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  May 11, 2011
Atlanta Technical College Hosts the South Atlanta Film and Video Careers Workshop

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  May 11, 2011
Atlanta Technical College president featured in Rolling Out Magazine


Atlanta: The value — and the beauty — of education is frequently touted as the means to an end for young people intent on earning more money and increasing their employment options. For those already in the workforce, it’s been a vehicle for shoring up job security and promotion possibilities. The post-secondary education experience has expanded far beyond the traditional four year college scenario, and community colleges like Atlanta Technical College (with a 98 percent job placement rate) are rapidly emerging as first choice alternatives for getting a stronger foothold in the urban workplace.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, the institution’s president at the forefront of the charge sat down with rolling out for an impassioned discussion of her commitment to and plans for ATC. –roz edward

Are graduating high school students adequately prepared for college?
[In some cases] there is disconnect between what students learn in high school and what’s expected of them in college. We have to do a better job of creating seamless education. I think in Georgia we have taken the first steps to make that happen. We are in constant talks with the Georgia Department of Education to create seamless education from high school to technical college, and then seamless education between technical college and four year institution. … I am very optimistic.

What makes ATC’s program’s so successful?
All of our programs take a building block approach . You can enroll in a technical certificate of credit program, which will build into a diploma program, which will build into an Associates Degree Program. … There are exit points all along the way meaning you can graduate with a certificate, a diploma or a degree … and typically they go to work or to a four year institution.

What are the hot career opportunities for students?
That is hard to answer because our students are successful in almost every field they enter. The reason is that we offer programs based on what’s needed in the community. We look for the hot jobs and we train our students for them. We know that Atlanta is a transportation and logistic hub, so that’s hot for us, … when you go to work you want to look good and professional so the cosmetology program is hot … Everything is hot for us.

What’s next for ATC?
We have a lot, a multi-million dollar allied health building … a number of new programs, including registered nurse, radiation technology, surgical technology a dental hygiene clinic, accounting, marketing, business management technology, paralegal and management supervisory development … and affordable online programming.

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  May 11, 2011
Rolling Out Covers the Grand Opening of the BWJ Complex

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  May 5, 2011
President thomas featured in the May edition of Atlanta Tribune Magazine

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  April 7, 2011
GED Testing Fees Set to Increase in July

National revamp of testing program leads to changes

Atlanta – Georgia’s adult learners who want to earn their General Educational Development (GED®) diploma will soon have to pay more for the test following changes to the fee structure by the national administrator of the GED Testing Service.

The American Council on Education (ACE), which is the administrator, and Pearson VUE, a specialist in computer-based academic testing, are collaborating in a partnership to expand student access to GED testing nationwide. They announced the new testing fee structure in March.

The TCSG Office of Adult Education is the statewide provider for the GED test. Last year, almost 20,000 Georgians changed their lives for the better and improved their job opportunities by passing the test and obtaining their GED diploma.

Georgia’s GED test-takers currently pay $95 to take the full battery of five tests that measure reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics skills. Starting on July 1, 2011, the new fee structure will be $50 for each test, meaning the entire battery will cost $250 if the five tests are taken on separate days. The expense will be lower if two or more tests are taken together, and someone taking all five tests in a day can save $75.

The GED testing fee increase for Georgia adult learners had to be formally approved by the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia, which oversees the state’s Office of Adult Education. The board voted for the measure during its meeting in Atlanta on April 7.

“The increased cost to take the GED tests could not be avoided due to the higher fees from the national test administrator. We don’t want to catch anyone by surprise, and we’ll be doing all that we can to inform everyone about this change,” said Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education.

Persons who are ready to take GED tests now or who will soon complete their test preparation will be strongly encouraged to save money and take the test before July 1. The TCSG Office of Adult Education will be working closely with the staff at each of Georgia’s 45 official GED Testing Centers to ensure that adult learners, their families, and local communities are fully aware of the new fees before they take effect this summer.

Although the tests fees are increasing, Smith noted that the State of Georgia continues to offer all other adult education and GED preparation services free of charge to more than 90,000 adult learners, and there are added benefits for completing the program and passing the tests.

“Georgia’s adult learners can still receive individualized GED instruction, test preparation and readiness assessments, and college and career advisement at no cost at numerous locations throughout the state, including on most technical college campuses. And, once they earn a GED diploma, the state presents them with a HOPE voucher that can be used to enroll at a TCSG college, which in turn opens the door to receive the HOPE grant,” said Smith.

Georgia residents who pass the GED tests receive a $500 HOPE voucher to help pay for their expenses at an eligible Georgia postsecondary institution. The HOPE grant, which is separate from the voucher, will pay for most of the state technical college tuition. To keep the HOPE grant, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 college grade point average.

There are almost 1.1 million Georgians over the age of 25 who are still without their high school or GED diploma. The odds work against individuals without a secondary education credential, especially in the 21st Century economy where as many as four in five jobs will require some level of postsecondary education. Today’s high school dropouts earn an average of almost $9,000 less annually than a person with a GED or high school diploma.

For more information regarding the fee increases, contact the local GED testing center, or call Kim Lee, the state director of GED testing, at 404-679-4959 or email her at klee@tcsg.edu.

A list of all GED Testing Centers in Georgia and additional information is available at www.tcsg.edu/foradultlearners.php

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  April 6, 2011
On Common Ground News Highlights AIM Lecture with Ambassador Andrew Young

Atlanta icon gives straight talk to young black men


Written by Site Editor
Andrew Young readily admits he wasn’t the best student growing up, but the former mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador didn’t let his grades stop him from succeeding in life.

Andrew Young takes out some time after his one-on-one discussion with members of the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males to sign a copy of his book,

“I grew up with what you now know as dyslexia. I would always study with the girls that were about the right things and as they would read over notes, I would memorize key aspects to gain enough to pass my tests,” said Young, a native of Louisiana. “A grade doesn’t make a man. A man makes the grade and he must take the good or bad that comes with it.”

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  April 1, 2011
Atlanta Technical College featured in the April edition of Georgia Trend Magazine

Atlanta Technical College featured in the April edition of Georgia Trend Magazine

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  March 31, 2011
Atlanta Technical College faculty help WXIA Channel 11 Try It Before You Buy It

Kenneth Swain is a plumbing instructor at Atlanta Technical College. His motto is "make it right and make it last." So we asked him to see if the Fix It Tape really lives up to the promises....

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  March 17, 2011
The Weekly Newspaper - Atlanta Technical College President Named An Atlanta Tribune Superwoman

The Weekly Newspaper - Atlanta Technical College President Named An Atlanta Tribune Superwoman.

