This summer, Atlanta Technical College (ATC) will host Horizons Atlanta’s summer learning experience for 75 students consisting of rising 2nd graders through rising 6th graders. Now in its 6th year at ATC, this 6 week summer enrichment program combines academics, arts, and cultural learning for students from underserved communities in Atlanta.
“We are proud to continue this collaborative partnership as we strive to ensure that our next generation of learners are Atlanta Technical College Strong,” said Dr. Victoria Seals, President, ATC. “Too often, students lose momentum from one academic year to the next. This program ensures these students remain active and engaged during the summer months so they are ready to academically continue on grade level in the fall. I want to thank Horizons Atlanta for providing such a unique service to these deserving students – we are proud of the collective impact of this partnership.”
Beginning this week, students will participate in courses that focus on entrepreneurship infused with Reading, S.T.E.A.M, and a 2-hour aquatic lesson twice a week. Additionally, Horizons Atlanta students will be exposed to learning beyond the walls on learning journeys every Friday to explore the city they call home.
“Horizons Atlanta’s Atlanta Technical College’s thoughtfully designed program truly helps prevent “summer slide” in our community’s most vulnerable students,” said Alex Wan, Executive Director, Horizons Atlanta. The conveyance of reading and math competencies, life-saving water skills, and intellectual curiosity are impacting not just our children, but also their families and communities. Together, we are creating new life trajectories for these young Atlantans.
Students begin their Horizons journey as early as kindergarten and return year after year through high school. It’s a long-term engagement with students who come to the program with a broad range of academic ability. In this project-based approach, students “learn by doing.” They become inspired as they explore reading, math, science, music, theater, art, swimming, and other activities that cultivate creativity and leadership.
Horizons Atlanta is a Midtown-based nonprofit that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to low-income children from kindergarten into high school. It currently serves over 800 students, with long term plans to serve 2,000 students in greater Atlanta.
For more information on Horizons Atlanta, please visit: https://www.horizonsatlanta.org/about-1/.
Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America’s Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. In 2017, Atlanta Technical College celebrated 50 years. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit www.atlantatech.edu.