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December 1, 2016

Dr. Victoria Seals Named President of Atlanta Technical College

Today the campus community welcomed Dr. Victoria Seals as the sixth president of Atlanta Technical College.

About Dr. Seals

Dr. Seals joined Gwinnett Technical College in September 2005 as an instructor for mathematics, advanced to division director for arts and sciences, and was named dean of academic affairs in 2011. In addition to leading the growth of the Arts and Sciences Division, Dr. Seals helped guide Gwinnett Tech's faculty and staff development program, as well as several student retention initiatives.

Dr. Seals began her teaching career in Athens, GA. She was employed by Athens-Clarke County Public Schools for two years and Athens Technical College for six years. During her time in Athens, Dr. Seals also served as an assistant basketball coach for the Clarke Central High School girls' basketball program and as a tutor/proctor for The University of Georgia Athletic Department.

She is a member of Leadership Gwinnett's Class of 2011 as well as the 2013 class of the Technical College System of Georgia's Executive Leadership Academy. She is also an active member of the American Association of Community Colleges, American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges, Technology Association of Georgia, Women in Educational Leadership, and the Greater Alpharetta Technology Network.

Dr. Seals attended Spelman College, where she was awarded a B.S. in mathematics, and The University of Georgia where she was awarded an M.A. in mathematics, an Ed.S. in mathematics education, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership.

"As I transition into this exciting opportunity at Atlanta Technical College, I appreciate the confidence and support of Commissioner Corbin and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) state board," said Dr. Seals. "I am proud to have served Gwinnett Technical College's students and faculty for more than 11 years and to have been a part of the college's growth, both in the addition of a new campus in Alpharetta and in the development of innovative programming and industry partnerships. At the same time, I am excited about the privilege to work with the Atlanta Technical College faculty, staff, students, and community. The college has an impressive heritage in serving students and forging business and workforce development connections. I look forward to what the future holds.

"Dr. Seals' deep experience in education, especially at Gwinnett Technical College, which is one of the largest colleges in our system, is just one of the many outstanding qualities she brings to her new position at Atlanta Technical College," said TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. "Dr. Seals has long been a rising star within Georgia's Technical College System and under her leadership, the Atlanta Tech team will continue to build on the great foundation that Dr. Thomas has laid."

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia's top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia's Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation's top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

November 30, 2016

Students Honored for Academic Excellence by the National Technical Honor Society

Atlanta Technical College held its National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Induction ceremony November 28. The NTHS awards over $200,000 in scholarships annually to members and honors the academic achievement of students in career and technical education. Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College, incoming President Dr. Victoria Seals, and Board Chair Darris Rollins were all present at the ceremony.

To be considered for membership in the NTHS, students had to meet several requirements. "They had to possess a cumulative 3.5 GPA, earn 24 credit hours from Atlanta Technical College, and pursue a diploma or degree program," said Dessie Hall, student life coordinator.

Kevin Little, NTHS member, presided over the ceremony. In her remarks to students and guests, Dr. Thomas said, "You're sitting in these seats because the faculty and staff of Atlanta Technical College have poured a great deal into you… Always be leaders."

The following students were inducted into the NTHS:
Katelyn Bernard-Wilson,Sarah Brock,Barbara Butler,Damber Dahal,Sykot Das,Christopher Francis,Yedidiya Gessesse,Georgia Gloster,Teresa Hood-Thomas,KiAndra Hudson,Kristen Jones,Fateemah McCastle,Danthia McLester,Carmen Melara,Terence Menefee,Kim Miles,Luweeta Ojeiwa,Keyanna Parker,LaDedra Pass,Stacey-Ann Ritchie,Charlene Shaw,Erica McGhie Smith,Arianna Starr,Stephanie Suero,Stephanie Thompson,Tameya Vanc

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. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, www.atlantatech.edu

November 15, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Foundation Announces 2016 Fall Scholarship Recipients

The Atlanta Technical College Foundation recently announced its 2016 fall scholarship recipients.

