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AT&T Awards $7,500 to ATC Foundation for MVHS Early College Program
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AT&T Awards $7,500 to ATC Foundation for MVHS Early College Program

AT&T recently made a $7,500 donation to the Aiken Technical College Foundation for scholarships for the Aiken Early College at Midland Valley High School program.

Ike Byrd, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T South Carolina, presented the check to ATC President Dr. Forest Mahan and Chris Dickson, Chair of the ATC Foundation Board of Trustees, prior to the board’s meeting on July 27. Aiken County Legislative Delegation members Rep. Bart Blackwell, Rep. Bill Clyburn, Sen. Shane Massey and Sen. Tom Young attended the presentation.

“On behalf of the ATC Foundation, we are humbled by the generosity of AT&T in support of Aiken Early College,” Dickson said. “These funds will help support tuition for the 45 students enrolled in this program. These highly motivated students are taking college level classes while in high school, and when they graduate high school, they will have earned an Associate in Arts degree from ATC.”

“Thank you to AT&T for supporting Aiken County students with its donation to the Foundation for Aiken Early College at Midland Valley High School,” Sen. Young said. “This worthwhile program allows high school students to earn college credit at Aiken Technical College while also earning their high school diploma. AT&T’s financial support for this program is appreciated!”

Byrd thanked the Aiken County Legislative Delegation for their support.

“Education has been a community priority for AT&T for more than a century, for we believe in the potential of all young people,” Byrd said. “We are excited about the work being done in the Early College program and are pleased to support these students in aggressively pursuing their degrees and striving to fulfill their dreams.”

Aiken Early College at Midland Valley High School allows eligible students to complete an Associate in Arts degree from ATC while still in high school. Students can transfer course credits to other colleges or universities and potentially enter college as juniors.

More than 80 courses at ATC will transfer to other accredited public colleges and universities in South Carolina.

Students in the Early College program can receive Lottery Tuition Assistance if they enroll in at least 6 credit hours (normally two courses) per semester.

Early College students take courses in the summer, fall and spring of their sophomore, junior and senior years: two courses each semester as sophomores and juniors, and three courses each semester as seniors.

Summer courses are taught on the ATC campus, while fall and spring courses are taught at Midland Valley High.

Students earn both high school and college credit for courses.

The program, created in 2016, is a partnership between ATC and the Aiken County Public School District.

The ATC Foundation was formed in 1977 to acquire and manage resources to benefit the mission and goals of the college and to strengthen community relationships. The ATC Foundation’s fundraising activities support scholarships, professional development, facilities, educational equipment and materials, and program development and expansion at Aiken Technical College.

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