Bank of America Grant Helps Students Have Successful Start in College
A $10,000 Bank of America Grant is helping dozens of students enrolled in Aiken Technical College’s transitional studies courses have a successful start.
The Bank of America grant is being used to help purchase student course access codes for qualifying students enrolled in transitional studies courses. The access codes allow students to use interactive, online modules, which are essential to the courses’ curricula.
“We are very thankful for the generosity of Bank of America in supporting our students,” said Mary Commons, director of the ATC Foundation. “These course codes are expensive and we have students who struggle financially and could have dropped out of these classes because they could not afford these access codes. Thanks to Bank of America, we were able to retain these students and get them prepared for college-level classes.”
Transitional studies courses help fill the gaps for students who need to strengthen skills in reading, writing and/or math before starting their program of study. The College offers a reading and writing course and a math course focused on meeting these students’ needs.
So far during the 2019-2020 academic year, more than 100 purchased access codes have been awarded to students enrolled in the transitional studies reading and writing course and/or transitional studies math course.
“Several students have families to support and money is tight for them. This financial assistance has helped many students remain in the course instead of dropping out,” said Lynn Rickabaugh, mathematics department chair. “It gave them an incentive to work hard to complete the course successfully.”