Wells Fargo grant supports classroom tutor program

Wells Fargo has made a grant of $50,000 to the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation to fund an innovative program that introduces in-classroom tutors for Student Success courses.

Wells Fargo has made a grant of $50,000 to the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation to fund an innovative program that introduces in-classroom tutors for Student Success courses.

“At GGC, we continually strive to find innovative ways to help students succeed,” said President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We greatly appreciate the generosity of Wells Fargo, and we look forward to implementing this ground-breaking, pilot program.”

As an access institution, GGC enrolls some incoming students who are underprepared for college-level studies or need extra help to be successful in achieving their goal of a college education. Student Success courses provide additional support early in students’ college careers.

“As many as one in three incoming freshman students require placement into Student Success courses,” said Stas Preczewski, vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. “These courses help to assure that students have a strong foundation in English, reading and math, and they are a critical part of GGC’s overall approach to ensuring that its students will succeed in college and beyond.”

An additional component of the Student Success courses is English for Academic Purposes, which is provided to students for whom English is a second language.

GGC recently launched a pilot program that places tutors into the Student Success classrooms, enhancing the effectiveness of these courses. Highly qualified, professional tutors, trained by the staff of GGC’s Academic Enhancement Center, provide academic support to both the instructor and students during class. They assist the instructor and the students during lectures and small group discussions, and provide one-on-one support to students.

The tutors also support GGC’s commitment to proactive identification and support of students experiencing difficulties, and are available for after-class instruction.

“Wells Fargo is committed to student success programs focused on K-12 students,” said Jerome Byers, Atlanta regional president for Wells Fargo. “Entry into higher education is an important, final step for K-12 students. GGC’s innovative use of in-classroom tutors will help recent K-12 graduates make the transition into college and position them to succeed. We are delighted to support this program.”

GGC will need up to 112 Student Success courses for the spring 2011 semester to serve its rapidly expanding student population, now 5,400. The Wells Fargo grant will support tutors for 55 of those courses.

“Wells Fargo focuses resources on the K-12/college pipeline,” said Gordon Harrison, president of the GGC Foundation. “This program is specially designed to ensure that more students successfully enter this pipeline, and come out of college well-prepared for a productive future. We are very grateful for this gift, and the educational commitment it represents.”

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