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Students, employees in limbo after ITT Tech ceases operations

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Thousands of students across the country are in limbo after ITT Technical Institute announced it will not accept new students, will be closing down all campuses and will layoff employee nationwide - blaming the federal government for the closures.

Anthony Hendrix said he was stunned to find out the school he worked at and also attended is shutting down. He's not sure if any of the classes he took are worth anything now and without warning he's out of a job at ITT Technical Institute in Swartz Creek.

“I'm very disappointed because nobody told me anything,” Hendrix said. “You [ITT Tech] did a really poor job of closing the colleges because you didn’t warn us at all. And you didn’t give us a chance to move out to other colleges before you even told us.”

In a statement released Tuesday by the college, it said it will permanently close all of its campus locations across the country.

It all comes after the school fell out of compliance with the federal government, which led to it losing its accreditation.

Jerry Brackatt, a disabled veteran, said he was trying to better himself by earning a degree at ITT Tech.

“It’s kinda strange. I’ve been going here for a year and a half and I’m almost done and now it’s nothing. It’s like I wasted my time,” Brackatt said.

The education department said many students will be eligible for federal loan forgiveness if they want to start over at another school.

ITT Tech issued a lengthy statement blaming the federal government for unnecessary regulations that ultimately led to the school's closure.

The conclusion of the statement reads "We believe the government's action was inappropriate and unconstitutional, however, with the ITT Technical Institutes ceasing operations it will likely now rest on other parties to understand these reprehensible actions and to take action to attempt to prevent this from happening again."

A majority of the 8,000 ITT Tech employees will lose their jobs, the company said. ITT Tech served more than 130 communities and more than 40,000 students as of June 30 at its campuses in 39 states and online. 

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