THE ABRUPT CLOSING OF ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE CAMPUSES
NATIONWIDE HAS MANY STUDENTS TRANSFERRING THEIR CREDITS
TO OTHER SCHOOLS.
BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THE STUDENTS WHOSE CREDITS DON'T
KXLY'S ALYSSA DONOVAN IS ON THE SKYDECK.
ALYSSA A STUDENT REACHED OUT TO US - BECAUSE HE'S
HAVING THAT VERY PROBLEM.
NOT ONLY DO HIS CREDITS NOT TRANSFER TO ANY LOCAL
THE VETERAN DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME LEFT ON HIS G-
I BILL TO START OVER AND EARN A FULL DEGREE.
AND HE WAS ONLY 5 CREDITS AWAY FROM GRADUATING FROM
HE SPENT 8 YEARS SERVING OUR COUNTRY...
THEN DECIDED TO START A FAMILY AND USE HIS G-I BILL
TO FURTHER HIS EDUCATION....
I started at ITT before I was even out of the military.
BUT THIS WEEK....ADAM NEWMAN'S FUTURE PLANS WERE ABRUPTLY
On Wednesday morning at 4 o'clock in the morning I
received an email from ITT tech saying 'sorry we will
not be having September quarter we are closing everywhere.'
I-T-T TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED THE CLOSINGS WERE
DUE TO GOVERNMENT SANCTIONS.
AND FOR NEWMAN.
THE STARTLING NEWS KEPT COMING...
Later in the day I got a letter from the VA saying
you have no more benefits because you are not currently
enrolled in school because there is no school that
you are attending.
TO CONTINUE RECEIVING FULL BENEFITS FROM HIS G-I BILL.
INCLUDING MONEY FOR HOUSING HIS FAMILY.
NEWMAN NEEDED TO GET ENROLLED IN ANOTHER UNIVERSITY.
I am enrolling in SCC right now and they are working
with me because enrollment is closed for fall quarter
for everybody else.
ITT Tech students they are kind of just making it
NONE OF HIS CREDITS TRANSFER.
TO SCC OR ANY OTHER SCHOOL IN THE AREA.
Everybody is saying you have 2 options get your loans
repaid or transfer your credits.
Well what about the 3rd option where I don't have
that option, I don't have either of those options.
SO FOR NOW...AFTER MORE THAN A YEAR AND A HALF WORKING
TOWARDS A DRAFTING AND DESIGN DEGREE....NEWMAN IS
I was 5 classes away from my degree at ITT Tech.
ABD NEWMAN'S G-I BILL WILL RUN OUT BEFORE HE'S DONE.
I have 18 months left of my GI bill not enough to
get a 2 year degree though.
WHICH MEANS RIGHT NOW.
NEWMAN ISN'T EVEN SURE WHAT HE'S WORKING TOWARDS.
My dream of a degree is basically over.
ITT Tech took that away from me.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF VETERANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
DEALING WITH THIS SAME SITUATIONLAWMAKERS IN HOUSTON
ARE PUSHING FOR LEGISLATION TO HELP VETERANS AFFECTED
BY THE CLOSURE AND TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING
TO OTHER VETERANS IN THE FUTURE.