General Information - FAQs

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:        What is the Atlanta Technical College website address?
A:            www.atlantatech.edu

Q:        What is a “technical college”?
A:            A post-secondary institution of higher learning that offers associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit for a variety of rigorous academic programs focused on career and workforce development.


Q:        What are the advantages of attending Atlanta Technical College?
A:            Atlanta Technical College prepares students for high-wage, high-performance careers and offers associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit for more than 120 programs available in business and public service technologies, health and public safety technologies, and industrial and transportation technologies. 

We offer online courses as well as real-life work experiences.  More than 90 percent of Atlanta Technical College graduates are either employed or continuing education at a higher level. Atlanta Technical College is one of 25 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia and has been recognized by Washington Monthly  magazine as “America’s Best Community College” (2007) and as the only Georgia community college ranked among the top fifty (2010).  Most importantly, our student’s success is the college’s success, and the college is committed to ensuring academic achievement for our students and workforce development for the community. 

Q:        Is Atlanta Technical College accredited?
A:            Yes, Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC-SACS) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit.


Q:        What types of academic credentials does Atlanta Technical College offer?
A:            Atlanta Technical College offers associate of applied science degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit (TCC). 

Q:        What are the Atlanta Technical College Core Values?
A:            Our core values are Service, Academic Excellence, Respect and Integrity, Empowerment and Accountability, Creativity, Diversity, and Community, and these values are the guiding principles that direct our work as we fulfill our mission and implement our strategies. Whether you interact with a staff member or an administrator, attend classes taught by one of our faculty members, or meet an Atlanta Tech student in the community, you will see these values at work. To learn more about our history, mission and values click here.


Q:        What is the Nondiscrimination Policy for the college?
A:            As set forth in its student catalog, Atlanta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). For further information regarding these laws (Title VI and IX) contact Sylvie Moses, equity/special needs coordinator, Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland Dennard Center, Suite B164, 404.225.4434. Email: smoses @atlantatech.edu. To request reasonable accommodations upon enrollment (Section 504/ADA), contact Sylvie Moses, career planner/special needs, StudentAffairs Division, Cleveland Dennard Building, Suite B164, 404.225.4434. Email: smoses @atlantatech.edu. Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

Faculty and staff with questions about equity or reasonable accommodations should contact Marilyn Smith-Robinson, Director, Human Resources, Cleveland Dennard Building, suite 217, Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. 404.225.4613. Email: msmithro@atlantatech.edu

 

Q:        Who is the President of Atlanta Technical College?
A:            Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas. Click here to read a message from President Thomas. To learn more about Atlanta Technical College click here.

Q:        Can I schedule a campus tour?
A:            Yes, campus tours are scheduled through our Admissions Department. Atlanta Technical College is open for routine business Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.  For more information about campus tours, contact the campus recruiter, Elisa Jaden at 404-225-4455 ejaden@atlantatech.edu.

Q:        How do I sign up for a student email account?
A:            Atlanta Technical College provides student email accounts for all registered students. For more information click here

Q:        What is the federal school code for Atlanta Technical College?
A:            The federal school code for Atlanta Technical College is 008543.

Q:        What is the Attendance and Withdrawal policy for Atlanta Technical College?A:            Students are expected to attend all classes as scheduled. Specific attendance
requirements are established by each department and outlined in the course syllabus; however, programs governed by state and federal licensing agencies may have more specific attendance policies. Records of absences and tardiness are maintained by each instructor. Excessive absenteeism and tardiness impact work ethics evaluations and course grades.

Q:        Are there special accommodations for students with disabilities and/or special needs?
A:            Yes.  Atlanta Technical College provides program accessibility and reasonable accommodations to individuals defined as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended.  Special services assistance is designed to provide a comprehensive program of supportive services to individuals with disabilities.  Students who have a legally defined disability and wish to request accommodations must first register with the ADA/Disabilities Services and provide documentation of the disability and its effect on their ability to perform in an academic environment.  Contact Ms. Sylvie Moses, career planner/special needs, StudentAffairs Division, Cleveland Dennard Building, Suite B164, 404.225.4434. Email: smoses@atlantatech.edu. Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.


