Atlanta Technical College Receives PBI (Predominantly Black Institutions) Award Grant

January 12, 2022

 The College Will Further Impact Lives in the Metro Atlanta Area

ATLANTA (January 12, 2022) – Atlanta Technical College (ATC) has received two grants over a five-year period, from the Department of Education with the intention of increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for African-American students. Led by program director Mr. Lance Wise, the Atlanta Technical College Retention Academic Persistent Program (R.A.P.P.) and the Strengthening Outreach and Academic Resources for Student Success (S.O.A.R.) will provide guidance to students throughout their educational journeys. The R.A.P.P. grant will serve African-American males while the S.O.A.R. will focus on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).

“Being in the heart of Metro Atlanta, we serve a community that is primarily African-American that doesn’t receive the same level of systemic support as other demographics,” said ATC President Dr. Victoria Seals. “Atlanta Tech’s dedication to the mission of providing lifelong educational opportunities and innovative career preparation goes hand in hand with Mr. Wise’s initiatives and objectives, including recruitment, dual enrollment, and continued mentorship.” Other program initiatives include post-incarceration assistance, adult education and high school equivalency preparation, academic boot camps and enrichment opportunities, and mentorship and leadership development programs.

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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 of serving the City of Atlanta along with Fulton and Clayton Counties. For more information on Atlanta Technical College, its $201M economic impact, and its 200-plus award-winning programs, visit

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