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Mt. Hood Community College offers assist former students

For-profit college closed abruptly -

KOIN - ITT Tech on NE Cascades Parkway in Portland, as seen on Google Street View.Mt. Hood Community College is ready to help students who attended ITT Technical Institute, which closed abruptly earlier this month.

MHCC is holding an information session from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, for any displaced ITT Tech students seeking help in deciding their next steps.

The information session will have representatives from Mt. Hood as well as Portland and Clackamas community colleges and other institutions. The colleges will try to help former ITT students find the programs that are best suited to their needs and goals and the classes they have already taken at ITT Tech.

The session will be held in the MHCC Learning Success Center, room AC3300, which is above the library at the college, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

“If you or someone you know has been affected by the closure of ITT Tech, we are here to help,” MHCC said in the announcement. “Oregon community colleges, including MHCC, are working together to do what we can with regard to helping students transition into new programs.”

ITT Tech was a for-profit college that operated 130 campuses in 38 states, including one in Portland and one in Salem. The college closed because the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students using federal financial aid and stepped up its oversight of the school.

For-profit colleges have been under pressure from government agencies because of various practices. Last year, Corinthian Colleges, locally operated as Heald College, closed. Corinthian, also a career-oriented, for-profit college, ceased operating after the Department of Education fined it for overstating job placement rates.

Local colleges also stepped up to help Heald College students continue and finish their educations.

ITT said on its web site that, “After more than 50 years of educating students, ITT Technical Institute has discontinued operations at our resident campuses.

“We want to thank all our students and staff who were with us over those years, and wish all of you the best in your future,” the statement continued.”

The web page has instructions for how students can view grades, obtain transcripts and other information.