Quality Enhancement Plan - Engagement Drives GPC Education

Make It Personal: College Completion

Georgia Perimeter College was awarded the Make It Personal: College Completion (MIPCC) grant from the American Association of Community Colleges and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to participate in a national demonstration project that focuses on student retention and success by addressing teen and unplanned pregnancy and healthy relationships. Creating curriculum-based strategies using service learning as a focus, GPC faculty endeavor to improve student retention and provide resources that students need to complete their college goals. Over the course of the grant, replicable curricular content and materials developed by GPC faculty will be made available for use by other community college faculty.

GPC Faculty Get Involved

The following GPC faculty members received micro-grant funding for their efforts to create MIPCC curriculum for exisitng GPC courses:

  • Dr. Dana Wiggins (History, Dunwoody Campus)
  • Dr. Tyrie Smith (English / Sustainability, Decatur Campus)
  • Ms. Natalie Stickney (Physical Education, Clarkston Campus)
  • Ms. Tamra Ortgies-Young (Political Science, Dunwoody Campus)

Quick Facts about Unplanned Pregnancy and Community Colleges:

  • There are 11.5 million students in community colleges, representing nearly half (46%) of all undergraduate students in the United States. (Source)
  • Only two out of ten students at two-year institutions report receiving information from their college on pregnancy prevention, compared to 33% of students at four-year institutions. (Source)
  • Two-thirds of community college students report having sex in the last 30 days, and among those less than one-quarter (24%) report consistent use of condoms. (Source)
  • Half of all pregnancies in the United States -- three million annually -- are unplanned. (Source)
  • More than one-third of all unplanned pregnancies (1.1 million) are to unmarried women in their 20s. In fact, seven in ten pregnancies among unmarried women in their 20s are unplanned. (Source)
  • Nearly half (48%) of community college students have even been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant. (Source)
  • Unplanned pregnancies increase the risk of dropping out or stopping out of college -- 61% of women who have children after enrolling in community college fail to finish their degree, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who didn't have children. (Source)