Year Up Greater Atlanta Partners With Atlanta Technical College to Provide Technology Pathways for College and Workforce Development

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First cohort of 40 students to begin in August!

We are extremely excited for the opportunity to partner with Atlanta Technical College. This strategic partnership will allow us to mutually scale our programs and reach more deserving young adults.

The workforce development nonprofit Year Up Greater Atlanta (YUGA) announced today its partnership with Atlanta Technical College (ATC) to meet market demand for skilled entry-level talent.

The first class of 40 students will begin taking Year Up classes and ATC classes in Information Technology in August 2017 dually enrolled in both programs.

Year Up is actively recruiting young adults, ages 18 to 24 with high school diplomas or GEDs, to start in the fall semester at ATC. Admissions information is available at http://www.yearup.org.

The program offers students full college credits and a six-month internship at a top local company looking for mid-level talent. Ninety percent of Year Up Greater Atlanta’s graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the yearlong program, with average starting salaries of $36,000/year.

“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to partner with Atlanta Technical College. This strategic partnership will allow us to mutually scale our programs and reach more deserving young adults. My aspiration is to grow our YUGA program to reach 1,000 young adults annually in Atlanta. ATC’s new president, Dr. Victoria Seals, is a true advocate and champion of the Year Up program and understands the barriers that often limit so many young adults from achieving success in their lives,” said Kim Williams, Executive Director of Greater Atlanta. “Together, ATC and Year Up will provide pathways to higher education and professional careers as we empower students to transform their lives and reach their full potential.”

Dozens of companies in the area — including Cox Enterprises, General Electric, Rollins, Career Builder, Kaiser Permanente, Worldpay, and Equifax and many more— recognize Year Up graduates as a fabulous source of skilled, motivated talent for roles in Information Technology, Programming, Customer Service, Desktop Support, Web Development, Project Management, Business Analytics, Cyber Security and Sales Support.

“Atlanta Technical College has been transforming lives through workforce development for fifty years now,” said Dr. Victoria Seals, president of Atlanta Technical College. “This dynamic partnership with Year Up fits our mission and addresses the industry needs in our region. Alongside Year Up, we will provide additional support for the young adults in Metro Atlanta as they advance their educational and career pursuits. It is a win-win for everyone.”

Year Up Greater Atlanta currently serves 330 young adults each year, and plans to serve 410 students annually by 2018. Since its launch in 2009, Year Up Greater Atlanta has served more than 800 young adults (ages 18-24, without college degrees), as they gain in-demand technical, professional and communication skills in areas such as Information Technology, Sales Support and Quality Assurance/Business Intelligence. Learn more about Year Up Greater Atlanta by following us on Twitter @YearUpAtlanta and on Facebook.

About Year Up Inc.
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college-level coursework. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,600 students annually across 24 campuses in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida and Wilmington. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter: @YearUp

About Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America’s Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. In 2017, Atlanta Technical College celebrates 50 years. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit http://www.atlantatech.edu.

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