August 23, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Barbering Program Receives Donation

Atlanta Technical College's Barbering Program received a donation August 19 from the family of Jefferey Gripper, Jr., a former student of the program. The Jefferey Gripper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established to support barbering students in need. "This is a blessing," said James Harris, Barbering Program chair. "Our students need support."

The initial donation will be used to purchase Marta cards for students and was presented by Jefferey Gripper III. Friends and family were on hand for the presentation. Persons interested in making a donation should forward it to the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30310.

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit


August 23, 3016

Atlanta Technical College & Valdosta State University Partner for Pathways Program

Atlanta Technical College and Valdosta State University signed important articulation agreements today. The agreements simplify student transition between the two colleges. "We are delighted to partner with Valdosta State University so that Atlanta Technical College graduates will have yet another educational option," said Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College.

The Pathways Program agreement allows Atlanta Technical College students with an Associate of Applied Science in one or more of the articulated programs to maximize the transfer of credits in order to complete either a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership, a Bachelor of Applied Science in human capital performance, or a Bachelor of Science in office administration and technology in two years or less at Valdosta State University.

"This agreement provides Atlanta Technical College students with one more option to further expand their education and enter Georgia's workforce with the knowledge and critical-thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills needed to be successful," shared Dr. Kelli Brown, interim president of VSU. "We look forward to welcoming these students into our Blazer Nation family for many years to come."

Established in 1967, Atlanta Technical College is committed to educating and nurturing a productive and competitive workforce with the skills and values necessary to attract new business and industry.

Valdosta State University is a premier comprehensive university. Established in 1906, the institution’s mission includes preparing students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning.

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit


August 17, 2016

Atlanta Tech Kicks Off Fall Semester


Faculty, staff, and student leaders took to the hallways today to give warm welcomes to new and returning students on the first day of Fall Semester. Student leaders gave out free hugs and served hot popcorn as faculty and staff offered guidance to the thousands of students who arrived today. President Alvetta Peterman Thomas spent the day meeting students and taking selfies with them. Day One was a great success.

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit


August 17, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Featured in Showcase Clayton

Atlanta Technical College was the presenting sponsor of Showcase Clayton, a job and business expo held by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce last week. The event was held at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro in the historic downtown district.

Atlanta Technical College showcased information on Admissions and Continuing Education at two exhibitor booths. Jeffrey Turner, Clayton County Board of Commissioners chairman, and Jeremy Stratton, CEO of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, were on hand to greet visitors to the free, family-friendly expo.

More than 50 exhibitors provided health screenings, food samples, and children's activities for the attendees. In addition to Atlanta Technical College, exhibitors included Chick-fil-A, the Clayton County Water Authority, and Clayton News. While businesses showcased their products and services, they also had the opportunity to network with the community and fellow business leaders. One feature of Showcase Clayton was "Show on the Road," where participants could see and hear from Clayton County elected officials and department representatives.

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit


August 15, 2016

Atlanta Tech Police Department Conducts Active Shooter Training Exercise

The ATC Police Department staged an Active Shooter Training Exercise on August 12. This full-scale emergency drill included participation by students, faculty, and staff. A number of individuals portrayed gunmen, hostages, and victims in order to make the exercise more realistic. Public safety personnel from local, state, and federal agencies were on campus with emergency vehicles and equipment. Atlanta Tech EMS students responded to those who were "hurt" on the scene.

This exercise is conducted annually so that the campus community can be better prepared for such an emergency. In addition to this drill, ATC police officers spend one Saturday per month in advanced training exercises.

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit

August 10, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Hosts August Meeting of Georgia Production Partnership

Atlanta Technical College hosted the monthly meeting of the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) earlier this month. On the same day, Governor Nathan Deal announced that "feature films and television productions shot in Georgia generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion in fiscal year 2016. The more than 240 productions represent over $2 billion in direct spending in the state." Special guest State Representative Chuck Martin said "film is big business in Georgia."

