SJR State offers assistance to displaced ITT Tech students

student Sean Fiedler
advisor and student

St. Johns River State College recently held an open house for displaced ITT Tech students.  SJR State faculty and staff were on hand to address questions from students seeking to continue their education. 

Sean Fiedler received an associate’s degree in network systems administration from ITT Tech and was pursuing his bachelor’s degree in project management when the school closed its doors.  While trying to figure out his next step, Fiedler was happy to learn about the possibility of having his ITT Tech credits transferred to SJR State.  “The hopes of being able to transfer some of my ITT Tech credits was good to know,” he said.  “I will apply tonight and see what can be transferred over and go from there.”  Fiedler, who is employed as a supervisor for a logistics firm, said he is interested in SJR State’s business administration program as he works toward becoming an operations or facility manager.  “That’s what I’m trying to pursue,” he stated, adding that should he decide to enroll at SJR State, he will join his 17-year-old son, who is currently pursuing his associate’s degree at the College’s St. Augustine campus.

Kesheena Levaffeur had only three classes remaining at ITT Tech when she learned about the school’s closing.  “I had one semester left,” she said.  Levaffeur is interested in SJR State’s Internet services technology program.   “At ITT Tech, I went for Web development, but ended up studying software development, which was more toward building apps,” she explained.  Although that course of study was not her first choice, Levaffeur said that she decided to complete the process once she got to a certain point within the program.  “However, I like that the program here is more geared specifically toward what I want.  I really like that,” she stated. 

To attendees of the open house, SJR State Dean of Enrollment Management Daniel Barkowitz emphasized that the College is highly sensitive to the students’ needs and is willing to assist them with figuring out their next steps, regardless of whether or not they enroll at SJR State.  Director of Workforce Services and Program Advancement Melissa O’Connell reiterated that point when she addressed the students. 

Levaffeur said that’s what she appreciated most about the open house, since she would like to make her decision without feeling any pressure.  “One of the biggest deciding factors for me is knowing that the College is willing to work with us and see what we need before we apply,” Levaffeur said, adding that she also especially liked the feel of the Orange Park campus when she arrived at the open house. 

SJR State Director of Computer Education John Etienne said, “We will do our best to accommodate students with helping them reach their long-term goals.” 

For more information on applying to SJR State, ITT Tech students should contact John Etienne at (386) 312-4063 or via email at . Academic advisors remain available to work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine their eligibility.


Former ITT Tech student Sean Fiedler, center, participates during an open house Q&A held recently for displaced students. Academic advisors were on hand to work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine their eligibility.

SJR State financial aid advisor Stevie Kenney talks with a displaced ITT Tech student during a recent open house held on the Orange Park campus. Academic advisors remain available to work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine their eligibility.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020