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  March 17, 2011
Atlanta Technical College featured in AJC article on re-engaging workers

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  March 17, 2011
Atlanta Technical College faculty and staff help WXIA Channel 11 Try It Before You Buy It

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  March 04, 2011
Atlanta Daily World Highlights Women’s Conference at Atlanta Tech

‘From A Woman's Perspective’ Fifth Annual Confab Set For March 18


By Special to the Daily World
Published: Saturday, March 5, 2011 3:58 AM EST
Join the Women's Employment Opportunity Project (WEOP), Atlanta Technical College 5th annual "From a Woman's Perspective" symposium in celebration of Women's History Month.

More than 200 women and men are expected to attend the event on Friday, March 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Atlanta Technical College, Dennard Conference Center, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, S.W.

The theme for the symposium is "Dare To Dream: Leadership, Economics, & Empowerment."

During the luncheon attendees will have an opportunity to view an in-depth interview with Jocelyn Dorsey, Host of "People 2 People" television show.

Dorsey exemplifies the role of women as leaders and trailblazers with numerous accomplishments. Myrna Moore, producer, will conduct this interview to give the audience a perspective of Dorsey and her accomplishments as "the first." WEOP said it is honored to present the 1st Annual Women Pioneers Award to Jocelyn Dorsey.

The day also features a lineup of speakers including Paulette Lewis from the Department of Labor Women's Division; Debra Respress, Your Best You, LLC; and Melvin Anderson, author of "Women Front & Center." Speakers will cover topics such as 21st Century Opportunities, Seven Creative Life Strategies, and Hidden Beauty of Women.

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March 7, 2011
Atlanta Technical College students captured eight first-place honors at the 2011 Georgia Phi Beta Lambda North District Conference





Atlanta Technical College students captured eight, first-place honors at the 2011 Georgia Phi Beta Lambda North District Conference including the top honor in the Battle of the Chapters competition. The conference was held at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Georgia on March 4. All nine representatives from Atlanta Technical College chapter placed either first or second in a competition category and will continue on to the Georgia State Conference competition, April 8 and 9 in Atlanta, Georgia.
FIRST PLACE
David Hunter, Accounting Principles
Zakiyah Ballard, Financial Analysis & Decision Making
Bobby Lucas, Financial Concepts
Zakiyah Ballard, Financial Services
Marquita Mosley, Marketing Concepts
Bernita Diawara, Parliamentary Procedures
Sidney Peterson, Public Speaking

SECOND PLACE
David Hunter, Accounting Analysis & Decision Making
Marquita Mosley, Business Decision Making
Bobby Lucas, Financial Analysis & Decision Making
Felicia Ruffin, Help Desk
Bernita Diawara, Hospitality Management
Lakeisha Price, Public Speaking
Jo’An Daniel-Dyer, Sports Management & Marketing

THIRD PLACE
Felicia Ruffin, Business Communication
Jo’An Daniel-Dyer, International Business

FOURTH PLACE
Lakeisha Price, Human Resource Management

FIFTH PLACE
Sidney Peterson, Human Resource Management

CHAPTER AWARD
First Place, Battle of the Chapters
(Team: Bobby Lucas and David Hunter)

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  March 04, 2011
Rachael Young, an electrical construction and maintenance (ECM) student, Named Student of the Year


Rachael Young, an electrical construction and maintenance (ECM) student, has won the coveted title of 2011 GOAL Winner, also known as the Student of the Year for Atlanta Technical College. She was nominated by Marvin Passmore, department chair of the ECM, electrical technician and industrial controls department. As GOAL Winner, Young will compete in the 2011 GOAL Northern Regional Luncheon that will be held on March 15 at Gwinnett Technical College.

The three finalists in the Atlanta Tech GOAL competition were: Sidney Peterson, management and supervisory development; Anthony Wood, culinary arts; and Tammy Dawson, culinary arts. The finalists were all strong competitors and shining examples of the Atlanta Tech spirit. They will each join Young in representing the college at community and campus events.



              

Sidney Peterson          Anthony Wood           Tammy Dawson                       



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February 27, 2011
2011 Instructor of the Year Finalists


Atlanta Technical College is proud to announce the division winners for the Instructor of the Year (Rick Perkins Award) competition at the college. The finalists are: Barbara Boyd, Academic and Learning Support Services; James Harris, Business Technologies & Public Service Technologies; Dreem Penn, Industrial Technologies & Transportation Technologies; and Inell Robinson, Health Technologies & Public Safety Technologies.

The college will announce the 2011 Instructor of the Year on April 14. The winner will represent Atlanta Technical College at the regional competition for the Rick Perkins award.



                    

Barbara Boyd     James Harris       Dreem Penn       Inell Robinson                                 

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February 23, 2011
Atlanta Technical College commercials promoting the new online programs premiere on WVEE V-103 radio, v-103.com and AOL





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February 23, 2011
Atlanta Journal-Constitution promotes the continuing ed health IT program at Atlanta Tech



Electronic records mandate puts health information technology specialists in demand

By Laura Raines
For AJC Jobs
If you have a year’s experience working in either health care or information technology, you could be eligible to apply for short-term, online training that could improve your career prospects.

Skilled health care/information technology professionals are needed to support health care providers who are transitioning to electronic health records. To improve health care quality, safety and cost-effectiveness, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 mandated that health care providers switch to electronic health records by 2014.

“The government anticipated a shortage of 51,000 qualified health information technology professionals by 2013, so they funded the Health IT Workforce Development Program to provide training,” said Thomas Shlala, coordinator for the health information technology grant program at Atlanta Technical College.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded more than $36 million in grants to develop or improve health information technology programs at more than 70 community colleges nationwide. Atlanta Technical College received a $1.3 million grant to provide training in Georgia.

“We have the only program in Georgia, and [we] are expected to serve the whole state, so the training is available online,” Shlala said.

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February 22, 2011
Statement by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson Regarding Proposed Changes to the HOPE Program



Over the years, tens of thousands of students throughout Georgia have been able to enroll in Georgia’s technical colleges and receive an exceptional technical education through the HOPE program. The HOPE Grant, in particular, has helped to train many Georgians who have become a vital part of Georgia’s world-class, 21st Century workforce. More recently, the HOPE Grant has also been a lifeline for training that leads to new jobs for many men and women who were at one time unemployed or underemployed as a result of the downturn in the economy.

