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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
Phone 229-430-2854

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 earn a Business Office Assistant certificate. Additional certificate will be added effective August 2020.  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. 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.

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: 8
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: Annette Scott
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
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
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)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • 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:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • 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: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:38