A-B Tech lands Gates grant

Oct 12, 2013

A-B Tech Community College was one of 16 colleges in the nation awarded a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support its retention program to assist students in staying on track toward completion of educational goals.


The grant will assist advisors at A-B Tech with counseling and academic intervention for students with Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS) technology applications.


“The IPAS system will support A-B Tech’s commitment to Achieving the Dream by giving advisors and students the tools for success from the day students walk in our door until they walk across the stage at graduation,” said A-B Tech President Dr. Hank Dunn.


A-B Tech will be able to use the software for education planning, counseling and coaching and risk targeting and intervention, according to Rebecca Howell, Director of Student Advising and Support Services. “Targeted messaging would notify students of what they need to do next and give them helpful reminders whenever they may get off track toward completion,” Howell said. “We hope to more effectively and personally reach out to students in need of support.”


The system will also free up valuable advisor time to effectively interact with students and provide support and encouragement, rather than spending time combing through paper files and multiple databases to find crucial information.