Welcome

Congratulations on considering making the LEAP into a brighter future! We are thrilled that you are interested in learning about the Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) at Albany Technical College. Albany Technical College is a member of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and offers an inclusive postsecondary education certification program. The LEAP program is designed to prepare students with intellectual and development disabilities for employment by providing services, support, and experiential learning opportunities that develop and enhance skills.

Program Overview

The Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) is an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program (IPSE). The LEAP program at Albany Technical College (ATC) is designed to provide students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18 and older, an inclusive postsecondary college education experience. LEAP focuses on developing academic, personal, and self-advocacy skills that lead to employment. Each participant works closely with an academic transition teacher and a trained mentor to assist students in meeting their academic and social needs. LEAP students receive a personalized postsecondary education.

About

The Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) at Albany Technical College (ATC) is for highly motivated students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Student programming is based on the strengths and needs of the individual student identified through the development of a Person-Centered Plan. LEAP students can earn a Business Office Assistant certificate. All courses are taught by ATC faculty, who are dedicated to teaching and preparing all students. Courses are offered on the Albany Tech campus where LEAP students have the opportunity to take courses alongside other college students. Graduates earning the Business Office Assistant certificate are prepared to perform a variety of duties in any office clerical occupation that requires knowledge of office systems and procedures. Along with taking credit classes, students have the opportunity to participate in career development workshops, social community integration, job shadowing, and internships. In addition to gaining new skills and training, each student is matched with a trained mentor to help build the college campus experience and meet academic requirements. LEAP students can enjoy the full college experience by participating in college activities, clubs, and organizations that are available to all ATC students.

Mission

The Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) mission is to provide a personalized inclusive postsecondary college education to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, equipping them to reach their full potential through the development of academic, personal, and self-advocacy skills that lead to employment and self-sufficiency.

Student Success

Background Information/History

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the School of Public Health at Georgia State University a grant to support a consortium of universities working to improve access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities. Albany Technical College was awarded a grant by the Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium (GAIPSEC) to expand opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) at Georgia State University, who is a representative on the GAIPSEC steering committee, manages the grant. Albany Technical College is the first of the technical colleges in Georgia to implement an Inclusive Post-secondary Education Program (IPSE). ATC’s Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) offers an inclusive program that results in a Business Office Assistant certificate. There are approximately 200 other programs throughout the United States.