American Building Supply, Inc. Scholarship:
Delores Williams, Construction Management
Duane Brooks, Carpentry

Atlanta Technical College Student Scholarship
Deidre Henley, Cosmetology
Jenish Kumar Patel, Health Information Coding
Luweeta Ojeiwa, Paralegal Studies
Robin Edwards, Culinary Arts
Toya Clayton, Cosmetology

Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health Scholarship
Krishana Cureton, Dental Hygiene
Esskia Hastings, Radiologic Technology
Carron Barron, Jr., Radiologic Technology
Nythia Elie, Radiologic Technology

Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Memorial Scholarship, Category I
Wanesha Wright, Radiologic Technology
Category III Ronda Graham, Nursing

Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation Scholarships in memory of Dr. Brenda Watts Jones
Natasha Ponder, Radiologic Technology
Robin Edwards, Culinary Arts

OneMain Financial Scholarship
Shaunika Tigner-Hajdasz, Design & Media Production
KiAndra Hudson, Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management

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. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, www.atlantatech.edu

November 8, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Graduate is Georgia Production Partnership's Featured Speaker

Judiffier Perry Pearson, a 1998 graduate of the Atlanta Technical College Cosmetology and Barbering program, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP). GPP is a coalition of companies and individuals active in Georgia's film, video, music, and interactive game industries.

Currently working as a film and entertainment business consultant for the UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University, Pearson develops key strategies for entertainment related companies. Her advice to film professionals who want to turn their crafts into companies is simple. "If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready," she says.

Pearson also has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Georgia and a Master's of Business Administration in Leadership and Organizational Management from Georgia State University. The GPP meeting was held on the Atlanta Tech campus.

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. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, www.atlantatech.edu

November 8, 2016

Atlanta Technical College and Georgia Military College Sign Articulation Agreement

Atlanta Technical College graduates have yet another option to continue their education thanks to an articulation agreement signed with Georgia Military College. The goal of the agreement is to provide Associate of Applied Science (AAS) graduates of select Atlanta Technical College programs an opportunity to continue on with Georgia Military College to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Under the agreement, any Atlanta Technical College student graduating with the AAS degree and having at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of technical/occupational credit accepted as transfer by Georgia Military College, is guaranteed admission into one of the college's BAS degree programs in Business Management or Supervision and Management.

"We are so pleased to partner with Georgia Military College so that Atlanta Technical College graduates will have even more educational options," said Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. "It is essential that students have as many pathways as possible to help them reach their goals."

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. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, www.atlantatech.edu

November 7, 2016

President Thomas to Assume Presidency of Southern Crescent Technical College

President Alvetta Peterman Thomas has announced that she will be leaving Atlanta Technical College (ATC) to become president of Southern Crescent Technical College on December 1, 2016.

Southern Crescent Technical College is a multi-campus unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and serves the workforce and community needs of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, Upson, and Taylor counties.

As Atlanta Technical College's president since 2008, Dr. Thomas leaves a legacy of spirited service, open doors, and deep concern for students, faculty, and staff. Under her leadership, the college saw unprecedented growth, achievement, and national recognition. Among her many accomplishments are the expansion of student services,corporate partnerships, global initiatives, program offerings, facilities improvements, and financial support of the college.

The following is an excerpt of a message she sent to faculty and staff.

One of the best parts of the journey has been traveling with the faculty and staff on this campus a group of people who genuinely care about this college and the students we serve. Together, we have done some amazing things through the years. We have increased the number of students who benefit from the services on our campus, and we have expanded the services available to them by boosting course offerings, developing a vibrant student life program, and providing more opportunities for scholarships and other types of financial support, much of which is the direct result of your contributions to the employee giving campaign.

Many of you were here when we received initial COC accreditation, and many others have used that hallmark moment as an impetus to receive program accreditations. We have renovated our facilities, updating instructional and student spaces, replacing and regulating the HVAC system in the Academic Complex, increasing the space and holdings in the library, building the Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Complex, creating the Student Success Center, and beautifying our landscape and hardscape surfaces.

Our student life experiences have greatly increased with active participation in local, state, and national organizations and recognitions on all levels for professional and skills competitions, including two State GOAL winners. The student's successes mirror those of their teachers and advisors. I have often said that there is no faculty and staff in the world like the people we have at Atlanta Technical College, and it is true. You represent the college in national and professional organizations and present research and best practices at conferences across the country. Your individual commitments to lifelong learning have resulted in increased graduate credentials among the faculty and staff, thus raising the profile of the college in the higher education community.

