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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 Boulevard
Albany, GA 31701
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Program Contact Regina Watts
Email rwatts@albanytech.edu
Phone 229-430-2854
Website https://www.albanytech.edu/admissions/student-affairs/leap

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. Currently, LEAP students can choose from a list of 14 certificates that is offered to all Albany Tech students. There is one certificate, Business Office Assistant that is only available to students in the LEAP program..  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. The employment options for the other 14 certificates are listed in the ATC catalog.
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.
Applicants should demonstrate the following minimal requirements:

Minimum fifth grade reading level preferred.

Possess basic mathematics skills and the ability to use a calculator.

Demonstrated ability to maintain appropriate social and emotional behavior.

Ability to meet personal needs without assistance.

Must be able to navigate the campus independently and safely.

Desire and motivation to complete a postsecondary program.

Commitment to complete all assignments with or without supports.

Ability to be successful in competitive employment situations.

Served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Active placement in a Vocational Rehabilitation program is strongly recommended.

Program information submitted: March 24, 2021

General
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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 7
Summer program name Transition Extreme
Description of our summer transition program: Transition Extreme Summit is a summer transition program for middle and high school students with disabilities. The Summit provides a wide range of information on transition to post-secondary education and employment. The workshops cover topics on opportunities after high school, self-advocacy and leadership, vocational rehabilitation services, life choices, how to apply for post-secondary education, disability laws, and assistive technology options.
Summer program link: Transition Extreme
Affiliates
School district or agency partner: Dougherty County School System
Contact person: Annette Scott
Email: annette.scott@docoschools.org
Requirements
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: The LEAP program accepts students each semester. The admission's application deadline coincides with Albany Tech's deadlines.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 and older
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
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 100.00%
Cost
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
Cost of the program:
Additional costs:
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: n/a
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Business Office Assistant Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 10%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: No
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Several of the students have participated in clubs. Students participate in activities provided by the Student Activities department.