AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Georgia Perimeter College - GPC Leadership Academy

Program Name

Georgia Perimeter College - GPC Leadership Academy 

Submitter

Sarah Vaughan 

First Name

Sarah 

Last Name

Vaughan 

Contact Title

Program Coordinator GPC Leadership Academy 

College

Georgia Perimeter College  

Address

555 North Indian Creek Drive 

Address 2

 

City

Clarkston 

State

GA 

Zip

30021 

Email

Sarah.Vaughan@gpc.edu 

Phone

678-891-3737 

Phone Ext

 

Fax

678-891-3640 

Program URL

http://www.gpc.edu/~gpcla 

Program Description

The Leadership Academy is an innovative scholarship and retention program that provides opportunities for students who are underrepresented in higher education.  As part of a University System of Georgia initiative and an institutional commitment to increase access to underserved populations, the Leadership Academy, focusing primarily on African-American males, offers post-secondary educational opportunities to students who would benefit from the financial, academic and personal support the program provides.  In addition to improving access, students will be well prepared to continue their education toward the bachelor’s degree.  GPC believes that these students are capable of above average performance when provided with adequate support.

Launched in 2005 as a grassroots faculty initiative, the program receives funding through the GPC Foundation and support not only from the GPC administration, but from faculty and staff at every level who volunteer to work with the members in various capacities.  The group meets twice weekly throughout the semester and members’ participation and grades determine the level of scholarship received.  The program offers academic and book scholarships as well as mentoring, academic support, leadership and self-development seminars, community service opportunities and workshops and group discussions on wide-ranging issues of importance to the members.

Program Services

Mentoring; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development 

Program Start Month

August 

Program Start Year

2005 

Current Number of Students

41 

Program Initiated

The program was initiated as part of a grassroots faculty initiative, part of a University System of Georgia initiative to increase access to underserved populations.

Program Funded

The porgram is funded by GPC Foundation and GPC Student Life Office. 

College President and Administrators Involvement

Faculty and staff serve as mentors to the young men.  The college President attends and participates in various activities.  Staff refer candidates to the program and present life skills and career workshops.

Program Success Story

One student earned the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship in 2007.
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