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Local ITT Tech students react to unexpected closure

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Now is the time when many college students are preparing to head back to classes, but tens of thousands of ITT Tech students just learned their school has shut down.

This massive closure impacts about 35,000 students and about 8,000 people who work for the college. 

Fox 12 spoke with local students who go to the Portland campus and they say the closure caught them off guard.

"I was surprised. This is the first time I've heard anything about it. So I was just wondering 'hey, what's going on?'" said Andrew Martin.

Martin is an electrical engineering student at the ITT campus at Cascade Station near Portland International Airport. He said he's about half way done with his program and doesn't know if he'll be able to transfer all of those credits.

On Tuesday, ITT made the announcement that they will end operations at all ITT Technical Institutes, that includes the Portland campus and one in Salem too.

ITT is blaming the federal government for forcing the shut down after it banned the school from allowing any new students to use federal loans to pay for classes.

However, ITT has been under the radar of federal and state investigators over recruiting tactics, lending practices, and job placement figures. And the U.S. Department of Education said the school has not complied with accreditors at least twice this year.

Meanwhile, students like Martin are left figuring out how to finish their degrees.

"It is unfortunate that I've invested some time in to this school and obviously things aren't going the way they were originally planned, but you know, that's fine."

Students are also left figuring out what to do if they are stuck with student loans but the government says many people will be able to apply to have federal loans withdrawn.

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