Six TCSG colleges get grants to serve low income excellent students
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that six Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges, including Columbus Technical College was to improve a total of almost $ 2,400,000 in federal grants to the universities ability to serve low-and middle-income excellent students.
Columbus Technical College received $ 453,338 under the grant agreement by the U.S. DOE Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) program.
The PBI program supports universities, the undergraduate enrollment of at least 40% African-Americans and at least 50% low-income or first generation college students.
The funds can be used for a variety of projects to improve, including the development of tutoring, counseling and service programs, the academic success.
The grant money for Columbus Technical College has provided for the implementation and maintenance of a writing workshop, expected to open in January. Columbus Technical College English teacher Carrie Wood master is the coordinator of the laboratory. The center will feature experienced tutors, 15 computer stations, and round tables for study sessions and / or one-on-One Tutoring, shelves full of resource materials and much more.
“The lab will help to serve some of our student body, that the letter needs guidance and support,” said Holzmeister. “It’s really exciting to get on the ground floor of this project. We cannot wait until the middle to get started!”
“No matter what program a student is in the industry or he or she chooses to enter, the ability to communicate effectively is paramount,” Columbus Technical College President Bob Jones said. “This letter lab has all of our students by helping the basic skills and hands-on practice needed to make it in the real world. This grant will be highly appreciated and is a phenomenal return on investment for years to come. ”
The obtained from the six universities TCSG:
Atlanta Technical College: $ 419,198
DeKalb Technical College: $ 482,613
Columbus Technical College: $ 453,338
Heart of Georgia Technical College: $ 250,000
Central Georgia Technical College: $ 545,397
Sandersville Technical College: $ 272,252
The amount that the TCSG universities accounted for 22% of the total grant and was awarded to every state in the nation’s largest.
“Our universities put out a large amount of hard work to get these funds, but the result was well worth the effort,” said Commissioner Ron Jackson TCSG. “We want as many students as possible to realize the value of a college education. These grants help eventually help you get more African-American students in our college classrooms and laboratories and bring a better-trained and versatile 21st century workforce for Georgia and our nation. ”
Enrollment at the 26 universities TCSG growing a record pace, partly due to the large numbers of unemployed and employed workers in Georgia who are turning to universities to learn new skills fueled.
Last year, the TCSG enrolled more than 191,000 students, previously a 22% increase over the year. Nearly 42% of students are African-American TCSG.