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CGTC Wins Big Federal Grant

Georgia technical colleges in the Midstate were awarded more than a million dollars in federal grants to help serve low-and-middle income African-American students.

Central Georgia Technical College in Macon received the largest grant, more than $545,000, according to a news release from the Technical College System of Georgia.

Sandersville Technical College received more than $272,000 and Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin was awarded $250,000.

Almost 42% of students enrolled in the Technical College System of Georgia are African-American, according to the release.

Three other Georgia institutions received grants of more than $400,000 each. They are DeKalb Technical College, Columbus Technical College and Atlanta Technical College.

The grants came from the U.S. Department of Education's Predominantly Black Institutions program. It supports colleges  with at least 40% undergraduate African- American enrollment and at least 50% low-income or first-generation college students.

The news release says the grant money can be used for tutoring, counseling and service programs aimed at improving academic performance, and programs to encourage elementary- and middle-school students to pursue a college education.

In all, 23 colleges in the U.S. received $10.8 million in grants under the Predominantly Black Institutions program. Georgia colleges received 22 percent of the total -- almost $2.4 million, the largest of any state.

Georgia Technical College System Commissioner Ron Jackson said the grants would help bring more African-American students into the classrooms and create a better-educated and more-versatile workforce.

The news release said enrollment in the Georgia Technical College system jumped 22 percent, to more than 191,000, last year as unemployed and under-employed Georgians returned to school to learn new skills.





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