Ensuring the success of the HOPE program for years to come is essential to the future success of every Georgia student and, ultimately, to the long-term prosperity of our state. Today, though, the HOPE program has been strained by both its own success and the economic downturn. Difficult decisions must be made to guarantee that future generations of Georgians will also be able to share in the many education opportunities afforded by the HOPE Scholarship and Grant.

The proposal announced today by Governor Deal reflects careful consideration of the impact that the necessary changes will have on Georgia’s students and their families. The HOPE program is a model that other states have long admired, and Governor Deal’s proposed modifications will keep the HOPE program as the gold standard for years to come.

I, along with the state’s 26 technical college presidents, commend Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker David Ralston and the members of the General Assembly for their leadership throughout this complicated and difficult process.

In FY 10, almost 147,000 of the 191,000 students who enrolled in the 26 TCSG colleges were the beneficiaries of HOPE funding, and 95 percent of those were recipients of the HOPE Grant. Under the new proposal, TCSG students who get the HOPE Grant will be required to earn a 3.0 GPA by the first HOPE checkpoint. Currently, 68 percent of the TCSG HOPE Grant recipients had a 3.0 GPA by the 45 hour checkpoint.

The proposal also provides that students who already possess a postsecondary degree are ineligible to receive the HOPE Grant and establishes a firm grant cap of 95 quarter hours or 63 semester hours for all students.

In addition, the proposal preserves the $500 HOPE voucher, given to students who earn a General Educational Development (GED) diploma and then use it to help them enroll in a postsecondary institution within two years. This is essential to improving Georgia’s workforce by encouraging more adults to earn a college credential.

The Technical College System of Georgia will continue to work in partnership with Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston and the members of the General Assembly to ensure that every deserving student will always be able to enjoy the benefits of the HOPE program at Georgia’s colleges and universities.

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February 22, 2011
Governor's press release: Deal introduces 'Enduring HOPE'



ENDURING HOPE

Deal legislation saves nation’s most generous benefits for future generations
Gov. Nathan Deal today will introduce bipartisan legislation that preserves Georgia’s cherished HOPE scholarship and Pre-K programs – among the most generous benefits in the nation -- even as it stabilizes lottery-funded programs for future generations. Deal, along with Republican and Democratic legislative leaders, unveiled the plan on the campus of Georgia State University.

“Facing bankruptcy of the lottery program in 2013, I worked closely with members of the General Assembly to save Georgia’s prized jewel, the HOPE scholarship, for the next generation of Georgians,” Deal said. “With this plan we are going to maintain one of the most generous scholarship programs the United States has ever seen or will ever see. Even in the tough economic times we are facing, HOPE is going to endure, it’s going to thrive.”

Deal revealed legislation that will create the Zell Miller Scholarship program; the program, named for the governor who created HOPE, will maintain full tuition coverage for Georgia’s highest-achieving students.

“Zell Miller’s HOPE scholarship is a distinctly Georgian program that serves as a point of pride for every resident of our great state,” he said. “This plan today is endorsed by Zell Miller, and I’m honored to announce the creation of the Zell Miller Scholarship, which will serve as a reward to Georgia’s best and brightest students and will encourage them to remain in Georgia.”

Under the new legislation, Zell Miller Scholars will include the top 10 percent of HOPE scholars under the present system based on both a 3.7 GPA and a 1200 SAT or 26 ACT score. These scholars attending any public college or university in the state will be awarded full tuition scholarships, while those attending private institutions will receive the full private HOPE award.

Deal assured all of Georgia’s HOPE partners that all three of the lottery-funded programs -- Pre-K, HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant -- have been protected and current funding ratios for these programs will remain the same.

Beginning this fall, students with a 3.0 GPA attending Georgia public colleges and universities will receive 90 percent of the FY ‘11 standard tuition rate. To ensure that limited resources are used to best honor the original intent of the HOPE program the legislation will: Eliminate funds for books and fees, eliminate funding for remedial classes, cap eligible hours at 127 and ensure that HOPE scholars are prepared for college-level work by requiring these students to take a certain number of high school rigorous courses.

When discussing Georgia’s youngest scholars, Deal said Pre-K will continue to receive one-third of all lottery-funded expenditures and will remain a voluntary, universal, free program serving 4-year-olds across the state regardless of a family’s economic status.

In order to make several programmatic changes to Pre-K, Deal announced that the state will move from a six-and-a-half hour day to a four-hour day.

“By removing rest time and creating new efficiencies, we can minimize the decrease in instructional time and bring our program more in line with other states and many private preschools,” he said.

Deal closed by citing a verse from one of his favorite hymns: “Strength for today and bright HOPE for tomorrow.”

“We are taking the appropriate steps today to strengthen the HOPE balance sheet, ensuring that future Georgians are afforded the same great opportunities as today’s college and university students. Make no mistake, even after these needed reforms are implemented, Georgia’s invaluable HOPE will endure and continue to set Georgia apart.”

Other changes to of note:

Pre-K
- Georgia remains one of only four states to provide a universal Pre-K program
- Adds 5,000 slots to address the Pre-K waiting list in the state. Currently there are around 9,000 on the waiting list in Georgia.
- Increase of transportation funds
- Increases extended day funds by 4.5 million, tripling the amount currently paid for these slots for at-risk students

HOPE Grant
- Requires students to earn a 3.0 GPA by the first HOPE check point, once enrolled in technical college courses
- Provides that students who already possess a postsecondary degree are ineligible to receive the HOPE Grant
- Establishes a firm cap of 95 quarter hours or 63 semester hours for all students.

The Georgia Lottery Corporation
- Limits bonuses awarded to Georgia Lottery Corporation employees to no more than 25 percent of their base compensation and conditions bonuses on an increase in net proceeds from the prior year transferred to the Lottery for Education Account.
- Lowers the commission paid to lottery retailers from an average of 7 percent to not more than 5 percent on gross sales.
Need-Based Aid
- HOPE Scholarship funds will be paid in full without taking Pell eligibility into account. Pell-eligible students will then be able to use these federal funds to cover the costs of college-going expenses beyond tuition costs.
- $20M will be appropriated to the one percent loan program and Georgia Student Finance Commission will work to raise private matching funds for $10M of this investment. These student loans can also be forgiven altogether if loan recipients become certified and teach in a public K-12 school in the STEM field. Each year of service in the classroom will forgive one year of the student loan.

Brian Robinson, Deputy Chief of Staff
brobinson@georgia.gov
Stephanie Mayfield, Press Secretary
smayfield@georgia.gov
404-516-5376

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February 17, 2011
Gap and Atlanta Technical College Launch Job Skills Training Course for Students



Gap Inc. Helps Improve Workforce Competitiveness As Part of White House “Skills for America’s Future” Initiative

Atlanta, GA - February 17, 2011 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced today the start of Gap for Community Colleges, a partnership between Atlanta Technical College and Gap Inc. as part of White House Initiative ‘Skills for America’s Future.’ The program will provide community college students with the skills and knowledge to be successful and competitive in the workforce.

