In an effort to appeal to students who have been turned away from ITT Technical institute in Levittown, Bucks County Community College will hold information sessions for prospective students.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education banned ITT Tech and its 130 locations from enrolling new students who rely on federal financial aid, while stepping up financial oversight of the for-profit institution. According to the ITT Tech website, the schools are not enrolling new students at all.
“Our responsibility is first and foremost to protect students and taxpayers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. in a statement. “Looking at all of the risk factors, it’s clear that we need increased financial protection and that it simply would not be responsible or in the best interest of students to allow ITT to continue enrolling new students who rely on federal student aid funds.”
This and other sanctions handed down by the U.S. Department of Education make the future for ITT look bleak, and potentially headed toward bankruptcy or shutdown.
Requests for comment from officials at the Levittown campus were not returned.
ITT Tech offers programming in information technology, electronics technology, drafting and design, business, nursing, health sciences and other fields. The school’s 130 campuses stretch across 38 states and students are enrolled in online programs nationwide. Last year, it reported $850 million in total revenue, $580 million of which was sourced from federal aid dollars. That same year, 45,000 students were enrolled in ITT programs.
Bucks Community College is looking to connect with affected students in the area. There are three information sessions scheduled for Sept. 7 at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. at the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol Township.
Representatives from Bucks’ financial aid, admissions, and academic advising offices will present on on opportunities available at the school.
“Our admission process is always open to everyone who wishes to enroll,” said Jean Dolan, assistant director of public relations for Bucks Community College.
That means students are still able to register for fall sessions, which begin both on Sept. 12 and Oct. 17. During the information sessions, specific programs like criminal justice, allied health fields and technology will be discussed.
For information on fall courses and available majors, visit www.bucks.edu/fall.