From staff reports

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pleased to announce the selection of three district institutions to receive grant funding through the Education Emergency Relief Fund higher (HEERF) totaling $3,048,137. These funds have been allocated to South Georgia Technical College ($691,171), Albany Technical College ($1,146,963) and Columbus Technical College ($1,210,003) and will go towards special education and training, support for enrollment efforts and financial aid for students.

“Our colleges have faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, which has made it difficult to implement effective workforce training, as well as student recruitment and retention. As we recover from the pandemic, these colleges, and many of their students, continue to face tight budgets and economic challenges. said Congressman Bishop. “These funds will help our technical colleges fill gaps and expand student support services on campus.

“South Georgia Technical College is delighted to be a recipient of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund grant,” said South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford. “The grant will allow us to directly benefit students who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As a rural institution of higher learning, South Georgia Technical College is instrumental in providing Southwest Georgia with a skilled workforce. These funds will be used to help the college provide additional training opportunities to the workforce. We appreciate Congressman Sanford Bishop’s leadership and support of South Georgia Technical College.

Likewise, Martha Ann Todd, President of Columbus Technical College, said, “Columbus Technical College is delighted to receive this level of funding which will be used to increase access to the program for students to complete hand training. -work in demand. At Columbus Tech, 73% of students enrolled in the 2022 academic year depended on financial aid to stay enrolled. These HEERF ARP grant funds will enable the college to provide a safe on-campus learning environment; provide comprehensive services to meet life’s challenges, such as food insecurity or lack of internet access; provide textbook vouchers and help students graduate with little or no student debt and enter the workforce into careers that will allow them to be economically self-sufficient.

“Albany Technical College will apply the new grant funds to help students affected by the economic effects of the pandemic,” said Dr. Emmett Griswold, acting president of Albany Technical College. “This additional funding will allow us to continue to support our students and help them stay on track to complete their studies here at the college. Our graduates will in turn support the economic development of the community and help maintain a strong Southwest Georgia. Special thanks to Congressman Bishop for his continued support of his constituents in the 2nd Congressional District. »

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) is authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which was signed into law on March 11, 2021. This legislation allocated $39.6 billion for the student emergency financial assistance and other disruption-related expenses. campus operations due to COVID-19.


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