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Ga. Tech Gets Race To The Top Grant

Updated: 4 years ago.
A high school class in Fulton County accesses a Georgia Tech calculus class through the Institute's Distance Learning and Professional Education (DLPE) unit. This is one of the Georgia Tech STEM education programs the Race to the Top grant will help to support. (Image courtesty Georgia Tech.)

Georgia Tech says it will receive $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs through its outreach center.

The money is part of the original $400 million dollar Race to the Top grant the state won earlier this year.

Georgia Tech officials say the program will introduce new courses for students and the school also will continue to expand the Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers program that places high school teachers as partners in summer internships in industry and university research.

Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson says the program not only increases access to math, science and engineering courses for students and teachers, but also creates a more educated workforce and helps develop future leaders.

The Race to the Top fund is a $4 billion dollar federal grant provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Georgia is among nine other states and the District of Columbia to win the federal money in a competitive application process.

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