“For more than 40 years, Gap Inc. has been committed to improving education in the communities where we live and work. We are proud to participate in this White House initiative and expand our job training programs to more cities to support efforts to improve the economy. Our hope is that Gap for Community Colleges can be part of the solution to improve workforce competitiveness here in the U.S.,” said Eva Sage-Gavin, Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources & Corporate Affairs.

Starting today, students at Atlanta Technical College will have access to the same comprehensive training curriculum given to Gap store managers. This is the first time Gap will offer this program outside of its own organization. The in-house developed Gap for Community Colleges program is designed to help students get ahead in the career of their choice. The workshop material covers job search preparation materials such as interview skills and resume writing, practical workplace skills such as managing people and setting priorities and how to effectively communicate in the workplace. Students also receive on-the-job experience with an opportunity to job shadow a Gap manager in a store.

The program opens with opportunities for 2000 students to participate in community colleges in seven cities: Atlanta, Metro Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

“We believe that by sharing Gap’s proven training curriculum, community college students will gain valuable skills and experiences that will help them be better prepared for their career goals. This is exactly what is needed to develop a strong talent pool for our stores and the communities where we operate,” said Sherrica Hill, General Manager Gap Atlanta.

“Gap is one of the largest employers in the United States. We hope that by providing our students with access to the same curriculum given to Gap store managers, our students will be better prepared to join the workforce,” said Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College.

In addition to providing tailored workshops, Gap Inc. is offering scholarship assistance and job placement opportunities. Students will be eligible for sixty-five $1000 scholarships. (Scholarship eligibility is based on each community college’s guidelines.) Gap will invite students to apply for a job and expects to hire up to 1,200 students from community colleges in 2011.

‘Skills for America’s Future’ is a White House initiative announced by President Obama on October 4, 2010 focused on maximizing workforce development, job training programs, and job placement for community college students. The initiative is part of a larger effort to empower and educate the American workforce to become more competitive in the global economy.

About Gap Inc. Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products, for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands. Fiscal 2010 sales were $14.7 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in over 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-owned stores, about 175 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

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. For more information on Atlanta Technical College, visit www.atlantatech.edu

Media Relations:

Terreta A. Rodgers
Atlanta Technical College
(404) 225-4604
trodgers@atlantatech.edu

Renate Geerlings
(415) 427-4695
Renate_geerlings@gap.com

Louise Callagy
(415) 427-3502
press@gap.com

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February 15, 2011
The NEW Continuing Education Health IT program at Atlanta Technical College



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February 11, 2011
Atlanta Technical College HOSTS ACE FELLOW MARY L. GRIMES-MCGREER




Atlanta, Georgia (February 11, 2011) – Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College, announced today that Dr. Mary L. Grimes-McGreer, Greenville Satellite Campus Director and Graduate Studies Program Coordinator for South Carolina State University, will spend the spring quarter of her fellowship at Atlanta Technical College. She is one of 46, 2010-2011 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows. Her decision to choose Atlanta Technical College was based on the caliber of the leadership at the institution.

“Selection as a host institution is a mark of the prestige of the college. An ACE Fellow has selected this institution for its unique learning opportunities and quality of work in educating students,” explained Dr. Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program.

President Alvetta Peterman Thomas said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Grimes-McGreer to Atlanta Technical College. While at the college, she will participate in administrative activities that will enhance her knowledge about the challenges and opportunities confronting leaders in higher education. She will work closely with me to address the issues of recruitment, retention and managing change—all key challenges facing college presidents in today’s educational landscape. Her intellect, fervor and credentials are impressive. I am confident she will make a valuable contribution to our campus, while strengthening her own skills set.”

Established in 1965 by the ACE, the ACE Fellow Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for eventual advancement into senior leadership positions in college and university administration. Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions, are selected in a national competition. Of the more than 1,500 participants in the 45 years of the Program, more than 300 have become chief executive officers and more than 1,100 have become provosts, vice presidents, or deans.

Grimes-McGreer received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her master of fine arts from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. She has served on various doctoral committees and presented papers with senior faculty at the University of South Carolina after receiving her Doctor of Philosophy from the institution. The focus of her fellowship is to further understand and develop a leadership paradigm of the community college presidency.

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February 10, 2011
ATC Culinary student wins 2011 Piskor Scholarship




On Monday, February 7, 2011, Sheila Davis of Atlanta Technical College (ATC) was one of only four culinary students in the Atlanta metropolitan area to be awarded the 2011 John Piskor Culinary Scholarship by The Atlanta Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). She is the first ATC student to win the coveted prize.

The college was also recognized for its outstanding service to the organization. Chef Larry Alford and ATC President Alvetta Peterman Thomas accepted the award on behalf of the college.

Caption: Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College; Sheila Davis, 2011 Piskor Winner; Larry Alford, ATC Chef and Michael TY, ACF National President

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February 10, 2011
The spring 2011 edition of Tech Talk is available online



The spring 2011 edition of Tech Talk is available online click here to view

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February 8, 2011
ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO CELEBRATE AREA HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK



Atlanta, GA – February 8, 2011 – Atlanta Technical College will observe National School Counseling Week by host a luncheon for high school counselors in its service area on Wednesday, February 9 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 available to students. Counselors will also be briefed on the status of the college’s conversion from the quarter system to a semester calendar. Following the luncheon, counselors will be treated to a tour of the new Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Complex, a $14.8 million facility that is slated to house dental hygiene, nursing, physical therapy, surgical technician, and occupational therapy programs.

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February 3, 2011
Kenneth Hudson headlines M.L. King celebration





Kenneth Hudson, one of the first African-American referees in the NBA and a former executive with The Coca-Cola Company, served as the keynote speaker for the Annual ATC M.L.K. Celebration. During his speech, Hudson challenged students to commit to both self-improvement and community service, stating that one cannot truly be a success until one reaches back and helps someone else find the road to success.

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February 2, 2011
Willkommen – ATC Welcomes German Delegation



    

Atlanta Technical College rolled out the red carpet Monday to welcome a delegation of ten students and three faculty from Felix Fechenbach Berufskolleg, the Atlanta Tech sister college in Detmold, Germany. The group will be in Atlanta for two weeks during which the German students will participate in classes at the college and intern at local corporations.

