Taylor said.

For more information about events like this and help if you are a displaced student, go to the link here.

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