Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth receives $9,000 grant

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Students in the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth at Kennesaw State University will…

Georgia (Sep 16, 2013) — Students in the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth at Kennesaw State University will soon have a computer lab of their own, thanks to a donation from the Holly Lane Foundation.

“This grant is very important because it supports the technology needs of our students, and technology is a very important part of today’s educational environment,” said Academy Executive Director Ibrahim Elsawy.

The $9,000 grant will fund desktop computers for a new computer lab for the Academy’s 18 students. Part of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, the Academy offers a unique two-year certificate program designed to provide students with intellectual disabilities a college experience through the auditing of college-level courses, as well as courses designed to help them gain social, work and living skills so they can find jobs they want and become more independent.

“The new lab will give our students a dedicated space where they can work with their mentors,” Elsawy said. “This is very good news for the students.”

To date, the Academy has received more than $150,000 in grant funding this year, including $50,000 from the Georgia Legislature. The Academy is one of 250 programs nationwide, and the only one of its kind in Georgia.

The Holly Lane Foundation is a private foundation in Atlanta that distributes funds to nonprofits whose focus is to serve and enhance the lives of individuals or groups with developmental disabilities.

“We are very grateful for this grant,” Elsawy commented, “and we look forward to future opportunities to cooperate with the Holly Lane Foundation.”

--Jennifer Hafer



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