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February 2, 2011
Atlanta Inquirer covers the opening of the Allied Health and Technology Complex


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January 25, 2011
German Delegation to Visit Atlanta Technical College Next Week


On Monday, January 31st, Atlanta Technical College will welcome students, faculty, and staff from Felix Fechenbach Berufskolleg, Atlanta Tech's sister college in Detmold, Germany.

The group, which consists of twelve students and three faculty and staff, will attend classes at Atlanta Tech and complete mini-internships with U.S. companies during the two-week exchange program.

Atlanta Tech's Halle International Exchange Program is the only ongoing international exchange program at a technical college in Georgia.

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January 24, 2011
ATC supply chain management program featured in AJC


New Atlanta Tech program trains students in supply chain management



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January 20, 2011
Apply for a Winter Quarter Scholarship – Three scholarships Open Now!


Due to the inclement weather last week, the deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to February 3, 2011.

Visit www.atlantatech.edu/supportatc. Click on scholarships and download the applications for the three scholarships that are now accepting submissions.

The deadline for application submission is February 3, 2011 (new revised date). The scholarships will be awarded during this quarter (Winter 2011)

The available scholarships are as follows:

- The American Building Supply, Inc. Scholarship
o Program Eligible: Carpentry
o 4 scholarships will be awarded

- The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Student Scholarship
o Program Eligible: Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management
o 2 scholarships will be awarded

- The Cornelia “NeNe” Williams Business Office Technology Student Scholarship
o Program Eligible: Business Office Technology Division (all programs listed under this area)
o 1 scholarship will be awarded

Please periodically check your MYATC Account and www.atlantatech.edu/supportatc for continued announcements of scholarships.

If a scholarship is listed as TBA, we cannot offer it until we receive approval from the donor.

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January 18, 2011
Atlanta Technical College announces design competition for K-12 students


Contact: Terreta A. Rodgers
Director of College Advancement
Atlanta Technical College
404-225-4604
trodgers@atlantatech.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Press Release

ATLANTA- Atlanta Technical College is now accepting entries for the 15th annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design competition. The contest is open to all area elementary, middle and high school students. Designs must be received by the Atlanta Technical College Office of Communications by Tuesday, February 8.

Elementary school children may compete in the placemat competition; middle schoolers in the poster contest and high students in the T-shirt design competition. The artwork submitted to Atlanta Technical College will be entered in the statewide competition where three winners will be chosen in each of the three groupings. The first-, second- and third-place winners in each category will be honored at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon on April 28 at the Georgia International Convention Center. At that time the governor of Georgia will present each winner with a certificate, and the first-place winners receive monetary scholarships for $500. The second-place winners receive $300 scholarships and the third place winners receive $100 scholarships. The top entries for placemat, poster and T-shirt designs will be displayed at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon.

Art may be created with paint, watercolors, pencils, markers, crayons, charcoal, etc. but should be completely dry before shipping! T-shirts may be computer generated. All work must be flat and objects cannot be glued or pasted to the submission.

Submissions must comply with the following guidelines established by the Technical College System of Georgia. Elementary school placemat designs must be 11”x 17”; middle school posters must be created on 22” x 28” poster board and high school T-shirt designs must fit in a 12” square. Please note that designs will not be returned to contestants.

Entries should portray the role that manufacturing plays in our communities and the following information must be included on the back, upper-right corner of each submission: the student’s name, school, phone number to the school and the words, “Atlanta Technical College.”

Artwork must be received by Tuesday, February 8 for consideration. Mail entries to: Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, Attention: Office of Communications. For more information contact Terreta A. Rodgers, Director of College Advancement at 404-225-4604 or trodgers@atlantatech.edu.

For additional information on Georgia Manufacturing Week or the MAW student design competition, visit www.georgiamaw.org.

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December 20, 2010
Atlanta Tech Customized Training Client Among GA Work Ready HonoreesS conversion


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December 20, 2010
Ga. tech schools among fastest-growing 2-year colleges


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December 20, 2010
Atlanta Technical College Community Health Fair Set


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December 13, 2010
ATC featured in TCSG newsletter for marketing efforts around Q2S conversion


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December 13, 2010
AJC article on changes to HOPE


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December 9, 2010
Atlanta Tech In The Final Four




Atlanta Technical College (ATC) may not be in the NCAA Final Four this upcoming season but the college was selected as a finalist for the First Annual Sonny Perdue Award. The award was created by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia to recognize excellence in Technical education.

Although top prize was awarded to Wiregrass Technical College, ATC has many reasons to be proud.

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December 8, 2010
Atlanta Technical College Opens $14.8 Million Allied Health Complex




Atlanta Technical College cut the ribbon Friday, December 3, on the new Brenda Watts Jones (BWJ) Allied Health and Technology Complex. The $14.8 million structure is the two stories high and covers 70,000 gross square feet. The instructional facility will house 20 state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture spaces, 20 Industry-equipped laboratory settings, 14 Dental hygiene clinic stations and 125 computers to support the students in health programs.

“We broke ground for this facility in December 2007. At that time seeds were sown on fertile ground. The Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Complex is the fruit of our labors and the harvest of those seeds can be seen in the thousands of students who will leave here prepared for high-wage, high-performance careers,” said Atlanta Technical College president, Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas.

The college hopes to begin classes in the new building in the Spring of 2011. By Fall of 2010, the BWJ Allied Health and technology complex is slated to house twelve different medical programs, including Dental Assisting, *Dental Hygiene, Health Care Assisting, Hemodialysis Patient Care Technician, *Associate Degree Nursing, Patient Care Assisting, Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Physical Therapy Assisting, *Occupational Therapy Assisting, *Radiology Technology,* Surgical Technology. (Programs with an asterisk are proposed).

Remarks from Ron Jackson, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia; Vincent Fort, State Senator representing the 39th District; Alvetta Peterman Thomas, President of Atlanta Technical College; Dean Alford, Chair of the State Board of Directors for TCSG; and Morris Jones, husband of the late Dr. Brenda Watts Jones; and other community leaders preceded the ribbon cutting.

Special guests for the Grand Opening included Virgil Fludd, State Representative from district 66; Eldrin Bell, Chairman of the Clayton County Commission, Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Mayor of Riverdale; Marcel Reed, East Point City Councilman, Dr. Alfred Schlicht, The German Deputy Consul General in Atlanta; Khaatim Sherrer El, Chairman of the Atlanta Board of Education; Brenda J. Muhammad, Atlanta Board of Education District 1; Yolanda Johnson, Atlanta Board of Education District 6.

