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Augusta Technical College
Augusta Technical College (ATC) is committed to providing quality education to all of its student populations. With that, the college has identified that the enrollment of African American males in underrepresented programs is as low as 6%. The results of this data have led Augusta Tech to focus on the status of African American males on campus. This also includes evidence that reveals the strikingly deficient rates of accomplishment due to the low completion rates for developmental education courses.
ATC has recognized that with the help of Achieving the Dream, they can follow a united vision for addressing inequities of access and success for students desiring to enter and graduate from underrepresented programs at the college. As an Achieving the Dream Institution, ATC plans to:
- Identify areas of inequity impact
- Increase opportunities for these students’ success
- Continue to move forward in the process of data collection and analysis that will lead to new processes which will improve minority student access and success in the future
ATC, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), is a public postsecondary two-year technical college located in Augusta, Georgia. The college offers over 100 programs of study that lead to technical certificates of credit, diplomas, and associate degrees and offers industry training, workforce development opportunities, and adult education services. Augusta Tech operates under the supervision of the State Board of Technical and Adult Education. The college serves the needs of the public in a five-county area in the east central Georgia area with three other locations in Grovetown, Waynesboro, and Thomson.
The college is already serving targeted predominately black institutions (PBI) populations of low-income, disadvantaged students, including African American male students. Currently, 51% of enrolled students are Black; 50% are registered for full-time study; 59.5% receive Pell grant assistance; 17.3% qualify for learning support courses (developmental, pre-college level); 20% of the Learning Support students are African American male students; and the college has the 8th largest percentage of African American male students within the 25 technical colleges in Georgia. Also, a significant number of Augusta Tech students arrive for college underprepared, 50% score below college-level English and 95% score below college-level Math.
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