Our work demonstrates that we always put students first, and, as a result, their success and the success of the college follow. I appreciate all the work that you continue to do, and, most of all, I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to serve with you.

Dr. Thomas joined the ATC team in 1997 as vice president of academic affairs. Prior to that she served as executive director at Skills for Tomorrow Charter High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; instructional support services coordinator at the Technical College System of Georgia, then known as the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE); education specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense; teacher and curriculum specialist in the Savannah Chatham County Schools; and adjunct assistant professor at Alabama State University.

A member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009, Dr. Thomas has been recognized by the Fayette County NAACP as a Champion of Change and with a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council. Among her numerous accolades are honors by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Women's History Project, Atlanta Business League, Woman's University, and The Esquires, Inc. Most recently, The University of Georgia honored Dr. Thomas with a 2016 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award.

Dr. Thomas has shared her knowledge of best practices in postsecondary education in presentations at numerous regional and national conferences. She serves on the boards of Horizons Atlanta, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, Metro RESA, as well as memberships in Civitan International and the West End Rotary Club. She is also actively engaged with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Business League, and Leadership Atlanta.

Dr. Thomas and her husband, AJ, reside in Fayetteville, Georgia. They are the parents of two and the grandparents of three.

Dr. Victoria Seals, vice president of academic affairs at Gwinnett Technical College, has been named the new president of ATC. She will step into the chief executive role on December 1, 2016.

November 7, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Opens 4th Annual Photo Show at Arts Clayton

Best in Show by Bridget Haines

Atlanta Technical College held its 4th Annual Photo Show Opening Reception last month at Arts Clayton in Jonesboro. The Open Studio exhibit began featuring student photographs October 12 and will end October 27. Four awards were given to students who exhibited their works in the juried competition.

Award winners were Bridget Haines, Best of Show; Divante King, First Place; Christopher Eubanks, Second Place; and Robert Williams, Third Place. Each winner received a certificate presented by Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College.

Arts Clayton Gallery is a retail art gallery located in historic downtown Jonesboro. All works exhibited are original works of art.

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. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, www.atlantatech.edu

November 7, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Rated No. 1 Dental Hygiene Program in the United States

Atlanta Technical College has been ranked as the No. 1 dental hygiene program in the United States for 2016-2017 by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. The online resource for higher education rated Atlanta Technical College's program the best among two-year colleges.

"There are dozens of new dental hygiene schools popping up across the country each year," said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. "Our job was to determine which were offering the best overall combination of quality, value, and student services to help the next generation of dental hygienists succeed."

In order for consideration, Atlanta Technical College had to be accredited and provide students career placement services or assistance after graduation. Student-teacher ratios and graduation rates were also used to determine the college's placement on the list.

Atlanta Technical College was noted as a college where a completion of the applied science degree in dental hygiene would result in employment upon graduation. The college was also lauded for its academic advising, tutoring, learning support, and computer lab services.

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. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, www.atlantatech.edu

November 4, 2016

Shondia McFadden-Sabari Inspires Students At SGA Breast Cancer Awareness Program

Atlanta Technical College's Student Government Association (SGA) brought Breast Cancer Activist Shondia McFadden-Sabari to campus recently for an inspiring speech on breast cancer awareness. McFadden-Sabari heads the Bold and Breastless Foundation, an organization that works tirelessly to spread the message of early breast cancer detection. She was introduced by Kalena Shaw, SGA.

One of five breast cancer survivors honored recently by the Atlanta Falcons, McFadden-Sabari was also featured on FOX5 News. The South Carolina native was also honored at a luncheon given by U. S. Congressman James Clyburn.

At the age of 36, she received the surprise of her life when she was diagnosed. "I had no symptoms but something told me to get a mammogram," she said. "I believe it was divine intervention."

After becoming cancer-free, McFadden-Sabari's goal is to "inspire and motivate." She credits her praying grandmother as her inspiration.

