Forsyth Tech Extends Support to ITT Tech Students

(Winston-Salem, NC) – Following the unexpected closing of ITT Technical Institute nationwide earlier this week, Forsyth Technical Community College has responded quickly by developing a strategy for extending support to the students who were attending ITT’s North Carolina locations.

Two Forsyth Tech administrators have been designated points of contact. ITT students will be directed to Gwen Whitaker, registrar, or Eddie Waddell, college recruiter, who will help address questions around transition issues, such as the transfer of credits, prior learning assessments, financial aid, and transcripts.

Several ITT Tech programs are similar to those offered by Forsyth Tech, including Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Graphic Design, Registered Nursing, and Computer and Information Systems Security.

“This is a very fluid situation for ITT students and for us,” says Rachel Desmarais, Forsyth Tech’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The sudden closing of ITT has put a number of special rules into play that have rarely needed to be implemented in the past regarding student loans and financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education has created a website that is being updated daily with information and FAQ’s regarding ITT’s closure and the options ITT students have as they consider next steps in pursuing their education.

“ITT students who reach out to us will receive personal, one-on-one support. Each situation will be unique and must be considered carefully on a case-by-case basis. Our priority is assistance to those students in our area adversely affected by ITT’s action.”

ITT students with questions related to their ability to continue their education at Forsyth Tech can contact Gwen Whitaker, 336.734.7471, or Eddie Waddell, 336.734.7326,


About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.