ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Technical College was recently one of three technical colleges in Georgia to be awarded a share of a $13.6 million grant designed to enhance or add programs to prepare students to meet the needs of companies in the area of engineering technology.
Albany Tech, Athens Technical College and Atlanta Technical College were all awarded a Consortium grant in the amount of $13,551,923 for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Training (TAACCCT) initiative from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Albany Tech's share will be approximately $1.2 million over the next three-year period.
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act amended the Trade Act of 1974 to authorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.
In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which included $2 billion over four years to fund the TAACCCT program.
The three sister institutions, all part of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), will develop an integrated strategy that will add and/or enhance associate degree programs in the Engineering Technology field.
This will be achieved by introducing embedded certificates to allow students in closely related programs, such as Industrial Systems Technology, to bridge into the engineering technology programs.
The goal is to increase the number of graduates of associate degree programs in engineering technology in an effort to meet current and future workplace demands.
In order to meet this goal, the three institutions must not only increase the number and types of programs available, but also implement initiatives that support students in accomplishing their educational goals, thus reducing the number who drop out of college.
The integrated strategy will embed basic skills development into entry-level occupational courses, redesign the delivery of learning support coursework, provide additional methods of technology-enhanced instruction, expand prior learning assessments, introduce contextualized, problem-based pedagogy, and provide wraparound support services.