John Hope Bryant: 2014 commencement speaker for Atlanta Technical College


John Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation HOPE, America’s first nonprofit social investment banking organization, will address the Atlanta Technical College class of 2014.  The ceremony will be held 11:00 am, Friday, May 16 at the Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Operation HOPE was founded during the Los Angeles riots in 1992.  John Hope Bryant organization has raised more than $500 million and helped to restructure another $300 million in subprime mortgages to empower the poor. Former U. S. President Bill Clinton described Bryant in his recent best-selling book, Giving as “A 41-year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. … Lean, intense, focused and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with a hand up and not a hand out.”

Bryant, author of Love Leadership and Banking on Our Future, works with HOPE global spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, bridging civil rights to silver rights.

Atlanta Technical College will celebrate their first graduates from bioscience, physical therapist assistant, associate degree nursing, criminal justice, surgical technology, dental hygiene and radiologic technology programs. These programs were launched in 2012. Students receiving technical certificates of credit, diplomas and associate degrees in business and public service technologies; health and public safety technologies; and industrial and transportation technologies.

Also included are high school students who participated in Atlanta Technical College dual enrollment programs and have completed requirements for technical certificates of credit in their programs of study. Dual enrollment partner schools include Maynard Jackson High, The Perry Center, Mundy’s Mill, Jonesboro High and Hapeville Charter School and Career Academy.

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