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Open house focuses on former ITT Tech students

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Hilary Farrell
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A Muskegon Community College-hosted event focuses on former ITT Technical Institute students seeking their next steps.

"There are some issues with transferring. It’s not just as simple as, 'we took these classes at ITT Tech'."

Dan Rinsema-Sybenga is the dean of workforce and talent development at Muskegon Community College.

"But there are processes for evaluating that sort of thing," he says. "One of the goals of the event is to explain those processes and to let students know what they could reasonably expect."

The Tuesday open house follows ITT's campus-wide closures, which were announced earlier this week.

It’s said to affect tens of thousands of students nationwide, and includes ITT’s Wyoming campus and four others in the state.

Rinsema-Sybenga says several areas of study at the local ITT campus are also offered at MCC, including networking, electrical engineering, drafting and design and criminal justice.

And he says there may be options for those students – including opt-out placement tests and the experience-based Lifetime Education and Achievement Program (LEAP).

"Where students can demonstrate life experience that we can evaluate, and determine whether they’ve met the basis of some of our classes," Rinsema-Sybenga says. "And we often do that more in the applied degree areas, so that could be an option for ITT Tech students as well."

The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at MCC’s Coopersville campus.

Admissions counselors, faculty members and a financial aid advisor will also be on-hand to talk to students and answer questions.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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