Britt Pitre, Design & Media Technology Chair at Atlanta Technical College, gave an overview of the college's programs and showed clips of student work from the 2016 Atlanta Tech Film Festival. Guests were given tours of locations where films have been shot on campus. Locations included the Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health & Technology Complex, where "Miracles from Heaven," starring Jennifer Garner, was filmed.

A panel discussion on finding film locations in Georgia included speakers Craig Dominey, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office; Tony Holley, Location Manager; Bob Smith, Douglas County Film Commission; and Wanda Morganstern, Film Friendly GA.

More than 225 persons attended the meeting. Lunch was provided by Atlanta Technical College's Culinary Arts Program.

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit


August 8, 2016

Accounting Instructor Damon Scott Featured at the AVID Summer Institute in Denver, Colorado

July 26, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Announces Partnership With Clearpoint Financial Solutions
Georgia Power Foundation Provides Funding for Financial Literacy Program

Atlanta Technical College and Clearpoint Financial Solutions have announced the pilot launch of Smart Scholars: Graduating with Cents. The program, funded in part by the Georgia Power Foundation, will empower students with financial education and resources to minimize their student loan debt.

"We're optimistic about the prospect of this program helping our students manage their finances during and after college," said Dr. Alvetta Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. "We're so grateful to the Georgia Power Foundation and Clearpoint Financial Solutions for making this pilot program possible."

The forty students who are participating in the pilot program are being coached by a dedicated financial counselor. The layered, case,management approach includes online financial literacy classes, regular one,on,one financial coaching, and creation of a monthly budget.

PBS' Need to Know reports that "the aggregate amount of all student loan debt in the country is likely to clear $1 trillion in the coming months While consumer borrowing has decreased since 2009, student loan borrowing has increased."

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit

July 26, 2016


Paralegal Studies Chair Publishes Article in National Publication

Keisha Hudson, Paralegal Studies Chair and Lead Instructor, published "Student Resume Advice 101" in the current edition of The Paralegal Educator. The article describes the responsibilities of instructors to teach skills such as resume completion.

As a legal recruiter for a decade, Hudson counseled many paralegals on how to draft resumes. Her advice in the article gives resume tips that will help students obtain gainful employment. She also provides sample resumes that detail what should be included for entry-level paralegal employment.

The most important advice for a student seeking a career in the legal industry is to "focus on transferable skills," according to Hudson. "Students need to be comfortable articulating how their experiences in a previous job or volunteering with school organizations can benefit them in their new chosen career."

For more information on the Paralegal Studies Program, contact Hudson at 404.225.4534 or

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit

July 12, 2016

Makeup Artist Essentials 101-Beginning August 13

Atlanta Technical College Office of Continuing Education is presenting Makeup Artist Essentials 101, a non-credit course. The course will be offered as a one-day course on the campus of Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA. 30310, and as a two-day course at 124 S. Main Street, Jonesboro, GA, 30236. Instructor April Bethea will provide in-depth studies and hands-on training.

The eight-hour course at Atlanta Technical College will be offered August 27, September 10, and October 29. The 16-hour off-campus course will be offered August 13-14, September 17-18, and October 8-9. Several areas essential to the art of makeup are covered, including a professional Makeup Artist Tool Kit, Skincare, and Eyelash Extensions.

For information on prices and registration, call 404.225.4487and email Seating is limited.

July 11, 2016

Instructor Scott Captivates Audience at AVID Conference


Damon Scott, accounting instructor and 2015 Teacher of the Year, recently addressed a crowd of 4000 at the AVID Conference in Denver, Colorado. His passionate, energizing speech brought the audience to its feet in thunderous applause. As soon as Scott left the stage he was mobbed by fellow educators eager to thank him for the inspiration.

“Get it straight. I don't teach accounting,” Scott said to his peers. “I use accounting to teach students how to believe in themselves.”

About AVID

AVIDs mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

July 1, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Selected for $3.7 Million Federal Grant


The White House announced a grant for $3.7 million to Atlanta Technical College for a curriculum of online and classroom learning that will include on-the-job training. “We are excited about this opportunity to serve those who have barriers to entering the workforce,” said Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. “We'll be partnering with several organizations, including the Greater Atlanta Urban League, Technology Association of Georgia, and Syntrix Consulting to make this a reality.”

