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Albany Tech Cuts Ribbon on New Academic Achievement Center Tuesday


July 16, 2012- ALBANY, GA- Albany Technical College will cut the ribbon on its newly designed Academic Achievement Center (AAC) on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 10 am in Freedom Hall.

The AAC was initially created as part of a Title III Grant Albany Tech received in 2009 to focus on the initiatives in the college's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is called DREAMS (Developing Reading Excellence and Maximizing Success. However, since its inception, the AAC has expanded its services to include other areas students are needing assistance in, including Mathematics, English, and several other specialized services.

The new AAC was created to fulfill the need to offer specialized learning centers targeting Learning Support students in Reading, Mathematics, and English, but all in one Center instead of scattered over the campus. Within the new AAC, separate labs exist for each discipline staffed with highly qualified specialists.

Learning Support students utilize the AAC to supplement their class activities by using a variety of hands-on and online methods. Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides academic support intervention that incorporates both instructor and peer assisted study sessions. The SI service targets both foundational courses, as well as other course in which students may be experiencing difficulty. The Retention division of the AAC provides counseling and assistance helping students overcome barriers to academic success.

The newly designed AAC will be able to provide expanded services to the students served. The ultimate goal of the new Center is to build a "village" of support for all ATC students. In addition to serving the needs of Learning Support students in the areas of Reading, English, and Mathematics, the new Center will also provide existing aspiring degree students with an emphasis on college Algebra. The Center houses new iStudy hotspots with specialized apps to help students achieve success in Algebra. In addition, the Center will offer supplemental instruction for targeted courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Psychology. These services are also available in the iStudy hotspots, which are loaded with high-end academic applications.

The AAC will create a "Village Branch" of Albany Tech's Anthony O. Parker, Ph.D. Library to include complete access to the EBSCOhost eBook and database resources, complete access to Georgia Pines online library collection, and reference manuals for English, Math, and Computer Applications. Some subject-specific DVD collections will also be available for checkout.

For more information on the range of services offered by the Albany Tech Academic Achievement Center, visit and click on the Student Services/Academic Achievement Center sublinks.

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