WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – ITT Technical Institute is officially closing all of its campuses following federal sanctions imposed against the company. It includes the campus in Wichita located in the 8100 block of East 32nd Street North.
The for-profit college announced the changes in a statement Tuesday:
It is with profound regret that we must report that ITT Educational Services, Inc. will discontinue academic operations at all of its ITT Technical Institutes permanently after approximately 50 years of continuous service. With what we believe is a complete disregard by the U.S. Department of Education for due process to the company, hundreds of thousands of current students and alumni and more than 8,000 employees will be negatively affected.
The actions of and sanctions from the U.S. Department of Education have forced us to cease operations of the ITT Technical Institutes, and we will not be offering our September quarter. We reached this decision only after having exhausted the exploration of alternatives, including transfer of the schools to a non-profit or public institution.
The move eliminates the jobs of more than 8,000 employees, according to the company. The company says it is working to assist displaced students with their records and education options.
Last month, the Department of Education banned the college chain ITT Educational Services from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid. Among the measures, ITT was ordered to pay $152 million to the department within 30 days to cover student refunds and other liabilities in case the company closes. The chain, based in Indiana, is still paying another $44 million demanded by the department in June for the same reason.
The company added in its statement that it was not given a chance to appeal the Department of Education’s ruling:
We believe the government’s action was inappropriate and unconstitutional, however, with the ITT Technical Institutes ceasing operations, it will now likely rest on other parties to understand these reprehensible actions and to take action to attempt to prevent this from happening again.”