Specifically, the Atlanta Tech program will target increasing skills and opportunities for employment in high growth industries including information technology, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, business, and transportation. The Technology Impact Project will serve 425 participants over the next four years. Participants will receive degrees that lead to jobs as computer programmers, database specialists, or networking specialists in Computer Programming, Database Specialist, or Networking Specialist.

The U. S. Department of Labor TechHire grants were awarded to 39 participants providing training in 25 states across the country. More than 18,000 participants will receive services through the TechHire grant program, with a focus on youth and adults ages 17-29.

Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its programs visit

June 28, 2016

Students Capture Gold in National SkillsUSA Competition


Atlanta Technical College students won the gold in the American Spirit competition of SkillsUSA. First place winners were Ahmad Johnson, Chauncy Walker, and Sykot Das. The competition was a notebook contest documenting SkillsUSA’s chapters community service, patriotism and citizenship, and promotion of career and technical education projects that demonstrate a belief in the American way of life.

Held in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the Atlanta Technical College students took first place, winning over the national competition. “They worked hard throughout the year assisting with volunteering at events such as Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, Atlanta Children’s Shelter, and Relay for Life of South Fulton”, said Student Life Coordinator Dessie Hall“. They also volunteered during events on campus including Veterans Day, Open House, Orientation, Fall Fest, and Spring Fling.“

June 28, 2016

Students Intern at David Tutera‘s “Your Wedding Experience” Events


Atlanta Technical College Hospitality students recently worked David Tutera‘s “Your Wedding Experience” at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Tutera, a celebrity wedding planner, is host of WE tv‘s “My Fair Wedding” and David Tutera‘s CELEBrations.

“Atlanta Tech seemed truly engaged in the desire to make the show a success along with our team”, Tutera said. “I can‘t stress enough how invaluable each and every one of you was to the show.”

Participating students are enrolled in the Event Coordinator Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) which allows them to gain a credential in Event Planning. This TCC is offered each semester.

Tamoura Jones, Culinary Arts and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management department chair, coordinated student participation in the event. “Thank you Ms. Jones”, said a participating student. “You provide quality opportunities that are life changing to the students.”

May 3, 2016

Atlanta Tech inducts 43 students into National Technical Honor Society

Atlanta Technical College students take the oath of the National Technical Honor Society.


Atlanta Technical College inducted 43 students into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) during the Spring Induction Ceremony on May 2.

The purpose of NTHS is to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields. Not only do NTHS students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it.

This prestigious recognition is only open to students nominated by an instructor, who are in good standing with the college, and have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher.

During the ceremony, the inductees recite the NTHS pledge and to commit to maintain the highest standard of personal conduct and to strive for excellence in all aspects of their education while upholding their obligations as citizens of their community and country.

Atlanta Technical College President Alvetta Peterman (center) with ATC National Technical Honor Society officers and inductees.

NTHS members qualify for scholarship opportunities offered by the national organization and are provided with purple and white honor cords to wear during commencement. Local, national and regional offices of NTHS can provide letters of recommendations for member, which can be shared with potential employers. Induction into the honor society is America’s foremost scholastic honor for excellence in workforce education.

The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 100,000 active members in 2016 and nearly a million since its inception in 1984. Over $225,000 in scholarships is awarded annually to its members. NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.


April 30, 2016

Lisa Smith of Georgia Power to Deliver Atlanta Technical College 2016 Commencement Address

Lisa J. Smith, region manager for Georgia Power’s Metro South Region, will serve as the speaker for the Spring 2016 Commencement at Atlanta Technical College. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Smith, who has been with the Georgia Power Company since 1997, leads the company’s operations in serving more than 265,000 customers in the southern crescent of metropolitan Atlanta. She is responsible for region operations, sales, customer service, economic and community development, and external affairs activities.

