The grant is designed to help students finish school and will be administered by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit specializing in community college support and reform.
“Aiken Technical College has met high standards of practice and performance and is well-positioned to tackle one of the toughest community college reform challenges our nation is facing: engaging more full-time and adjunct faculty and staff in student success efforts,” said Rachel Singer, vice president of Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Achieving the Dream designated 50 colleges across the country as ATD Leader Colleges, and 15 were awarded the $100,000 grants.
The grant will include a 27-month process when Aiken Tech will receive technical assistance and support from Achieving the Dream, as well as serving as a peer coach among more than 175 other colleges in the larger Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College was also named an ATD Leader College and was awarded a WalMart PRESS For Completion grant.