Q:        Are there student organizations and activities at Atlanta Technical College?
A:            Yes.  The campus offers a vibrant and growing student life aspect to the college experience.   The Student Government Association is very active on campus, as are many other organizations, including Phi Beta Lambda, DECA, and SkillsUSA.  Please visit click here for information on student organizations and activities.

Q:        Does Atlanta Technical College provide housing for students? 
A:            No, Atlanta Technical College is a non-residential college campus. 

Q:        Does Atlanta Technical College have a dress code?
A:            Yes, the dress code can be located in the student handbook

Q:        Do ATC students have to wear uniforms?
A:            Some programs require students to wear uniforms in accordance with the academic program requirements and the chosen career field of study.


Q:        What is the GED?
A:        The “GED” is the General Educational Development Diploma. The GED test provides adults at least 16 years of age who are beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance under state law with an opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. In order to pass the GED test, a student must pass a series of five tests in writing skills, social studies, science, interpreting literature and arts, and mathematics. Successfully passing these sections demonstrates that the student has acquired a level of learning that is comparable to that of high school graduates. There is a national standard for the minimum score an examinee can receive in order to pass the GED.         

Additional information about the GED in Georgia may be found here:  http://www.tcsg.edu/forAdultLearners.php.

Q:        Does Atlanta Technical College offer GED classes to prepare for the GED test?
A:            GED preparation classes are offered through the Adult Education Division.

Atlanta Technical College’s AE program is committed to serving minors (ages 16 and 17) and adults, ages 18 and older who wish to improve their basic academic skills such as reading, writing and math, to prepare for the GED test and become partners in the education of their children. For information click here or contact 404-225-4433 or adulted@atlantatech.edu.  

Q:        How much does it cost to take the GED test?
A:            Effective July 1, 2011, the GED costs $95 for the full test (all sections) or $19 for an individual test.

Q:        Where do I go to sign up for GED testing?
A:            Anyone interested in registering to take the GED test at Atlanta Technical College must report in person at 9 a.m. to the Admissions Office on the first Wednesday or first Thursday of each month. For additional information about GED testing at Atlanta Technical College, contact Ms. Marilyn Arrington at 404.225.4468 or marrington@atlantatech.edu. Click here for information on GED testing services.

Q:        Are there any Career Placement Services available at ATC?
A:            Yes.  The Office of Career Placement is located in the Dennard Building, room 128.    The Director of Career Placement is Mr. Michael Burnside. He can be reached at 404.225.4449 or mburnside@atlantatech.edu.  Click here for info. on career placement services

Q:        What is Atlanta Technical College job placement rate for graduates?
A:            ATC has a 90 percent job placement rate.


Q:        What companies hire Atlanta Technical College students?
A:            Atlanta Technical College has a 90 percent job placement rate for our graduates.  They are employed by a wide variety of local and regional businesses, including city, county, state and federal government agencies; local and regional restaurants and hotels, including Hyatt and Marriott hotels; national and international airlines, including Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines; automotive service companies, including BMW; law firms; local and regional hospitals; and medical offices and dental offices.


Q:        Does ATC offer day and evening classes?
A:            Yes, however, not all major programs offer courses in the evenings.  There is also a wide array of courses offered online.  Please go to www.atlantatech.edu/academics/Classschedule-onlinecourses.php for information about our online course schedule.


Q:        What is continuing education?
A:            The Continuing Education department develops short courses, workshops, and seminars for professional development and personal enrichment, usually not for academic credit toward a degree, diploma, or TCC. Certified and experienced instructors are employed to assist in the development and execution of course competences specific to the instructional requests of business and industry. On-site courses can be structured and scheduled to meet the needs of the community. Click here for a list of courses