Local Universities step up to help displaced ITT Tech Students

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- Over the past couple of days, community colleges like Drake State have released statements saying they are forming a plan to take in students displaced by the closure of ITT Tech.

But on Thursday one local university went a step further and actually met with instructors and students.

Former Oakwood University Provost Dr. Tim McDonald said a meeting with ITT Tech instructors Thursday went well.

"We would say this was a first stab, an exploratory opportunity, and we were very encouraged by it. We think we'll be able to go forward into our next meeting and really do something positive for the students," said McDonald.

Oakwood Director of Admission and Recruitment Malcolm Taylor, said they are readying a team to review transcripts of potential students.

"Specifically for what's going on at ITT, we are going to triage the students as fast as possible, to direct them to the right program so that they can matriculate and get finished," he said.

Taylor said they will do their best to allow students to bring as many of their credits as possible over to Oakwood.

"We understand that some students are close to finishing, some students are in the middle of their programs, some are just starting, so what we're here for is just to guide them through the process, and to let them know what Oakwood can do for them."

Athens State University also released a statement Thursday saying they are committed to helping ITT Tech students who might want to continue their education there as well.

The only thing that could delay the transfer of the students are their transcripts. Students have to wait for ITT Tech's corporate office to mail them their official transcripts, in order to see where they are in their coursework, and what credits they'll be able to transfer.