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. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, www.atlantatech.edu

October 21, 2016

President Alvetta Peterman Thomas Receives 2016 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award from
The University of Georgia Graduate School

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College, received the 2016 Graduate School Alumni of Distinction Award last night from The University of Georgia Graduate School.

Past honorees include former Bell South Executive Carl Swearingen and former U. S. State Department Official Karl Wycoff. The award recognizes those who achieve extraordinary success in their professional careers and in service to the community. Recipients have been recognized at the regional, national, and international levels as evidenced by publications and awards received, serving as mentors and role models in their profession, and contributing to their local and global communities. Their achievements exemplify the UGA mission,"to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things."

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 www.atlantatech.edu

October 19, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Hosts Fall Open House October 29 -Application Fee To Be Waived

Atlanta Technical College will host a Fall Open House on October 29 from 10am until 1pm. The event will provide information about the admissions process, financial aid, support services, and life outside of the classroom. Degree, diploma, and certificate programs and transfer partnerships with four-year colleges and universities will be covered. The Fall Open House will be held in the Auditorium on the college's campus, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30310.

Information tables, labs, and tours will be available throughout the event, and the application fee will be waived. Admission overviews will be presented at 10am, 11am and noon. Please register at atcopenhouse.eventbrite.com

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 www.atlantatech.edu

October 19, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Hosts Civil Rights Symposium for Students

Atlanta Technical College's departments of Criminal Justice & Paralegal Studies hosted a symposium last night to discuss issues related to the recent police shootings. More than 30 criminal justice, paralegal, and early childhood education students attended the forum.

Panelists included area judges, attorneys, and law enforcement officials. Attorney Sherri Allen, Allen Law, LLC, moderated the panel.

Topics included community policing, recent issues in the national media, and Fourth and First Amendment rights when protesting events. Attorney Keisha D. Hudson, chair & lead instructor, Paralegal Studies at Atlanta Technical College, organized the event. For more information on Paralegal Studies, please contact Khudson@atlantatech.edu or 404.225.4534.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

October 11, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Installs Student Government Association Officers for 2016-2017


      Chauncy Walker                        Sykot Das


      Kalena Shaw                             Jarrod McNish

The Student Government Association (SGA) officers were recently installed for 2016-2017. Officers are: Chauncy Walker, president; Sykot Das, vice president; Jarrod McNish, secretary/treasurer; and Kalena Shaw, reporter/historian.

President Alvetta Peterman Thomas said, "When I watch the former officers and those who are being installed, my heart is full because I have had the opportunity to watch them grow."

The 2015-2015 SGA officers passed the torch to the newly elected officers. Terrence Whitehead, outgoing treasurer, said, "Finish strong so you can go into your next adventure strong." The newly elected SGA officers also have some words of wisdom. Kalena Shaw says, "I want to especially encourage single mothers to find a balance. We do have a support system here at Atlanta Tech, and we need to use it."

Secretary/Treasurer Jerrod McNish sees Atlanta Tech's campus monitors and new mobile apps as ways to increase student participation in campus life. "I read the monitors every day," McNish says. "Our students can learn what's going on and get involved."

Vice President Sykot Das wants to work closely with the president to recruit more students to become leaders. "We want students to apply what they've learned at Atlanta Tech to the next stage of life," he says.

As incoming president, Chauncy Walker's dream is getting 100 per cent participation in student life. "I want to make students aware of what they can achieve just by getting involved," he says.

The Student Government Association is facilitated by Dessie Hall, student life coordinator. For more information on Student Life, please contact dhall@atlantatech.edu or 404.225.4588.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

October 6, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Rated One of America's Top 50 Affordable Colleges Online for 2016-2017

Atlanta Technical College was rated one of America's most affordable colleges online for 2016-2017. The ranking came from Affordable Colleges Online, an organization that rates both two-year and four-year institutions. As one of the top 50 two-year institutions ranked, Atlanta Technical College offers online programs that lead to degrees and certificates in numerous areas.

Lauded for its student-teacher ratio, placement, and counseling services, Atlanta Technical College was one of two Georgia two-year institutions to receive the national ranking. Atlanta Technical College ranked 47.

Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. For more information on Atlanta Technical College's online programs contact Shawn Adams, Associate VP of evening, weekend and online programs at sadams@atlantatech.edu or 404-225.4005.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

October 5, 2016

Dr. Tolecia Clark Selected for ASM-LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative Fellowship

Dr. Tolecia Clark, an instructor in Atlanta Technical College's Bioscience Technology program, has been selected for the prestigious ASM-LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFR) Fellowship. The fellowship is supported by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

"Her application was selected as a stellar example of an active researcher committed to student learning in undergraduate STEM fields," said Barry Bates, Bioscience Technology program coordinator. The award offers training, mentoring, and assists in costs of travel expenses to support Dr. Clark's participation in the November 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Clark has already begun online training and is excited about what it means for her career as an instructor and scientist. "We're talking about developing three types of mentors," said Dr. Clark. "Research mentors, professional development mentors, and teaching mentors are all areas I'm focusing on now. I really like the notion of professional development from a one-year to five-year perspective."

As a full-time instructor at Atlanta Technical College, Dr. Clark is excited about making science fun for her students. "I want my students to enjoy science,"she said. "I think of science as seeing a problem, thinking through the facts, and coming up with a creative solution. At the end of the day, I want them to become better students in any classroom because of their knowledge of science."

North Carolina State University has partnered with Dr. Clark to bring the research of lignin biopolymer onto the campus of Atlanta Technical College. Dr. Clark is a 2016 recipient of the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and has also served as a visiting faculty scholar at North Carolina State University.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

September 30, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Rated One of Georgia's Top 25 Colleges for Online Courses & Programs

Atlanta Technical College was named one of Georgia's top 25 colleges for online courses and programs in 2016. The rating was designated by onlinecolleges.com, a site that helps students find affordable, high quality online colleges that meet their specific needs. onlinecolleges.com ranked more than 2500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services, and the availability of online programs.

Ranked number 19 on the list of 50 colleges, Atlanta Technical College features include accreditation, a digital library, Title IV and AP credit. Other features include placement services and an open admissions policy. Atlanta Technical College received a score of 90.4 in the ranking.

For more information on Atlanta Technical College's online programs contact Shawn Adams, associate VP of evening, weekend, and online programs, at sadams@atlantatech.edu or 404.225.4005.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

September 30, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Early Learning Center Earns National Accreditation

Atlanta Technical College's Early Education Center received national program accreditation this week from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This represents the highest quality of service and means that the center has gone beyond licensing regulatory requirements.

"Program accreditation standards represent the highest quality and reflect research-based, best practices in early childhood education,"said Dr. Marsha Whittle, center coordinator. "Accreditation publicly confirms that our center meets national or state quality standards."

Since 1985, NAEYC's national accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children. NAEYC promotes growth-oriented early learning for all children, birth through age 8, through counseling practices, policy, and research. For more information on NAEYC, visit http://www.naeyc.org

For more information on the Atlanta Tech Early Education Center and its programs email mwhittle@atlantatech.edu or call 404.225.4618.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

September 20, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Sends Delegation to Germany
Celebrating 20th Year of Halle Exchange

Atlanta Technical College celebrated its 20th year of exchanging students, faculty and internship experiences with Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg by sending a delegation to Detmold, Germany, in September. Making the trip are faculty delegates Jim Gale (Teacher of the Year), Hector Celis, and Cathy Clements. Students participating are Tabius Clay, Andrea Collins, Patrice Mitchell, Tashena Nelson, Albert Battle, John Buabeng, Darrien Slaton, Milton Taylor, Tres'ton Bostic, Shannell Brent, Antoinette Wilson, Francis Ojiaku, and Sherley Saint Preux. During the visit, students from both schools attend classes together in their shared fields of study for the first week, while faculty members collaborate with peers in their fields. In the second week, students and faculty participate in industry/business mini-internships. The delegation also visits culturally and historically significant sites.

On October 1, 1997, Atlanta Technical College agreed in principle with the Felix-Fechenbach School to do the exchange. This was the first such exchange program done by a technical college in Georgia. A formal agreement between the colleges was signed on September 28, 1998. The motto of the Halle Exchange is "Living, Learning, and Working Together. The two colleges share fields of study, including Air Conditioning Technology, Carpentry, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electronics, and Hospitality. In February 2017 students from Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg will travel to Atlanta and reside with Atlanta Technical College students who are partnering with them now in Germany.

