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ITT Tech students look at options

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ITT Tech stranded tens of thousands of students and employees after it announced it was shutting down last week.

A local college stepped in and offered help to students displaced from ITT Tech's Mid-Michigan campus.

Mott Community College in Flint met with students about transferring.

"Nothing will transfer. Their program is pretty much totally different from ITT Teach. They were willing to help me out and tell me my options, but it's not good," said Joey Rawls, ITT Tech student.

Those options included getting his student loans from ITT Tech waived, but he would lose all of his credits and would have to start all over.

"Honestly, I didn't have a plan B. I never thought the school would just close like that. There were talks about it, but it just happened," Rawls said.

He isn't alone. Marc Cromwell just graduated from ITT Tech with his associates degree. He said he's confident his degree will hold its value while looking for a job, but if he wants to continue his education his credits won't transfer and his two-year degree is a waste.

"I'm old enough that I want to teach and I have to have the degree to do that. So if I have to start all over at Mott then that's what I'm gonna have to do and I'll get my loans forgiven," Cromwell said.

While he may have lost time and money, Cromwell said he hasn't lost hope to further his education.

"Hope is not lost. Hope is never lost. As long as I breathe, hope won't be lost," he said.

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