Aiken Technical College. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
Aiken Technical College. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Bank of America grant to help Aiken Technical College students

(Story courtesy Nikasha Dicks, Aiken Technical College. Photo by Charmain Z. Brackett)

GRANITEVILLE — Bank of America has awarded the Aiken Technical College Foundation an economic mobility grant to help students achieve success by removing financial barriers to completing their college education.

The $9,400 grant will go toward the ATC Foundation’s Student Completion Microgrants
Program, according to a news release from Aiken Technical College. The microgrants are provided to eligible students who have completed at least 75% of their program of study, but are at risk of not completing for financial reasons, said ATC Foundation Director Beth LaClair.

“This program helps students cross the finish line as they may have financial barriers preventing them from finishing. The grant from Bank of America will aid students in completing their degree, diploma, or certificate, and ensuring that they can enter the workforce in the CSRA,” said LaClair.

Microgrant recipients are further supported by receiving free holistic student support
services such as tutoring, student coaching, counseling, and career services.

“Partnering with Aiken Technical College Foundation to invest in the Student Completion Microgrants program, which helps prepare young adults for long-term success, is part of our approach to fostering economic mobility and equitable progress,” said Ora Parish, president, Bank of America Greater Augusta / Aiken. “These investments demonstrate how we are taking action to provide our community the
essential resources and support needed to help people succeed in today’s and
tomorrow’s economy.”

Those interested in learning more about the Student Completion Microgrants Program and ways to support Aiken Tech students should contact the ATC Foundation at or visit, the news release said.

Aiken Technical College, a two-year comprehensive college, was founded in 1972. It provides educational and workforce development opportunities through academic programs, continuing education, and
corporate training services. The Aiken Technical College Foundation is a non-profit organization created in 1977 to foster workforce success by building partnerships with businesses and the community
to provide financial support for Aiken Technical College.

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