North Georgia Technical College is one of 12 institutions selected to join a national network organized by a non-profit centered around education reform.
It is called the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.
North Georgia Tech joins schools in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Texas, New York, California, Kentucky, and Wisconsin in entering the network this year.
By joining this network, officials said each school commits to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement.
Achieving the Dream officials said it is based on four principles and frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.
The Achieving the Dream organization said its network includes over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams that work throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia.
The organization went on to say that North Georgia Technical College will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies through the network for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates.
North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton said the school believes this will increase opportunities for student access, increase the graduation rate, produce more graduates for the workplace, and ultimately make the community more economically competitive.