Edison State removes barriers for former ITT Tech, Miami-Jacobs students

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PIQUA — Edison State Community College is taking additional steps to promote the success of hundreds of displaced ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech) and Miami-Jacobs Career College (Miami-Jacobs) students throughout the Miami Valley by removing unnecessary barriers.

During the college’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Piqua Campus, college leaders discussed how to take an inclusive approach to accepting credits from ITT Tech and Miami-Jacobs, while still maintaining institutional policies already in place.

The Edison State Board of Trustees approved a residency requirement waiver for all former ITT Tech and Miami-Jacobs students enrolling in classes at Edison State that begin on or before Sept. 1, 2017. By allowing flexibility in this practice, displaced students face a shorter degree completion time and eliminate unnecessary costs in the process.

“Ultimately, the swift closures of ITT Tech and Miami-Jacobs harms students, and especially those closest to completing their programs of study,” said Scott Burnam, vice president of Student Affairs. “These students just want to complete their education and this board action, which for a set period of time and for those specific students waives the residency requirement for an Edison State degree, helps them to do just that.

“Given the advocacy requested at the national, state, and accreditor level to remove barriers for these students and to help them complete, we felt that bringing this request to our Board of Trustees was another tool that Edison State can offer those affected to get them completed and into the workforce,” he said.

To transfer to Edison State, former ITT Tech. and Miami-Jacobs students should send an official copy of their transcripts to Edison State for evaluation, and complete Edison State’s free, online application available at www.edisonohio.edu/getstarted<http://www.edisonohio.edu/getstarted>.

Those who began pursuing a degree at ITT Tech.’s Dayton or Columbus branch or Miami-Jacobs’s regional branches but are now unable to complete their degree are asked to contact Julie Hasford, Edison State enrollment manager who has experience working with students in the for-profit space, by calling 937-778-7814 or emailing [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>.

Edison State Community College’s approach ensures compliance with its accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.

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