In 2005, the exchange was officially named for Dr. Claus Halle, former president of Coca-Cola International and a native of Detmold,Germany, for his strong advocacy of the program and Atlanta Technical College. Dr. Eike Jordan is chairman of the Halle Foundation, which continues to support the exchange after the death of Dr. Halle.

"Dr. Halle's mission was to expand understanding and respect between peoples and nations around the world, said Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president, Atlanta Technical College. "Through the leadership of Dr. Eike Jordan, the Halle Foundation is helping to fulfill that mission."

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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September 19, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Hosts Sixth Annual Mentor Walk

Atlanta Technical College hosted the Sixth Annual Carolyn Young Mentor Walk September 17. Young, wife of Ambassador Andrew Young, read to students and rallied the crowd of K-12 students and their parents.

Age-specific skill building sessions and occupational modules gave students hands-on understanding of possible careers they can choose for the future. Hosted by the Campus Community Partnership Foundation (C2P0), the Mentor Walk was free for parents and students.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College; Dr. Rich DeMillo, Campus Community Partnership; Matt Westmoreland, Atlanta Public School's board member and assistant director of Horizons Atlanta; and Gail Hayes, former director Atlanta Civic Site-Annie E. Casey Foundation, discussed preparing kids for the next level in a panel discussion. Linda Dunikoski, deputy district attorney for Fulton County, moderated the panel. Also attending was Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India. His wife, Pragya Singh, read to students. Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell brought greetings on behalf of the city.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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September 19, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Hosts Information Sessions
for Surgical Technology Program October 12
-National Salaries Top $76,225

Atlanta Technical College will host information sessions for its Surgical Technology Degree and Certificate programs October 12, 2016, at 1 pm and 3pm in room H225 of Atlanta Technical College's Allied Health Building. "National salaries for a surgical technologist can top $76,225 in areas where there are more job availabilities than experienced persons to fill them," according to www.careerbuilder.com.

"People don't know that the person who assists the doctor in surgery is the surgical technician, not the nurse," says Kimberly Carter, program coordinator, Surgical Technology. "Average local salaries can range from $30,000 to $40,000 for persons receiving an Associate Degree in Surgical Technology to $30,000 for those who complete the Central Sterile Supply certificate program."

The Surgical Technology Degree program is five semesters and prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in the surgical field. Surgical technologists can work at a hospital or for a private doctor or surgical center. The Central Sterile Supply Processing Technician Certificate program is new. It is offered in the evening and requires only two semesters to complete. "You can go anywhere with this certificate," says Carter. "Salaries in some states are higher than others."

For more information on Surgical Technology at Atlanta Technical College, please contact Kimberly Carter at 404.225.4509 or kcarter@atlantatech.edu.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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September 7, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Pledges Assistance to ITT Technical Institute Students

Atlanta Technical College has pledged its assistance to ITT Tech students displaced by the school's closing. ITT Tech students can continue their education at Atlanta Tech in October and are invited to special information sessions September 12 (5-7pm), September 15 (5-7pm), September 16 (9am-1pm), September 22 (5-7pm), September 23 (9am-1pm), and September 29 (9am-1pm). The application fee will be waived for these students.

Interested ITT Tech students should contact us at 404.225.4455 or email recruitment@atlantatech.edu.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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September 2, 2016

Atlanta Tech Alumni Are Making An Impact

-Culinary Arts Graduate Wins New Home for Former Teacher

-Bioscience Grad Conducts Vital Research While Earning Ph.D.

-Alumnus Named Executive Chef at One Flew South


August 30, 2016

Atlanta Technical College & Atlanta Public Schools Partner for the Atlanta College & Career Academy

Atlanta Technical College and the Atlanta Public Schools have partnered to create the Atlanta College and Career Academy (ACCA) to prepare high school students for high demand, highly skilled technical careers. "The Atlanta College and Career Academy gives students educational options to succeed in the workforce," said Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College.

Programs offered during the 2016-2017 school year include Computer Information Systems (Networking Specialists), Design & Media Technology, and Health Information Management Technology. The ACCA is the first regional college and career academy in a major metropolitan area in the state of Georgia.

