GPC Hosts Mock-tini to Celebrate Access to College Programs

10/08/2010
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Author: Beverly James   

Georgia Perimeter College hosted a “Mock-tini Happy Hour” during Faculty Development Day to support and disseminate information about GPC’s Access to College programs. The event was hosted by DECA, Dual Enrollment, Gateway to College, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) and the Leadership Academy.

Each year, GPC strives to raise approximately $250,000 to build and strengthen Access to College programs. Historically, these resources have been garnered through private donors, including the GPC community via the Faculty/Staff Campaign.

Faculty and staff can contribute to the Access to College programs by selecting one of the funds or programs on the Faculty/Staff Campaign designation form. One hundred percent of contributions go to the programs.

Organizers said they wanted to spread the word to the GPC community about the importance of supporting the programs.

“Our hope is that this will yield an increase in knowledge about the programs and the opportunity to make a difference through the Faculty Staff Campaign,” said Tracey Knight, director of strategic partnerships for access programs. “Students need these programs to begin and complete their education. We can’t stress enough the importance these access programs play in students’ future success.”

The primary needs of the Access to College programs include gap scholarships, which are need-based awards that bridge the gap between the total amount of aid for which a family qualifies and the final cost of attending college. “Gap scholarships are used to pay for books, fees, transportation and to attend classes in the summer,” Knight said.

Also, contributions to the Access to College Programs help pay for recruitment activities, career exploration activities and transfer college fairs.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.