The BWJ Allied Health and Technology Complex houses state-of-the-art allied health resources including Sim-man and Sim-Baby human patient simulators, industry-standard surgical technology learning labs, a simulated apartment for training in in-home care, physical therapy patient clinics and balance centers, electrotherapeutic machines, and computerized nursing stations. The building also features panoramic labs, sterilization rooms, operatories and a dental materials lab where students will fabricate prosthetics, such as bleaching trays, custom impression trays, alginate impressions and stone models.

“We are developing members of the workforce for the healthcare community in this building, at Atlanta Technical College, who will take care of many of us as we get older,” explained Jackson. “To work in a hospital now or a doctor’s office or run the equipment and technology that is part of our medical system now doesn’t take somebody who just knows how to give a shot, it takes somebody who knows how to run the technology and has critical thinking skills.” He went on to explain that today’s technical colleges are more than vocational education centers; they are lifelines to economic vitality in the state, meeting the demand for skilled workers in the industries of today and tomorrow.

The Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Complex is named for Dr. Brenda Watts Jones, who led Atlanta Technical College as its president from 1996 until her passing in 2007.

For the span of her professional career, Dr. Jones was on the frontlines of higher education. After exceptional service with the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education—now the Technical College System of Georgia—she was tapped to become the president of what is now Atlanta Technical College. As such, she also became the first African American female technical college president in Georgia.

Her dedicated leadership brought national and international recognition to Atlanta Technical College. Named America’s Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine in 2007, Atlanta Technical College has the only long-standing international exchange program in the technical college system. The exchange between Atlanta Tech and Felix Fechenbach Berufskolleg in Detmold, Germany, is in its thirteenth year. Furthermore, the college has been the focus of best practices research with groups from the Republic of Georgia, mainland China, and Germany.

On her home campus, Dr. Jones was beloved and respected and is remembered for her genuine concern for students and staff. She consistently promoted esprit de corps and was committed to the entire Atlanta Technical College community. She encouraged every person associated with the college to give their best, and the campus is better and the future of the college is brighter because of her contributions.

Her determined vision that Atlanta Technical College would lead the region in the education of health care professionals comes to fruition with the opening of the Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Complex.

Her enduring legacy to student success is the Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Memorial Foundation Student Scholarship Fund, which has awarded almost $15,000 in scholarships to students and faculty committed to lifelong learning.

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December 7, 2010
Atlanta Technical College Demonstrates Can-do Attitude




On Friday, December 3, the Atlanta Technical College family helped to make the season bright for neighbors in need by participating in the Channel 11 Can-a-thon. In the early morning hours, President Alvetta Peterman Thomas and nearly a dozen student leaders transported thousands of can food items to the Turner Field drop-off site for the Can-a-thon. While there, the delegation appeared on camera with Weatherman Chesley McNeil and participated in a live interview on WAOK radio. Students also worked with Salvation Army volunteers to unload donations in the Turner Field parking lot.

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December 3, 2010
Atlanta Tech opens new building | ajc.com


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December 3, 2010
National Public Radio Covers the Grand Opening of the BWJ Building at Atlanta Tech


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December 3, 2010
CBS 46 coverage of the Grand Opening of the BWJ Allied Health and Technology Complex


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December 03, 2010
Yahoo News Article Highlights Five Programs That Are Ideal for Quick Career Changes. All Five offered at ATC Quick Career Changes for 2011


Yahoo News Article Highlights Five Programs That Are Ideal for Quick Career Changes. All Five offered at ATC Quick Career Changes for 2011

Want a new career? Train for these five jobs in as little as one year.

By Yahoo! Education Staff
It's never too early to think about what you can do to make 2011 a better year than 2010.

Ready for a new career but can't afford to spend four years in school?

We've got some good news for you.

There are quite a few certificate programs that provide the training you need to start a new career without spending three or four years in school.

Check out these five careers you can train for in as little as one year.

#1 - Medical Assistant
Training Time: About 1 year
If you're looking to make a quick career change for 2011 consider a medical assistant certificate program. These programs can teach you everything you need to start an exciting medical assisting job, including anatomy, medical terminology, laboratory techniques, and office practices. Most programs can be completed in 1 year or less.

Job Growth: The U.S. Department of Labor expects employment of medical assistants to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018 - that's three times faster than the average for all occupations.

Responsibilities: Doctors and patients alike depend on medical assistants to keep things running smoothly. In addition to maintaining patient records and scheduling appointments, you might record vital signs, explain treatment procedures to parents, and even assist physicians during examinations.

Salary: The average annual salary of medical assistants is $28,300, though the highest 10 percent earn more than $39,570.

Training Time: About 9 months

#2 - Paralegal
Training Time: About 9 months

Want to transition to a new career and already have a bachelor's degree? You can earn a paralegal certificate in as little as 9 months, depending on the number of classes you take at a time. Paralegal training programs may cover topics like interviewing witnesses, legal research, and criminal law.

Job Growth: Being a paralegal is a smart career choice for the long haul. According to the Department of labor, many employers are hiring more paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. They project a 28 percent job growth for the 2008-2018 period.

Responsibilities: Paralegals are taking on a bigger behind-the-scenes role in law than ever before. Job duties often include investigating the facts of cases, identifying appropriate laws and judicial decisions, and preparing written reports for attorneys to use in determining how a case should be handled.

Salary: Salaries of paralegals can vary greatly, depending on education and experience as well as the size and location of your employer. Keeping that in mind, the average annual salary for paralegals is $46,120, with the top 10 percent earning more than $73,450.

#3 - Dental Assistant
Training Time: About 1 year

Want to start an in-demand medical career in 2011? Choose a one-year dental assistant certificate program. Programs generally include classroom, laboratory, and preclinical instruction in dental-assisting skills and theory.

Job Growth: The Department of Labor anticipates dental assistant job prospects will be excellent, but notes that some dentists prefer to hire assistants who have completed a dental-assisting program.

Responsibilities: As a dental assistant, you'll be essential to keeping your dental office running smoothly. Your job duties could include sterilizing instruments, working alongside dentists during procedures, and applying topical anesthetics. You might also have office duties that include scheduling appointments and billing.

Salary: Dental assistants have an average annual salary of $32,380. The highest 10 percent earned more than $46,150. Eighty-six percent of dental assistants reported receiving paid vacation, and more than half received health benefits, according to a 2008 survey conducted by the Dental Assisting National Board.

#4 - Administrative Assistant
Training Time: A few months to one year

An office administration certificate program generally covers word processing and office software, workplace communication, and office management skills. While program lengths vary, some schools offer office administration certificate programs that can be completed in a few months to 1 year.

