News release from ABAC/AT&T
TIFTON, GA., November 9, 2009 — The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation, Inc. has been awarded a $48,297 grant from AT&T Georgia to expand the use of video instruction and communications to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The College is a student-centered institution and serves as a key point of access to higher education for under-prepared students.
Evening, off-campus, and online courses furnish educational opportunities for individuals who are unable to attend classes in the traditional setting. The College provides administrative services and facilities that enable community and state organizations, as well as other units of the University System of Georgia, to bring seminars, meetings, and upper-level and graduate instruction to the region.
In addition to videos of class work or lectures, faculty can also send emails. Different videos are also used to direct students for review if a particular topic is not understood. This allows students who understand to move ahead and students who are struggling an opportunity to review.
PHOTO- ABAC faculty member Melanie Partlow, Senator John Crosby, Dr. Chrystle Ross, ABAC Chief Information Officer; AT&T Regional Manager Courtney Brinson; ABAC Grants and Development Director Betty McCorvey, Rep. Austin Scott, Rep. Jay Roberts, and Jody Redding from U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s office.
“Our vision of connecting people helps shape our role as a corporate citizen. For us, corporate citizenship begins by supporting the communities where we live and work”, said Courtney Brinson, Regional Manager, External and Legislative Affairs. “Companies, like AT&T, are able to invest in innovative programs like the one being supported today because of the public policy positions our legislature takes on business issues.
I would like to commend our local legislators for helping to create an environment that recognizes the importance of investing in our communities and in education.”
These legislators are: State Senator John Crosby, State Representative Austin Scott and State Representative Jay Roberts.