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Photo from Coding Dojo.
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The closure of all 130 ITT Technical Institute campuses, due to pressure and scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education, will affect “hundreds of thousands of current students and alumni,” according to a press release issued yesterday by ITT Educational Services.

Coding Dojo CEO Richard Wang.
Coding Dojo CEO Richard Wang.

Coding Dojo, a Bellevue, Wash.-based bootcamp for software developers, wants to come to the rescue. The coding academy, which has campuses in Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Washington D.C., is offering scholarships of up to $4,000 to former ITT students.

The scholarships can be used for classes at any of Coding Dojo’s campuses in Oct.- Dec. of this year. The announcement comes just a few weeks after Coding Dojo teamed up with Bellevue College to offer joint software classes.

“Our heart goes out to the students at ITT’s 130 campuses who invested so much of their time and money,” Richard Wang, CEO of Coding Dojo, said in a press release. “At Coding Dojo, we believe that learning to code holds the key to changing lives and we look forward to helping some of ITT’s students do so.”

ITT Educational Services has struggled ever since the Department of Education barred the colleges from enrolling new students using federal financial aid. The institution vehemently denies allegations of fraud and The Wall Street Journal claims ITT was issued an unfair death sentence without proving claims of abuse.

Interestingly, much of the criticism aimed at ITT is related to its status as a for-profit educational institution. Coding Dojo, the school that wants to embrace ITT students left in the lurch, maintains the same status.

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