Thanks to AT&T Aspire, high school students are racking up college credits before graduating high school. Gwinnett Technical College recently received a $20,000 grant through AT&T’s Aspire program that will enhance community outreach for the College’s rapidly growing Move On When Ready program, as well as provide scholarships for Gwinnett Tech students seeking computer science careers.
Thanks to the support from firms like AT&T, Gwinnett Tech’s Move On When Ready program has seen a 50% increase in enrollment with area high school students. A record 1,575 Move On When Ready students enrolled at Gwinnett Tech during the 2016-17 academic year and enrollment continues to grow with almost 2,000 applications already received for the upcoming fall semester.
Move On When Ready is a state initiative that focuses on high school students. The program is available to all high school students, ages 14 and older, from private, public and home study programs. Move On When Ready covers post-secondary tuition, mandatory fees and books, for up to 15 credit hours per semester. Students can take classes online or on-campus, at a day/time that is convenient for their schedule.
Through Move On When Ready, students finish high school with work-force ready skills and can choose to continue to pursue a post-secondary education or go directly into the workforce. College-bound students can complete core classes through the program that will transfer to both Technical College System of Georgia and University System of Georgia institutions, as well as many private colleges and universities. Students eager to join the workforce sooner than later can start their career-focused technical education while still in high school.
“AT&T is a welcome partner to Gwinnett Tech,” says, Karen Howell, director, Move On When Ready at Gwinnett Tech. “Because of AT&T and their commitment to education, we are able to reach and support more students on their journey toward careers in Georgia’s most in-demand fields.”
Students at Gwinnett Tech seeking degrees in computer sciences can also tap into AT&T grant dollars. According to Network World there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs, spread across every sector, but only 50,000 computer science graduates a year. With such a huge talent gap, computer science graduates are in high demand and are commanding some of the highest salaries. According to PayScale the average salary for workers with an associate degree in computer science is $41,800 per year, with a projected mid-career salary of $68,400. AT&T’s generosity will help make it possible for more students to pursue these high-demand jobs and meet the growing workforce needs of our community.
Ontario Smith, AT&T’s regional director for external affairs says, “AT&T is committed to education and is proud to help build strong foundations for today’s students. Through AT&T Aspire, we are investing in students today – at home, in the classroom, at work to prepare them for success tomorrow.”
For more information about Gwinnett Tech’s Move On When Ready and Computer Sciences programs at both the Lawrenceville and Alpharetta-North Fulton campuses, visit GwinnettTech.edu.