Atlanta ITT graduates pursuing class action lawsuit against school

ITT Tech students and grads planning to sue

ATLANTA - Angry ITT students and graduates are now fighting back with plans to sue the now defunct tech school.

ITT suddenly closed this week in response to a crackdown by the federal government.

A large group mostly former ITT students from metro Atlanta are pursuing the class action lawsuit.

Some of them graduated, some did not, but almost all of them have thousands of dollars in debt and they said they have little to show for it.

Some of the students 11Alive News talked to said they were hooked by the famous ITT commercials, mostly success stories about ITT graduates.

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“I fell for their ploy that you see on TV, job placement, come in,” said April Tubens, ITT Kennesaw 2010 graduate.

April Tubens will say otherwise.

She’s a 2010 ITT graduate with a degree in criminal justice.

“It’s been kind of a nightmare actually.”

It’s a degree she said she’s never put to use.

She was a dental assistant before ITT and she is still one now.

And on top of the issues with the degree she has a mountain of debt.

“Over a $100,000 in student loans,” said Tubens.

That’s a big reason why Tubens is spearheading a class action lawsuit against ITT.

The tech school shut all its doors nationwide this week when the U.S. Department of Education cut off its ability to accept students using federal aid.

Tubens is teaming up with a large group of mostly former metro Atlanta ITT students who said their degrees were a waste.

“No job in the law enforcement field will recognize my degree,” said Theresa Graciale, ITT graduate.

Theresa Graciale is part of that group.

She has an associate’s degree from ITT.

Her husband went there too, but again debt is all they have to show for it.

“Over $60,000, that’s a lot of money,” said Graciale.

Tubens and her group are struggling to pay their debts.

They think it’s time for someone to make it right.

“Everybody fell for it,” added Tubens.

Tubens is talking to a lawyer again on Monday.

She said these degrees have never done any of them any good.

She feels like some of their debt should be forgiven.

 

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