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Albany Technical College
Albany Technical College (ATC) plans to motivate students to achieve their maximum potential while enrolled at the college. ATC also strives to promote family and workplace literacy for a higher quality of life, to foster lifelong learning, and to provide a literate workforce for business and industry in its service delivery area. In becoming an Achieving the Dream Institution, ATC will strive to:
- Increase the number of students who stay in school fall-to-fall
- Increase technical degree graduation rates
- Retain more students during their first term of enrollment when they are most vulnerable to dropping out
- Reduce the number of students who test into learning support classes
Although ATC has increased overall retention and graduation rates by 4% in the past four years, the college would like to see this number further improve with the help of Achieving the Dream. ATC also plans to develop and implement research-based policies and practices from quantitative and qualitative analyses of data on institutional strengths, problem areas, and achievement gaps.
ATC traces its roots back to 1961 when it was established as the Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School enrolling just 175 students. Since then, the college has been charged with providing technical education opportunities to the residents, businesses, and industries within a seven-county service delivery area. These Georgia counties include Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Lee, Randolph, and Terrell. More than 3,000 full-time students are enrolled in credit programs per semester at ATC, and another 2,500 are enrolled part-time and in seminars, continuing education courses, teleconferences, and customized business training programs.
With over 75% of the students enrolled at ATC being black, the college has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the Predominantly Black Institutions. In the fall 2010 semester, 61% of the 5,000 students were female, 66% were enrolled full-time, and 100% of all student residents came from Georgia. In 2010, 76% of students at ATC received Pell grants, while 97% of all students received some form of financial aid.
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