ALBANY, GA – Albany Technical College has been awarded a Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) grant totaling over $2.9 million for five years to improve the educational outcomes of African American males. This innovative project called "Teaching Empowering African American Males to Succeed" (TEAAMS) is fully aligned with the purpose of the PBI program as it will further strengthen ATC's capacity to improve the educational outcomes of African American males and encourage their success both in and out of the classroom.
"By improving educational outcomes and enhancing exposure, we can increase the experiences of these students with positive African American male role models within the community. Doing so can promote an environment of civic engagement through peer-to-peer mentoring and reduce instances such as recidivism," said Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Technical College.
The overarching goal of the project is to improve educational outcomes for African American Males leading to increased enrollment, pass rates, and graduation rates. The project is designed to address the needs of the target population enrolled as either a regular student, high school dual-enrolled student, or enrolled in ATC's Adult Education/GED program. It is intended that the project will increase African American males' enrollment and pass rates by implementing five strategic components 1.) Connections, 2.) Mentorships, 3.) Collaborative Learning 4.) Mental Health Awareness, and 5.) External Collaboration Partnerships. These components will meet students where they are, assist them through their educational pursuit, and prepare them for the workforce.
This project is fully funded by the US Department of Education.