Partnership with King Faisal University Enters Second Year, Program Offerings to Expand
Last year, when King Faisal University (KFU) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) signed a six-year service contract to begin a technical college in Alahsa, Saudi Arabia, Atlanta Technical College was chosen to be the lead institution on the project. The partnership began with the implementation of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program on the KFU campus in Alasha, Saudi Arabia. Currently, there are 14 Atlanta Technical College employees delivering ESL instruction to the students.
With the ESL program now in place, the second year of the project will soon begin with the addition of five credit programs at KFU. To ensure its success, the Joint Oversight Development Committee consisting of the educators from KFU and the presidents of the three TCSG colleges involved in the program, Athens Technical College, Atlanta Technical College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College, met at the TCSG system office in Atlanta on March 1. Their discussions focused on the credit program offerings along with faculty qualifications, curriculum development, and program expectations.
Plans are for KFU to offer the following credit programs beginning fall 2013: Health Information Technology, Health, Safety and Environmental Inspector, Information Security Specialist, Inspection Technician, and Internet Specialist-Website Design. To ensure that the programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Atlanta Technical College as the lead college in the project and will sign the memorandum of understanding with KFU.
According to Dr. Ahmed Al-Shoaibi, the KFU vice president of development and community services, KFU has recently signed an agreement with Saudi Aramco, the largest oil producer in the world, to provide qualified workers for the company’s workforce. KFU is confident that this project with the Georgia-based colleges will provide the technical programs needed to meet the high workforce standards set by Saudi Aramco.
PHOTO: seated (L-R): Dr. Sanford Chandler, assistant commissioner, TCSG Global Initiatives; Dr. Nourredine Khababa, associate professor of finance, graduate studies executive supervisor, KFU; Dr. Ahmed Al-Shoaibi, VP of development & community services, KFU; Dr. Craig McDaniel, president, Georgia Northwestern Technical College; and Dr. Alvetta Thomas, president, Atlanta Technical College.
Standing (L-R): Dr. Dan Smith, VP of institutional effectiveness, Athens Technical College; Phyllis Pool, coordinator, research, development & planning, TCSG Global Initiatives; Pete McDonald, VP of economic development, Georgia Northwestern Technical College; Dr. Adnan Almulhem, College of Applied Studies and Community Service, KFU; Dr. Abdulhakim Jawad Almatar, director of institutional accreditation, KFU; Dr. Flora Tydings, president, Athens Technical College; Heidi Popham, VP of institutional effectiveness, Georgia Northwestern Technical College; and Dr. Gladys Hodges-Camp, VP of academic affairs, Atlanta Technical College.