Colleges in Chicago and New York leave a legacy of achievement in training thousands
Amid changes in the educational landscape, a chapter of ORT history in the United States is drawing to a close after decades of fulfilling ORT’s mission of supporting life-changing education. Of the independent affiliated ORT schools in the United States, Bramson ORT College closed in February, and the Chicago ORT Technical Institute (COTI) is currently winding down operations and will close August 15.
On a national scale, the demand for technical schools has decreased. Diminishing enrollment, an upsurge in community college programs and other factors have played roles in this trend, leaving the two ORT facilities with the difficult decision to cease operations.
ORT America National President Larry Kadis said, “We are sorry to see these schools close. Thanks to very talented instructors, thousands of students in Chicago and New York learned the fundamentals for building rewarding careers. Over the years, the staff at each one has given it their all, and we’re grateful for their dedicated work and devotion to excellence.”
COTI is closing after nearly three decades of operation, during which more than 7,500 students from diverse backgrounds profited by their education and launched meaningful careers. ORT is assisting COTI with a plan to minimize the impact of the closure on remaining students and staff, ensure students can complete their classes or externships and help them transfer to other institutions. Bramson ORT College was established during World War II to offer education to new immigrants and became a college in 1996, benefitting thousands of students. Bramson has ensured that all students received assistance in transferring their credits to other institutions. Los Angeles ORT College continues to operate, and plays an important role in Southern California.
ORT America continues to fund cutting-edge educational opportunities whenever and wherever they are needed, and supports ORT-affiliated schools, curricula, and programs in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and other countries that enhance education for more than 300,000 students and make the world a better place.