Job Growth: As business continues to grow, so will opportunities for administrative assistants. According to the Department of Labor, secretaries and administrative assistants are expected to experience a large number of job openings.

Responsibilities: As an administrative assistant, you'll be an information and communication manager for your office, planning and scheduling meetings and appointments; organizing paper and electronic files; managing projects; conducting research; and handling travel and guest arrangements.

Salary: Administrative assistants have an average annual salary of $29,050. The highest 10 percent earn more than $43,240. Executive administrative assistants have an average salary of $40,030, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $62,070.

#5 - Pharmacy Technician
Training Time: About 6 months

A pharmacy technician certificate program can prepare you for this in-demand job in as little as 6 months. While program length and content may vary by school, most cover medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmaceutical calculations and techniques, and pharmacy law and ethics.

Job Growth: With the growing number of middle-aged and elderly people - who use more prescription drugs than younger people - the pharmacy technician field will see significant growth. In fact, the Department of Labor expects job growth to increase by 25 percent over the 2008-2018 timeframe.

Responsibilities: As a pharmacy technician, your duties will include receiving prescription requests, counting tablets, labeling bottles, and sometimes measuring and mixing medications for the pharmacist to check before they are given to the patient. This is an important, precise job - details are sometimes a matter of life and death.

Salary: Pharmacy technicians earn an average hourly wage of $13.32, though the highest 10 percent averaged at more than $18.98 in May 2008. Certified technicians may earn more than non-certified technicians.

All salary information is from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment and Wages for May 2008.

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November 27, 2010
ATC Students Awarded Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen Scholarships




The Office of Institutional Advancement recently held a small luncheon in Flavors Restaurant for the recipients of the Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen Business Office Technology and Early Childhood Care Student Scholarships. Mrs. Jean Bowen-Rollins, widow of Dr. Bowen, was in attendance to present the 2010-2011 scholarship winners with their awards. Each student received a $500 scholarship for tuition, tools, books, and program specific supplies.

2010-2011 scholarship winners

- Courtney Jawana Morris, Accounting
- Tahirah I. Mujahid, Early Childhood Care & Education
- Alesia Tillman, Early Childhood Care & Education
- Torrence B. Wilson, Networking Specialist

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November 22, 2010
ATC receives $60,000 from the American Honda Foundation


The Atlanta Technical College Foundation received $60,000 in grant funds from the American Honda Foundation for the Green Tech project. Through the program, 30 juniors and seniors from Atlanta Public Schools will be enrolled in a specially designed dual enrollment program that focuses on increasing student interest and exposure to alternative energy careers. They will receive an introduction to career planning and a strong experiential focus on careers in alternative energy through guest lectures, hands- on training and alternative energy projects.

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November 21, 2010
New Leaders Take the Helm of the SGA




The votes have been cast, the ballots counted and now a new slate of officers will lead the 2010-2011 session of the Atlanta Technical College Student Government Association. Loren Anderson, an aviation student at the college has been chosen as president. Christopher Jackson, Yolanda Harris, Deltalyn West, and Katherine Arnold will serve as Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian, respectively.

For the first time, the entire voting process took place electronically. Over a 72 hour period members of the student body entered their individual account numbers on a secure website and cast their votes. The site could be accessed from on-campus computers in learning labs, the library and computer centers. Students could also log-in from remote sites using a secure portal.

The 2010 – 2011 officers will lead the student body through an unprecedented period of change as the college transitions from quarters to semester. They will also continue the legacy of service that was established by the 2009-2010 leadership team. Already the new officers have launched a can food drive to benefit disadvantaged classmates and neighbors.

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November 11, 2010
Chair of the Visual Communications Department to Moderate a Panel on Digital Gaming




Anthony Randolph, chair of the visual communications department at Atlanta Technical College will moderate a panel entitled The New Frontier: Digital Gaming in the ATL at the BronzeLens Film Festival on Saturday, November 13 at the Marriott Marquis.

For more than 15 years Randolph was a member of the entertainment community in California, working for a digital animation company in San Francisco and then Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucas LTD. His film credits include: Poseidon (2005), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) , The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Island (2005), XXX: State of the Union (2005), Peter Pan (2003), The Pacifier (2005) , Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Son of Mask (2005).

On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., Randolph will lead the discussion on how Gaming is gaining in popularity in Atlanta and opening the door to new streams of revenue and employability. Panelists include Asante Bradford, the Digital Entertainment Liaison for the Georgia Film, Music and Video division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Nicole Wright, Business Development Manager, Advanced Communication and Information Technology , Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Deborah Thomas, CEO and President, Silly Monkey; Faith Kutulu of ABL Creative and Chris Rickwood of Rickwood Music.

For more information on the BronzeLens Festival, contact 404-527-6941.

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November 4, 2010
Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights the Atlanta Tech Fire Science Program


Have a burning desire to fight fires? Get some training at Atlanta Technical College



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October 21, 2010
urban league TO HELP unemployed and underemployed atlantans find real options for strong careers


With the metro Atlanta area experiencing record unemployment, the Atlanta Urban League (AUL), the National Urban League (NUL) and Atlanta Technical College (ATC) will offer residents access to more than 100 educational programs designed to improve their employability. As the AUL and NUL convene The 2010 Economic Empowerment Tour in Atlanta tomorrow, October 21st, Atlanta Technical College staff will be on hand to discuss the educational and support programs offered by the college. Currently the college has a job placement rate of 95 percent. The 2010 Economic Empowerment Tour will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast in the city’s downtown business district. The entire event is free and open to the public.

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October 14, 2010
Atlanta Tech Student featured in Virgin Islands today




Elroy has energy efficient housing on his mind

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October 4, 2010
Elory Henley speaks with the Mayor of Detmold Germany


Elory Henley speaks with the Mayor of Detmold Germany


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October 4, 2010
ATLANTA TECH RANKED AS ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST


Washington Monthly has just released its rankings of America's Best Community Colleges, and Atlanta Technical College has been named one of the best in the country.

According to the Washington, D.C.-based magazine, Atlanta Tech ranks 48th among all U.S. community colleges. The rankings were based on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and graduation rate statistics compiled by the US Department of Education. Unlike the typical guidebooks that rank four-year colleges, these findings were entirely based on measures with a research-proven link to student success.

Atlanta Technical College offers more than 100 programs of study and awards associates degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. The College provides opportunities for education and career preparation in the areas of business and public service technologies, health and public safety technologies, and industrial and transportation technologies. During the 2009 academic year, Atlanta Tech experienced the third largest percent of growth among all technical colleges in the state.

