The jobs are part of a $5 million expansion in which the company will add 20,200 square feet of space to its offices in Muncie. When finished next summer, the 75,000-square-foot facility will house 900 employees.
The legislation, piggybacked to the health care bill that passed Congress Sunday night, could also mean major job
losses for Sallie Mae, which employs about 2,400 people in Indiana, including 1,700 in Fishers.
The plan to nationalize the federal student loan program threatens to force Sallie Mae
to hack its network of 26 offices down to five. Yet the company's Indiana operations have several advantages that could
help weather the cuts.
There are 2,300 hard-working and well-paid professionals here in Indiana whose
jobs are hanging in the balance while Congress debates a bill (H.R. 3221) that would eliminate the private student loan industry
as we know it.
ITT Educational Services Inc. and other for-profit schools are facing a maelstrom of financial threats that analysts say could
hurt student recruiting and profit margins--and already has driven stock prices down sharply. ITT shares are off 61 percent
since hitting an all-time high of $131.82 in November.