$2.1 Million Fed Grant Will Fund ACC’s Success Coaches

(Sept. 29, 2021) – Alamance Community College has received the highly competitive Title III Strengthening Institutions Program $2.1 million federal grant from the Department of Education. Applicants for this grant were nationwide, and out of a large pool of community colleges and universities, ACC was one of the few recipients in the US.

PACE – Persistence from Application to Completion in Education is ACC’s self-titled initiative that was awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program. PACE success coaches will initiate, and strengthen relationships with students throughout their time at ACC.

“The PACE program at Alamance Community College is a game changer,” said College President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “It is imperative that we are successful in supporting students through graduation or industry-certified credentials to meet the workforce needs of the 21st century.”

Like many other two-year schools across the nation, Alamance Community College has grappled with student retention rates. Traditionally, students in the community college system face a multitude of challenges balancing work, education, finances, family obligations, and possible poverty and food insecurity. This grant will provide additional staff equipped to provide the support students need throughout their tenure on the ACC campus.

The full-time success coaches will build effective relationships with students, and act as the main point of contact to support services within the college and beyond.

“Having full-time dedicated success coaches through the PACE program will ensure that every student at ACC has a go-to person to help support them on their journey,” said Rose Webster, Department Head of Advising. “The coaches will also work jointly with the academic advisors to help our students stay on track towards their academic and career goals. Every student is capable of being successful. Their success coach will show them how to get there.”

Success coaching on college campuses is a powerful tool because the coaches use predictive analytics and proactive case management to monitor student grades, attendance, and more to provide outreach to students when they need it the most.

The PACE program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education grant for a five-year period.