Funded by a $3.3 million grant announced by the board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the 21st century technical center has broad-based community backing. Elected officials, business leaders, and local educational institutions have lent their support. Additionally, representatives from Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta Public Schools, Achieve Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kaufman Tire, Inc. and Holder Construction Company have been named to serve on the ACCA board.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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August 30, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Prepares Graduates for Careers
in Georgia's Fastest Growing Jobs

Atlanta Technical College can prepare you for employment in the fastest growing jobs in Georgia that don't require a bachelor's degree. According to ajc.com, "eleven hot Georgia jobs pay more than $50k and don't require a bachelor's degree." The top eleven are dental hygienist, $67,600/year; paralegal/legal assistant, $51,200/year; radiologic technologist, $50,400/year; registered nurse, $61,600/year; web developer, $73,000/year. All of these jobs require an associate's degree that can be obtained by enrolling at Atlanta Technical College and completing a two-year program.

The next six jobs listed in ajc.com, telecommunications equipment installer, $52,500/year; supervisor of construction, $57,300/year; supervisor of office, administrative support worker, $52,300/year; property, real estate, community association manager, $69,000/year; real estate sales agent, $52,900/year and sales representative, wholesale and manufacturing tech, $61,300/year, require some college but no degree. All of these hot jobs can be found in the more than 150 programs offered at Atlanta Technical College.

To see how you can prepare for these high demand jobs visit http://www.atlantatech.edu today.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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August 30, 2016

Atlanta Technical College Hosts Mentor Walk September 17

Atlanta Technical College hosts the Carolyn Young Mentor Walk September 17, 2016. Now in its sixth year, the walk gives elementary, middle, and high school students an opportunity to explore a college campus and ask questions about the college experience. The day begins with registration at 7:30 am and breakfast, followed by the walk at 9 am, and sessions on storytelling and crafts, financial literacy, alliance leadership, and resumes for internships.

The age-specific skill building sessions and vocational modules from 10am until noon will give students hands-on understanding of possible careers they can choose for the future. Sessions designed for high school and middle school students cover career exploration and financial literacy. Elementary school students will explore careers through sessions on storytelling and crafts.

Adults attending the Mentor Walk will participate in panels with community leaders on the topic of education. The day ends at 1:30pm with an Activity Fair including vendor and sponsor tables, backpack distribution, healthy living tips, T-shirt distribution, and more.

Hosted by the Campus Community Partnership Foundation (C2P), the Mentor Walk is free for all parents and students. C2P promotes partnerships between education and the community with a student-centered approach in learning, innovation, and social responsibility. Register your students via http://www.mentorwalk.org.

For more information on the Mentor Walk email trodgers@atlantatech.edu.

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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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 www.atlantatech.edu

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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 www.atlantatech.edu

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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 www.atlantatech.edu

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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 www.atlantatech.edu

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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 www.atlantatech.edu

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 www.atlantatech.edu

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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
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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 www.atlantatech.edu.

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 khudson@atlantatech.edu.

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 www.atlantatech.edu.

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 ce@atlantatech.edu 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 www.atlantatech.edu.

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

 

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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 khudson@atlantatech.edu.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm (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:

CHAPTER AWARD

Largest Local Chapter Membership

FIRST PLACE

Reva Harvey - Sales Presentation

Shanita Clark - Business Law

SECOND PLACE

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

Parliamentary Procedure (Team)

THIRD PLACE

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

FOURTH PLACE

Marlicia Brewer - Entrepreneurial Concepts

Debanga Guilford - Marketing Concepts

Shante Lewis - Personal Finance

Shante Lewis - Accounting Principles

Stephen White and Leroy McIntosh - Business Ethics (Team)

FIFTH PLACE

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 ce@atlantatech.edu. Online registration is also available at http://www.atlantatech.edu/education/index.php.

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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 wbaker@atlantatech.edu.

 

 

March 21, 2016

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

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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 www.SkillsUSA.org.

 

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

 

March 3, 2016

 

February 10, 2016 National and international leaders to be honored during the
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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 tbussey@atlantatech.edu.

 

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 ejaden@atlantatech.edu.

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