A native of Meridian, Miss., Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University. She has served as a member of the board of directors for the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and Fayette Education Foundation, and as vice president of the boards of both the Central Educational Center and Communities In Schools.

During the Spring 2016 Commencement, Atlanta Technical College will confer degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit.


April 25, 2016

LEX Holds 2016 Induction Ceremony

Four Atlanta Technical College students, Ariel Howard, Katherine McCord, Cremeithius Riggins, and Danielle Roberts, have been inducted into the paralegal honor society, Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX). The 2016 induction ceremony for the Atlanta Technical College chapter of LEX was held on April 21 at the State Bar of Georgia.

Induction into LEX signifies high levels of academic achievement. To qualify for membership in LEX, students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.2, plus a grade point average in their paralegal classes of at least 3.5. In addition, students are eligible only after they have completed two-thirds of their paralegal degree or certificate program requirements.

(L-R) The Honorable Glenn Embree, administrative law judge, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review; Danielle Roberts, LEX inductee; Sherri Allen, JD, owner, Allen Law, LLC; Ariel Howard, LEX inductee; The Honorable Kimberly Esmond Adams, judge, Superior Court of Fulton County; Katherine McCord, LEX inductee; Cremeithius Riggins, LEX inductee; and The Honorable Robert Jackson, administrative law judge, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

The keynote speaker at the induction ceremony was The Honorable Kimberly Esmond Adams, Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County. Esmond Adams was elected to the bench and began her service in January 2009 on the State of Georgias largest and busiest trial court. Prior to her election, Judge Adams served the citizens of Fulton County as a Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney where she prosecuted major, complex felony cases. Her exceptional commitment to victims and community safety earned her the coveted distinction of Special Unit Trial Attorney of the Year by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. Judge Adams began her public service career in 2002 after practicing as an employment attorney with a national labor and employment boutique. She is a past president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and a former member of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees.

Lambda Epsilon Chi became a chartered organization on the Atlanta Technical College campus fall 2014. This is the second class of paralegal students inducted through the chapter. Members of the Atlanta Technical College Paralegal Advisory Board including The Honorable Judge Glenn Embree, Sherri Allen, JD, and The Honorable Robert Jackson, attended the ceremony.

Paralegal is a robust career field. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. In addition, the Atlanta area has been designated by the BLS as one of the metropolitan areas with the highest employment levels in the field. The mean wage for paralegals/legal assistants in Georgia is $55,880.

Atlanta Technical College offers a two-year paralegal associate degree. For information on the program contact Keisha Hudson, JD at (404) 225-4534 or

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at (visited April 25, 2016).

April 17, 2016

ATC students earn 10 awards at PBL state conference

Students from Atlanta Technical College (ATC) earned 10 awards at this year’s Georgia Phi Beta Lambda(PBL)State Leadership Conference. During the conference held at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel, April 8-10, ATC students competed against peers from across the state in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top winners will compete in the 2016 PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago this summer.

This year’s winners are:


Largest Local Chapter Membership


Reva Harvey - Sales Presentation

Shanita Clark - Business Law


Chauncy Walker, Gary Kelly, Kevin Little, Eric Mason and Dabanga Guilford

Parliamentary Procedure (Team)


Sagar Das and Ahmad Johnson - Social Media Campaign (Team)


Marlicia Brewer - Entrepreneurial Concepts

Debanga Guilford - Marketing Concepts

Shante Lewis - Personal Finance

Shante Lewis - Accounting Principles

Stephen White and Leroy McIntosh - Business Ethics (Team)


Shanita Clark - Justice Administration

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (3) student business organization with nearly a quarter million members and advisers in 6,000 chartered high school and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, VA outside of Washington, D.C.

April 3, 2016

Atlanta Technical College offers two-day film production assistant course

The Continuing Education Department at Atlanta Technical College (ATC) is offering weekend film production assistant (PA) courses for people who want to pursue a career in the film industry. According to the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, film and television productions generated an economic impact of $6 billion in FY 2015. The ATC two-day production assistant course will prepare participants for entry-level jobs in this booming industry.

