Business Owners and Independent Contractors Can Now Enroll in Independent Contractors Professional Certification Program (ICP) at Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Technical College has partnered with The Women’s Employment Opportunity Project (WEOP), an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization, to offer the “Independent Contractors Professional” certification program (ICP). Beginning July 6, small businesses owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can enroll in the ICP continuing education classes at Atlanta Technical College to gain insight on developing the skills needed to successfully manage their businesses during recessionary times.

The program is designed to provide today’s entrepreneurs with a solid framework for business operation. Through this eight-week program, participants will gain an understanding of: prospecting for contracts, the impact of technology on small businesses, how to build an operational infrastructure, contract negotiation and a range of topics for successful business ventures and enterprises. The course will use guest speakers, case studies and readings from a cross-function of well-known “innovative” companies to examine issues facing entrepreneurs in today’s rapidly changing economy.

Individuals completing the course will acquire 2.0 continuing education credit hours from Atlanta Technical College and will receive an “Independent Contractors Professional” certificate. By offering this program, Atlanta Technical College and WEOP hope to strengthen Georgia’s economy by infusing the marketplace with small business professionals prepared to succeed in any business climate.

Classes will be conducted in the evenings will be in session from July 6 through August 24, 2010. For additional information, contact 404-225-4487 or ce@atlantatech.edu.

About Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is located in the city of Atlanta, is an accredited institution of higher education that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunity, associate degree, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-art technology in more than 100 fields. The integration of academics and applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, and communities of Fulton and Clayton counties.

About WEOP
The mission of WEOP is to provide women and girls with technology based solutions, tools, training, and opportunities to advance economic sustainability. WEOP also serves as a leader and advocate for workforce development programs and initiatives to insure the inclusion of women and minorities in new and emerging career opportunities. For additional information: www.weop.org.