The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the Tennessee Board of Regents announced Wednesday they would be partnering to host a series of college outreach fairs for students affected by the closure of ITT Technical Institute.
Northeast State will host one of the first fairs at the College’s Johnson City campus, 101 E. Market Street, on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The events will provide students with information and resources on transferring to new institutions, financial aid options, and other resources for continuing their education in the wake of ITT Technical Institute shuttering its doors. Events will also be held in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Gallatin and will feature admissions and financial aid representatives from local community colleges and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs).
“Many of these students are researching options and time is of the essence for them,” said THEC Executive Director Mike Krause. “Our strategy with this outreach is simple: information for students, interactions where they can speak directly with advisors and college personnel, and a transition back into higher education so they complete their credential.”
The college fairs are just one aspect of many resources being provided to students who were most recently enrolled at ITT. THEC set up a hotline for students to call with questions regarding their individual situations and the agency has also been continuously updating its website with new information as it is available. The THEC website also features a list of programs at other institutions that are comparable to ITT offerings.