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ECC looking to be new academic home for former ITT students

Erie Community College is offering to assist students who were displaced by the closing this week of ITT Technical Institute in Getzville.

ECC officials said they will offer admissions help to former ITT students who are looking to continue their studies through ECC programs that are similar to the ones they were enrolled in.

ITT’s campus at 2295 Millersport Highway was one of the 137 for-profit campuses nationwide that were shut down, as the federal government moved to curtail the company’s access to millions of dollars in federal loans and grants, a critical source of revenue.

Last month, the U.S. Education Department told ITT Educational Services it could not enroll new students who rely on federal loans and grants, award raises, pay bonuses or make severance payments to its executives without government approval. ITT’s Getzville campus had fewer than 300 students.

ECC’s fall semester began Aug. 24, but college officials said admissions staff at all three ECC campuses can direct former ITT students through the process of enrolling and transferring their ITT credits, as well as financial aid.

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we at ECC are ready and willing to assist these students in any way we can,” said ECC President Jack F. Quinn Jr. “Our college community specializes in helping those across the region start, restart and redirect their education. And though this might qualify as a redirection, we certainly have the programs to keep former ITT enrollees on the right career path.”

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