AT&T Awards $12,000 to Clayton State University in Support of the Early Start Program

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

AT&T is supporting Clayton State University’s goal of giving freshmen a strong start by awarding $12,000 to the school’s Early Start program.
The contribution will allow 24 students to participate in the summer program, offering academic coaching and additional services to help the students seamlessly transition into college life.
“Our summer programs allowing students to start college early have demonstrated early success.  We’re excited that AT&T sees the success of this program and is willing to provide the opportunity for more students to participate,” said Dr. Stephen Schultheis, assistant vice-president of enrollment management at Clayton State University.

The Early Start program gives newly matriculated students an opportunity to complete their degrees at an accelerated pace in a small, supportive learning environment prior to the start of the fall term.
Students earn six college credits toward their degree at the completion of the program.
During the summer intensive program, students take academic skills workshops and learning style assessments to build strong study habits, as well as participate in leadership development and social networking opportunities.
The program was developed off the demonstrated success of the University’s Bridge program, which offers similar academic programming for students who may have not met all requirements on college entrance exams but show academic promise.
The gift will assist in covering the cost of housing, providing immediate savings to students as they get a jump on college.
The Clayton State University Foundation accepted the $12,000 gift from AT&T Aspire, the telecommunications company’s signature philanthropic program that promotes academic achievement and prepares youth to graduate college and career ready.

“At AT&T, we are committed to helping people connect with their world and opportunities that make life more fulfilling,” said Fatimot Ladipo, AT&T Georgia regional director of external and legislative affairs. “We are proud to support Clayton State University’s Bridge program, helping prepare their college freshmen – Georgia’s future – to reach their academic dreams.”