Closing of for-profit schools leaves thousands of students and an industry in limbo

Closures of high-profile schools such as ITT Technical Institute have left thousands of students in limbo while raising questions about the future of an industry that provides training for vocational, technical and other mid-level skilled jobs.

News Story (California)

Jim Puzzanghera, Ronald D. White
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 12, 2016

Tags: For-profit college, Student Debt, Student Loan Forgiveness

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)


Alvaro Laborin, a 36-year-old Navy veteran from Los Angeles, said he spent the last few years working all manner of odd jobs — bartender, mechanic, Uber driver, even a walk-on Hollywood extra — to be able to afford cybersecurity classes at ITT’s Torrance campus.

“It felt like home to me,” Laborin said. “This school has been around since before I was born and now it’s gone?”

He was among about 20 ITT students at a clinic Thursday night at the offices of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to figure out their options. They include trying to transfer ITT credits to other schools or seeking forgiveness on student loans.

Laborin wasn’t sure if he would try to attend another for-profit school or try a public community college. But he said he would not quit on his goal of a college education.