ATLANTA (May 1, 2020) – In an effort to curb the emergency need of many students, The Atlanta Technical College (ATC) Foundation has received a grant from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta. After undergoing a process with more than 650 applicants, Atlanta Technical College is receiving a grant of $100,000.
“Atlanta Technical College serves a wide variety of people within the metro Atlanta area, many of whom are strongly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and state-wide stay-at-home orders,” said Dr. Victoria Seals, President, ATC. “In addition to our Students’ Technology Support Fund and a Students’ Emergency Assistance Fund, this grant will allow the College to continue to serve our community and allow them to continue their efforts as students. Our mission of providing lifelong educational opportunities and experiences through academic and innovative career preparation, service learning, and multiple programs is critical to empowering our students, and this enhanced funding will allow the College to close the technology gap seen in the communities we primarily serve.”
“Thank you to the Atlanta Technical College Foundation for their tireless work during this crisis to provide technology supports, emergency financial assistance, and online tutoring for students,” says Milton J. Little, Jr., President and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta. “There has never been a more crucial time to Live United and step up for our communities that need our help.”
“We appreciate that Atlanta Technical College has been nimble to respond to urgent needs their students are facing with access to online learning and the general well-being of themselves and their families,” said Lita Pardi, interim vice president at Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “The ability to keep up with coursework, with all the tools needed to stay enrolled, is essential to students remaining motivated to pursue better opportunities through a degree.”
The Atlanta Technical College Foundation seeks to provide students with the means to attend ATC and succeed without financial issues that might impede their matriculation. The Foundation was founded in 1999 under the leadership of chairpersons Joseph Johnson and Carolyn Young. A 501(c)3 non-profit, the Foundation’s mission is to provide support to ATC and the programs and activities carried out by the College. Its purpose is to acquire, retain, invest, and administer funds exclusively for the benefit of Atlanta Technical College. Since its inception, the Atlanta Technical College Foundation has focused on the major goals of resource development, relationship building, and financial management of resources. Under the leadership of Mr. Stephen McDaniel and Dr. Jamar Jeffers, the Foundation has continued to support the College during this trying time.
A total of over $1 million will be distributed to 13 organizations for emergency response. Grants made to other organizations earlier in the year are detailed on the Community Foundation’s site and United Way’s site. Grants from the Response and Recovery Fund focus on immediate needs in order to support those most in need.
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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 and its 150 programs, visit www.atlantatech.edu.