The non-credit, PA course is offered through the ATC Continuing Education Department. The fee is $199, and includes a complimentary CPR training course presented by the ATC American Heart Association Center. PA classes are taught by James Tripp-Haith, a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).The production assistant is the job that gets you in the door,” says Tripp-Haith. Students enrolled in the course will learn: film crew roles and responsibilities; set and office etiquette; resume writing for the entertainment industry; and set safety.

To register for the production assistant course, call 404-225-4487 or email Online registration is also available at

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March 25, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males accepting applications for the high school summer camp

Program Developed to Encourage African American Males to Acquire Leadership Skills

The Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males (AIM) is currently accepting applications for the AIM Summer Leadership Summer Camp. The four-week program is open to young men in grades 9 to 12.July 6, the young men in the AIM camp will participate in structured activities designed to build leadership skills and encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education.

The fee for the camp is $50. Breakfast and lunch are provided for all campers. The camp fee also covers visits to cultural sites and colleges throughout the state.

Parent orientation sessions will be held in the Atlanta Technical College Dennard Conference Center from 6:00 7:00 p.m. on May 5 and May 26. For additional information contact Wallace Baker at (404) 756-2706 or



March 21, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Students medal in 11 competitions at the Georgia SkillsUSA Competition

Students representing the Atlanta Technical College (ATC) chapter of SkillsUSA earned medals in 11 categories at the Georgia the SkillsUSA State Championships. Held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 17-19, 2016, the SkillsUSA State Conference and Championships was a showcase of career and technical education students where state regional contest winners, competed in trade, technical and leadership fields.

ATC students finished first in five categories including Humaniod Robotics, Commercial Banking, and Welding Art Sculpture. First-place winners are eligible to compete during the 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 20-24, 2016.

During the State Championships, elections were held for SkillsUSA State Officers. To qualify, candidates had to pass the Officer Qualification Exam, interview with the Qualifications Committee, deliver a campaign speech, and earn support from voting delegates representing all Georgia SkillsUSA chapters. Two Atlanta Tech students, Jerrod McNish and Sykot Das, were elected state officers.

Competition results

Gold Medalists:

American Spirit 1st Place - Sykot Das, Ahmad Johnson, and Chauncy Walker

Career Pathways Health Sciences 1st Place - Ronda Graham & Hazel Marshall

Commercial Baking 1st Place - Sherley Saint-Preux

Humanoid Robotics 1st Place - Carlos Keglevich and Samuel Tarfa

Welding Art Sculpture 1st Place - Ayo Abdullah

Silver Medalists:

Collision Repair Technology 2nd Place - Gilbert Bellamy

Digital Cinema 2nd Place - Michael Harris and Cory Way

Plumbing 2nd Place Tom Freeman

Bronze Medalists:

Computer Programming 3rd Place - Chelsea Newby

Photography 3rd Place - Robert Williams

Restaurant Services 3rd Place - Amadi Burt

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.

For more information, visit


March 5, 2016 Atlanta Technical College featured in the March edition of Georgia Trend Magazine


March 3, 2016


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February 8, 2016

Pharmacy students visit Grady Health System

Earlier this month, the Pharmacy Technology 3 level senior students visited the Grady Health System Inpatient Pharmacy to gain insight into the day-in-the-life of the hospital clinical pharmacist. Nicole Crutchfield, a graduate of the Atlanta Technical College Pharmacy Technology program who now works for Grady Health System, engaged the students in an interactive tour. When the group reached the Chemotherapy/Oncology Research Specialty Pharmacy, Crutchfield led them in laboratory demonstrations including Aseptic Sterile techniques.

These types of field trips are designed to create a dialogue between working practitioners and the students. The outings allow students to see how professionals in their chosen field interact with doctors, nurses, and patients. During the course of the pharmacy technology program, students hear from professionals working in a variety of medical setting; assisting them in making informed decisions about the type of facility that best suits their personal and professional goals.

