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Other Colleges Step In to Help Art Institute Students

Some Art Institute students who were left high and dry when the school closed its 50 branches across the country March 8th may slowly be getting some help from other institutions.


Some Art Institute students who were left high and dry when the school closed its 50 branches across the country March 8th may slowly be getting some help from other institutions. In Pittsburgh, where the AI branch closing left 2000 students out of luck, The Community College of Allegheny County now says they'll work with students to help them complete their degrees.

CCAC will hold two informational sessions for all former Art Institute students at the CCAC Allegheny Campus on Thursday, March 14th. Both sessions will be held on the first floor of Jones Hall, 808 Ridge Ave. The first session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will include a free lunch while the second session will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and with a free dinner. CCAC's Culinary Arts Department will be providing the meals.

Prospective students will be able to meet Associate Professor Art Inzinga and Adjunct Faculty Roger Levine, who are both former faculty members of the Art Institute. Admissions staff and academic advisers will also be on hand to talk about the what they are calling a "seamless" transfer process.

There's free parking in the lot at the corner of Ridge Avenue and Brighton Road. To RSVP or for more information, call the Allegheny Campus Advising office at 412-237-4622.

Interested students unable to attend either session can find information about transferring online or by calling any of the CCAC admission offices to discuss transferring. Click here to find the numbers for the Allegheny, Boyce, North or South campuses.

Colleges in other cities where the Art Institute has shut down operations are also stepping up. City University of Seattle is offering scholarships to students affected by the closure there.

And in Colorado, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design has reached a "teach out" agreement that will allow former AI students to complete their degrees at RMCAD.

In other cities where there are no schools with simliar programs, alumni are offering help displaced students.

Click here for a complete list of all the closed Art Institute locations.

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