State Agencies, Colleges Combine Efforts to Help
At a press conference this morning, state agency leaders—including Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers, Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun, and Department of Veteran Affairs Director Jim Brown—joined representatives from Indiana colleges to outline efforts to assist the more than 1,000 students and 662 employees affected by the closure of ITT Technical Institute.
The Cabinet officials were joined by leaders from Ivy Tech Community College, WGU Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University, Harrison College and Oakland City University to share plans to protect the financial and academic welfare of the former ITT students.
“Hoosier students come first. In directing our agencies to lead this coalition, Governor Pence and I have ensured that a game plan exists to not only protect the interest of ITT students in Indiana, but to provide them all the information they will need to make the best possible decisions for their futures,” said Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb
Resources include students’ financial options as well as information and contacts for the Indiana colleges partnering to help ITT students determine the best options for continuing their postsecondary educations.
“We must ensure the students affected by ITT’s closure don’t lose their resolve to earn a postsecondary education,” Commissioner Lubbers said. “A variety of opportunities exist to finish their degree or credential, and Indiana’s colleges are committed to working directly with these students to help them achieve their aspiration for higher education.”
Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann announced Ivy Tech’s efforts and partnership with Indiana colleges to host statewide events at Ivy Tech campuses where ITT Technical Institute students can come and meet with representatives from all participating colleges to explore opportunities for continuing their degrees. The first of these events will be held 4-7 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis campus. Details are available at www.ivytech.edu/itt.
The state is also taking steps to support the 662 employees at ITT Tech’s six Indiana campuses and corporate office in Carmel. Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Commissioner Steve Braun outlined the agency’s Rapid Response efforts to assist displaced ITT Tech employees in the five affected regions of the state. Rapid Response teams are reaching out to employees to connect them with local employment opportunities as well as providing resume assistance, interview workshops, and skills assessments.
“ITT Tech’s closure brings a lot of questions and uncertainty from employees, students and the community at large,” said Braun. “Our goal is to address those concerns by pairing displaced employees with knowledgeable WorkOne staff to guide them toward a plan for re-employment as soon as possible.”
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