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LEAP: Leveraging Education for Advancement Program

LEAP: Leveraging Education for Advancement Program
Albany Technical College
LEAP: Leveraging Education for Advancement Program
1704 S Slappey Blvd
Albany, GA 31701-2648
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Program Contact Regina Watts
Program Contact Email
Phone 2294302854
Website Program website

The Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) at ATC is an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program (IPSE) that is designed to provide students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18 and older, an inclusive college experience. As Georgia’s only technical college with an IPSE program, ATC’s LEAP program focuses on developing academic, personal, and self-advocacy skills that lead to employment self-sufficiency. Along with being afforded the opportunity to enroll in credit- bearing classes, students participate in career development options and social integration.
LEAP is an inclusive college program, meaning that students with IDD take courses alongside students without IDD. LEAP students are required to meet the same standards as all other students in their courses with some modifications, such as length of writing assignments. Additionally,
LEAP students have support from mentor tutors that provide one-on-one attention to ensure students have the support they need to complete their coursework..

Program information submitted: January 25, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: Technical or vocational/trade school
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 7
School district or agency partner: Dougherty County School System
Deadline to apply to this program: Applications are accepted each semester
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 70.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: The inception of the LEAP program began in 2016 with 1 student. Since 2016, there have been 24 students accepted in the program of which only five dropped out prior to completion. An analysis of the data shows that the LEAP program has a 21% dropout rate in enrollment. 12 students have graduated. Of the 12 graduates, 7 are currently employed. An analysis of the data shows that the LEAP program has a 58% employment rate among its graduates.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $1794.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $170.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: The LEAP participants can enroll in any course listed in the college catalog that pertains to the credential they are seeking.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Technical College of GA approved Business Office Assistant TCC of Early Childhood TCC
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 20%
Additional information about career development and work experience: All ATC students are required to work with the Career Services department to create a portfolio, attend workshops, & career fairs.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation