AUC Program Offers LCC Students Diverse Options

In 1988, Hortense Canady, John Hearns and Addie Morrow went to then LCC President Gannon to propose a truly innovative and unique partnership between Lansing Community College and the Atlanta University Center (AUC) in Georgia. When Gannon visited the AUC and spoke with officials there, he pledged LCC’s participation, which, since that time, has served hundreds of students and created opportunities far beyond the scope of what was originally envisioned.

Initially, the AUC/LCC transfer program allowed African-American students to complete the first two years of their degree at LCC and then transfer to one of four historically black colleges in Atlanta—Spelman College, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University to complete their four-year degree. LCC was the first and remains one of the few community colleges in the nation to enter into such an arrangement with the AUC. Over the years, LCC students have proved that the program is a valuable one. Teachers, doctors, lawyers, businesspeople and others have worked hard at LCC, transferred and gone on to succeed and prosper. The program has now expanded to include other historically black colleges such as Howard University in Washington, DC, and Morgan State University in Maryland.

In recent years, Spelman and LCC have come together to foster an interest in the biological and behavior sciences through the Bridges Program. Young women (Spelman is a women’s college) from LCC are invited to participate in programs on the Spelman campus. Hispanic and Caucasian women have also participated in this program. For instance, last summer, 10 students attended the Spelman College Pre-Baccalaureate Scholars Program Summer Research Institute. Enrolled in accelerated classes, the students did extensive research and presented papers on such topics as “African American Teen Suicide,” “Eating Disorders: Obesity and African American Women,” and “The New Wave in Treating Type 2 Diabetes: Biomedical Pancreas and Wireless Blood Glucose Monitor.” In September, a video conference for the campus and community on “Investigating Opportunities for Research: Students of Color in Physical, Biological and Social Sciences” was presented at LCC, sponsored by LCC and Spelman.

Students entering the program are monitored, coached and supported through their two years at LCC and even when they go away to school. An active AUC Club offers academic support as well as community involvement and fundraising. Students visit Atlanta and meet with former LCC students there as well as faculty and staff. The foundation offers scholarships throughout the course of their academic work.

According to program director Addie Morrow, “The achievements of our students are a source of great pride for us and motivational for the college and the community. Retention rates are very high, and it’s just a wonderful opportunity for our students. The program continues to grow, both in scope and size, and we anticipate continued success.”

Those interested in the AUC/LCC Transfer Program can contact Addie Morrow at 517-483-1165.

Author: Jane Whittington


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