Congressman Tim Ryan Urges State of Ohio and Community Colleges to Assist Students Impacted by ITT Technical Institutes Closure

Sep 13, 2016 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today urged the State of Ohio and community colleges to assist students impacted by the ITT Technical Institutes (ITT) closure. On September 6th, ITT shut down all of its campuses, impacting 45,000 students nationwide, including 2,000 enrolled in the State of Ohio.

“Overnight many students’ planned path to graduation and future employment ended, and they were left with very little information and guidance. There is no doubt that we owe it to these men and women to make sure they are given every opportunity to graduate and succeed,” said Congressman Ryan. “Nothing is as important as a quality education, and I hope Ohio colleges and the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools will join with me in doing everything we can to help create a seamless transition for these students. We must all work together to make sure that no student falls through the gap.”

Ryan sent a letter to John Ware, Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools and a letter to the presidents of Stark State College, Eastern Gateway Community College and Cuyahoga Community College.

Full letter to Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools can be viewed here.

Full letter to northeast Ohio community colleges can be viewed here.

Ryan is a cosponsor of the Veterans Education Recovery and Restoration Act, which ensures continuation of GI benefits, including the housing stipend, in the event of a school closure. Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not have the legal authority to restore any GI Bill benefits that have been used to attend ITT.

Ryan is a cosponsor of the Pell Grant Restoration Act, which ensures students do not lose semesters of Pell Grant eligibility due to a school closure.