Okefenokee Technical College

Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog

Ability to Benefit (ATB)

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Ability to Benefit Test (ATB)

Applicants who do not possess a high school diploma or GED are scheduled to take the Ability to Benefit Test. Applicants must make the minimum scores established by the Technical College System of Georgia to pass the ATB. Those who pass are eligible to apply for federal financial aid to attend school. Since regular admissions scores in most diploma programs are higher than ATB scores, the applicant may not be classified as regular admission even though he or she may have passed the ATB. Applicants to certain programs, particularly allied health programs, must possess a high school diploma or GED for admissions. Applicants for these programs will not be accepted unless they possess a high school diploma or GED.

Okefenokee Technical College’s (OTC) Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test policy and implementation procedures are in full compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education governing Ability to Benefit students. Okefenokee Technical College agrees to apply its ATB policy and procedures in a uniform manner, provide counseling and remediation as needed, maintain accurate and complete records of students admitted on the basis of ATB, and evaluate the effectiveness of the procedures used in identifying students who are capable of benefiting from the training offered.

Specifically, the ATB requirements are:

  1. All ATB applicants must meet the same requirements as all other students who graduate from Okefenokee Technical College.
  2. Persons applying on the basis of “Ability to Benefit” must take and pass either the ASSET or the COMPASS test. Both tests have been approved for applicants who are applying to technical colleges in Georgia. The test will be administered to ATB applicants by trained admissions personnel.

After students have been tested, those needing counseling will be identified by the evaluator and referred to the admissions department for counseling. Students who do not pass the ATB will be properly identified and counseled so that they can enter Learning Support courses where areas of low performance can be strengthened. The financial aid director will be notified of students who do not pass the ATB test. These students will not be eligible for financial aid benefits. Each ATB student who enters Okefenokee Technical College will receive counseling as needed. Satisfactory progress will be monitored closely. Students experiencing difficulty with their studies will be encouraged to remain after class for individual tutoring by his/her instructor. Counseling will be provided to the students, and each student will be encouraged to develop positive study habits, positive job attitudes and positive work ethics.

Re-entry of Ability to Benefit Students

All students who enter Okefenokee Technical College under the “Ability to Benefit” admissions policy and subsequently drop out or withdraw from school must be re-tested and achieve the established cut-off scores before he/she can re-enter the program. The test will be administered on a regular basis throughout the quarter.

This policy is designed to satisfy regulations stated in the December 1989 (GEN-89-55) “Dear Colleague Letter” from the U.S. Department of Education. ATB students will be informed of this requirement during testing, at conferences concerning their attendance and/or during counseling sessions where satisfactory progress is being explained to them.