February 6, 2016

Library hosts opening reception for black history quilt exhibition

The Atlanta Technical College Library will host an Opening Reception for “Patches of Us: Past & Present 2016 Quilt Display,” on Wednesday, February 10. The exhibition which will run through February 29, features colorful quilts that examine the history, race, and culture of African Americans. The reception is from 5:30 p.m. in the Atlanta Technical College Library located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (404) 225-4596 or send an email to


January 26, 2016

Atlanta Technical College to host annual counselor luncheon February 18

Atlanta Technical College will host the 2016 Counselor Luncheon on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The event which is designed to brief high school counselors from Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton Schools and Clayton County Schools on the programs and services offered at the college, will be held in the Dennard Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Representatives from the college will discuss dual enrollment programs, scholarships, campus expansion projects and new program offerings. For information on the Counselor Luncheon contact Elisa Jaden at (404) 225-4455 or

January 24, 2016

Atlanta Tech earns AVID Certified Institution Designation

Atlanta Technical College has been recognized as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) certified Institution for the 2015-2016 school year. This status is awarded to AVID institutions that have met the AVID Program Essentials and Data Collections documentation that supports program effectiveness and student progress. This self-study and validation process is designed to assist AVID campuses with achieving desired benchmarks that are precursors for academic success in college.


January 20, 2016

ATC holds convocation to welcome new students

Today, Atlanta Technical College hosted the Spring Semester New Student Convocation to welcome first-year and transfer students into the campus community. Held in the Auditorium of the Academic Complex, the event presented an opportunity for campus leaders to acquaint the students with the traditions, core values and history of the college.

This spring, Atlanta Technical College welcomed an estimated 1,236 first-year and transfer students. The New Student Convocation marked the beginning of their journey toward college completion and gainful employment. During the convocation, members of the cabinet, student leaders, academic deans and distinguished guests gave words of wisdom and advice for successful first-year matriculation. The Atlanta Technical College achievement coaches were also introduced. An Achievement coach is a member of the integrated team of instructional and operational staff that promotes academic skills-building by helping students: set and achieve academic goals, overcome adversity, and locate support resources.

To fully embrace the spirit of the college, each new student was asked to recite the Affirmation of Integrity which was adopted by the Student government Association during the 2013-2014 academic year. The affirmation reads”

-As students of Atlanta Technical College, we are expected to act honorably; demonstrate a keen sense of ethical conduct; behave respectfully, with particular consideration for others; act responsibly, being accountable for the safety and well-being of self and community; and regularly reflect upon the consequences of our thoughts, beliefs, decisions, and actions.*

-I am a person of honor and integrity.

-I respect myself and others at all times.

-I accept total responsibility for my words and actions.

-I am a victor, not a victim.

-I find solutions, not excuses.

-I am thoughtful and kind. And worthy.

-I always speak well of others.

-I keep the commitments I make.

-I am a positive, joyful person who enjoys an abundant, fulfilling life.

-I am authentic and respect the uniqueness of all people.

-I believe in Atlanta Technical College.

-I raise my handas an oath to who I am.

-I AM Atlanta Technical College.

Following the recitation, the class was officially presented to President Alvetta Peterman Thomas. To culminate the ceremony, current student leaders stood before the new students and presented each with a token to symbolize their membership in the Atlanta Technical College community.


January 14, 2016

Atlanta Tech staff and students to discuss dual enrollment on Focus Atlanta

Juli Gilyard, Maria Hernandez, and Ramona Hernandez

Atlanta Technical College students and staff recently appeared on the Focus Atlanta television show. Juli Gilyard, High School Programs Coordinator; Ramona Hernandez, ATC Early Childcare and Education Student and mother of a dual enrollment student; and Maria Hernandez, ATC dual enrollment student, talked about the benefits of Move On When Ready/Dual enrollment programs. Their interview with Keisha Lancelin of Focus Atlanta can be seen Sunday, January 17 at noon on CW69. For additional information on Atlanta Tech dual enrollment programs, click here.

Maria Hernandez, Ramona Hernandez, Juli Gilyard, and Keisha Lancelin