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What's next for ITT Tech students?

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Thousands of students across the nation are now in limbo after ITT Technical Institute abruptly closed all of its locations.

The decision was announced Tuesday and it left a lot of local students confused and scared about their options.

Ann Marie Sahlke was a straight A honor student at ITT Tech in Swartz Creek. She received an associates in computer science and was working on her bachelors when she was suddenly locked out. 

“I was almost half way through and that is what is so frustrating. You are in the finish line and then this, this is wrong,” Sahlke said.

Sahlke is not alone in her frustration.

After ITT closed its doors it left 8,000 employees without jobs and hundreds of thousands of students with nowhere to go.

“No notice, just an email. No phone call saying, ‘what can we do for you?’ What can we do to help you continue?’” Sahlke said.

TV5 reached to the Department of Education to find out what options are available for students but our calls have not been returned.

The U.S. Department of Education website said ITT had been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations and this was a way to stop more students from potentially worse educational and financial damage.

It said there are options, one of them is to apply to get your debt wiped free. Another option states you might be able to transfer to another school.

Sahlke wonders if these option are even viable.

She is worried she might not get the time and money back. Sahlke will be looking for a new school and hoping someone will let her finish her degree she worked so hard for.

“Let me continue my education. I want to go wherever I can go to get finished,” she said.

TV5 talked with spokesperson for Mott Community College.

She said they do have a team working with the federal government and Department of Education to figure out what they can do for ITT Tech students.

They will also be having an information event for those students next Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Prahl College Center on its main campus in Flint.

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