ALBANY — Albany Technical College will cut the ribbon on its newly designed Academic Achievement Center at 10 a.m. today in Freedom Hall.
The center was initially created as part of a Title III grant Albany Tech received in 2009 to focus on the initiatives in the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which is called DREAMS (Developing Reading Excellence and Maximizing Success).
Since its inception, however, the center’s services have been expanded to include other areas in which students need assistance, including mathematics, English and several other specialized services.
The new center was created to fulfill the need to offer specialized learning centers targeting Learning Support students in reading, mathematics and English, but all in one location instead of scattered over the campus.
Within the new Academic Center, separate labs for each discipline are staffed with highly qualified specialists.
Learning support students utilize the center to supplement their class activities by using a variety of hands-on and online methods. Supplemental Instruction provides academic support intervention that incorporates both instructor- and peer-assisted study sessions.
The SI service targets both foundational courses as well as other courses in which students may be experiencing difficulty. The Retention Division of the center provides counseling and assistance, helping students overcome barriers to academic success.
The newly designed center will be able to provide expanded services to the students served. The ultimate goal of the new center is to build a “village” of support for all ATC students.
In addition to serving the needs of Learning Support students in the areas of reading, English and mathematics, the new center will also provide existing aspiring degree students with an emphasis on college algebra.
The center also houses new iStudy hotspots with specialized apps to help students achieve success in algebra. In addition, the center will offer supplemental instruction for targeted courses such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and psychology.
These services are also available in the iStudy hotspots, which are loaded with high-end academic applications.
The AAC will create a “Village Branch” of Albany Tech’s Anthony Parker Library to include complete access to the EBSCOhost eBook and database resources, complete access to the Georgia Pines online library collection, and reference manuals for English, math and computer applications.
Some subject-specific DVD collections will also be available for checkout.