Brian Whitehead served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2005 before he went to ITT Technical Institute, a for-profit college chain that later closed in 2016. At ITT Tech from 2006 to 2008, he studied computer and electrical engineering earning an associate’s degree. But he has never been able to get a job in his field since he graduated.
“On a campus tour at ITT, they bragged about their job placement rates for graduates, saying that 90% of their graduates get a job right out of the gate, with average salaries starting around $60-$70,000 a year,” said Whitehead. “That was not true. The experience was nothing like what I had been promised.”
Whitehead was left with about $50,000 in student loan debt, and his testimonial is one of thousands of borrowers who have called for tighter regulations of the for-profit college industry. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) since found that ITT Tech made exaggerated claims about its graduates landing jobs.
“ITT may be closed, but I have to live with the debt and frustration that they left behind,” said Whitehead.
Whitehead said that he will be closely watching what for-profit college regulations will come: “Schools need to be held accountable for their lies because they have the power to destroy our lives.”
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