News: Stay-in-School Grant Awarded to CTC : Columbus Technical College

July 25, 2007 – Columbus Technical College (CTC) has been awarded a $53,207 grant aimed at helping young people stay in school. The “Stay in School” grant is a competitive grant, totaling $1 million; it is funded through Georgia’s Stay in School program. Columbus Technical College was one of nine recipients out of 34 schools in Georgia’s Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) to be approved for these funds.

The Stay in School grant helps provide career education in selected middle and high school programs. It also will provide for career and tutorial services for Stewart Quitman High School, Carver Middle School (Harris County) and Chattahoochee Middle School. Besides these educational services, the grant money will also sponsor career fairs for 8th, 9th and 10th graders in the Columbus Technical College five-county (Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Quitman and Stewart) service area.

These funds awarded to DTAE will be used to expand a pilot career development program that the Technical College System of Georgia began in 2005. The Stay in School program evaluates the impact of middle school career counseling on the high school completion rate, post-secondary enrollment and reduction in remediation required by rising college freshmen. This is the third year Columbus Technical College has been approved for this grant.

For more information, contact Kathy Gilmore, Columbus Technical College Vice President of Economic Development at (706) 649-1449 or email: kgilmore@columbustech.edu.

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