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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
Program Contact Regina Watts
Phone 229-430-2854

The Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) at Albany Technical College (ATC) is a comprehensive inclusive post-secondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18 and older. The LEAP program allows students to develop to their full potential by teaching academic, personal, and self-advocacy skills. The curriculum and training promote acquisition of the skills necessary for students to obtain rewarding employment and to live productive lives. Along with taking credit courses taught by ATC faculty, students have the opportunity to participate in human resource development workshops and opportunities to socially integrate in the community.  LEAP students have access to the full college experience.  Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in college activities, clubs, and organizations that are available to all Albany Technical College students.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: Technical or vocational/trade school
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 5
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.

School district or agency partner: Dougherty County School System
Contact person: Dr. Dianne Boges
Deadline to apply to this program: LEAP admission application deadlines coincide with college admission deadlines.
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 and older
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: Tuition varies based on the number of credit hours. In-state tuition is $89 per credit hour. Courses are two to four credit hours. The Student Fees total of $288 include: • Activity fee-$24 • Registration fee-$50 • Student Insurance-$6 • Athletic fee-$23 • Technology fee-$105 • Instructional fee-$55 • Campus Safety fee-$24
Additional costs: $170.00
Books-average semester cost for one book
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

The Bagwell Family Scholarship funds are donated to Albany Technical College on behalf of American Proteins.  This scholarship is to help students in close proximity to their business fund their education.  The use of funds is generally restricted to books, tuition, and/or fees.  Funds are dispersed directly to Albany Tech on behalf of the student.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Business Office Assistant Certificate
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
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: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Upon successful completion of the program, LEAP students earn a Business Office Assistant Certificate.  The program of study prepares students to work in a variety of office settings. 

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Along with taking credit classes, students participate in a variety of activities.  LEAP students, along with other college students, participate in employability skills workshops and seminars hosted by the Career Services Center.  Students have learned how to be successful college students by participating in a Student Succes Seminar and have joined the Fellowship for Christian Students organization.  Students hang out in the Titan Cafe' located in the Student Center.

Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:20