Only one additional Georgia school, Georgia Military College, made Washington Monthly’s list. For a complete list of the Top 50 Community Colleges visit For details click here

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October 4, 2010
President Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden Host the Summit on Community Colleges




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October 4, 2010
Mayor drives home success


CEO University/Continuing Education



Atlanta Business Chronicle - by Doug DeLoach Contributing Writer

Any accounting of CEOs who pursued their primary education in the metro Atlanta area would have to include Jack P. Longino.

Since 1996, the 57-year-old, third-generation resident of College Park has served as the city’s mayor and CEO, carrying forward a family legacy that stretches back to his grandfather, George F. Longino, who served as mayor from 1914 to 1918.

Longino is also president of Longino Automotive, a full-service auto repair business that was started in 1975, two years after the future mayor graduated from the automotive technology program at Atlanta Technical College.

“Growing up, I was always working on cars, so I knew a lot about the mechanical side,” he said. “Atlanta Tech gave me the certification I needed and also helped me develop the skills to become a successful business owner.”

Longino Automotive opened its doors in 1977. Although the path from auto repair shop to City Hall might not seem like a naturally intuitive one, Longino has no problem demonstrating the route.

In an industry notoriously rife with unscrupulous operators, Longino spent the better part of four decades establishing a reputation for running a knowledgeable, trustworthy auto repair business that consistently exceeded customer expectations.

His “other job” is described in similar terms. “As the mayor, I have to be in constant touch with my constituents so I can understand their needs,” he said. “I have to show myself to be trustworthy, honest and knowledge to the people I’m serving.”

William “Bill” Edwards, vice chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, has worked with Longino since the latter’s days on the city council more than a decade ago.

“His shop is the cleanest, most orderly auto repair shop you’ve ever seen,” Edwards said.

Longino carries that same presence, that same sense of dignity and having pride in your business, when it comes to his duties as mayor, Edwards added.

“After reaching one of my goals, I decided that I would seek public office because I wanted to make a difference in College Park,” Longino said.

Jack P. Longino

Born: November 1953 in College Park, Ga.

Professional title(s): Mayor, City of College Park; President, Longino Automotive

Academic highlights: Graduated from Atlanta Technical College in 1975

Family: Wife, Gloria; two children, Jessica Harris, 27, and Whitney Harris, 25

Hobbies: Canoeing, boating

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October 4, 2010
Detmold: "together to learn, live and work"


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October 4, 2010
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AWARDS 23 GRANTS TO ENHANCE PREDOMINANTLY BLACK INSTITUTIONS


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AWARDS 23 GRANTS TO ENHANCE PREDOMINANTLY BLACK INSTITUTIONS.

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September 30, 2010
Atlanta Technical College to Host Fall Open House


College application fee will be waived for all attendees

Atlanta Technical College will host an Open House on Saturday, October 9, 2010, from 10 am – 2 pm. For High school students and adult learners, this is the perfect time to take a fresh look at Atlanta Technical College which has been named one of the Nation’s Best Community Colleges by Washington Monthly Magazine.

Atlanta Technical College has more than 100 programs of study. Class hours are flexible and you can take classes on campus and online. The event is free and open to the public. Financial aid and admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions and Atlanta Tech will WAIVE the application fee for anyone who attends the Open House. Contact 404-225-4461 or www.atlantatech.edu for additional information.

What: Atlanta Technical College Open House

When: Saturday, October 9, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW
Atlanta, GA 30310


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September 15, 2010
ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE DELEGATION PREPARES TO DEPART FOR GERMANY


Group to meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Germany during their visit to Berlin

Thirteen students and nine faculty and staff members from Atlanta Technical College (ATC) will depart September 17 for a two-week educational and cultural experience in Germany. While in Detmold, Germany, the group will meet with the Prince and Princess of Lippe, the Mayor of Detmold, and members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During a two-day excursion to Berlin, the delegation will meet with Philip Murphy, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany and visit the German Parliament.

ATC’s thirteen exchange students, who represent a variety of career disciplines, will be paired with students from Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg who are studying in the same disciplines. Together they will take part in specialized classes, tours, and internships. The American students will be completely immersed in German culture as they live, work, and study with their student hosts during the two-week stay. The ATC faculty and staff members, most of whom will also be paired with German hosts, will study the German technical college system and its impact on workforce development.

The ATC trip to Germany is held in conjunction with the Halle Exchange program. Representatives from ATC and Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg, located in Detmold, Germany, laid the foundation for a global partnership in 1996. In 1998 the two colleges became sister schools and initiated the Halle Exchange program. The exchange program is funded by The Halle Foundation, The Atlanta Technical College Foundation, and by contributions from Atlanta-based corporations.

In February 2011, students and faculty from Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg will spend two weeks in Atlanta, studying on ATC’s campus and participating in mini-internships with Atlanta companies.

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September 13, 2010
Atlanta Tech receives national acclaim for graduating students


Atlanta Technical College has been named a leader in graduating students in the field of marketing. According to the June 14 edition of Community College Weekly, the college now ranks 36th nationally among all two-year institutions in awarding associates degrees in the area of sales, merchandising, and related marketing operations. The 2009 graduation rate in the marketing management program increased 83 percent over the previous year.

Atlanta Technical College was also recognized as a top producer of one-year certificate graduates. The institution ranked 54th among all two-year institutions in the nation in conferring diplomas across all disciplines. In 2009, approximately 952 Georgians earned diplomas at Atlanta Technical College.

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September 13,, 2010
State Recognizes Atlanta Tech GED Testing Center


The Official GED Testing Center at Atlanta Technical College was recently recognized by the Technical College System of Georgia for being one of only three medium-sized GED testing centers in Georgia to have the largest growth in the number of GED test takers between calendar years 2008 and 2009.

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September 1, 2010
Atlanta Technical College to host Student Information Sessions on the Quarter to Semester Conversion


Atlanta Technical College and The Technical College System of Georgia will adopt semester scheduling in August 2011, changing from the current quarter system. On Wednesday, September 1 and Thursday, September 2, Atlanta Technical College will host Q2S Student Information Sessions to discuss how the conversion will impact student scheduling, finances and matriculation at the college.

Q2S Student Information Sessions.
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September 1 – 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m..
September 2- 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.

All sessions will be in the Auditorium of the Academic Building

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August 24, 2010
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.



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August 18, 2010
Atlanta Technical College Continuing Ed program featured in the AJC


WEOP partners with Atlanta Technical College
Program helps workers become independent contractors


By Laura Raines
For AJC Jobs

The Women’s Employment Opportunity Project (WEOP) has provided women with technology-based solutions, training and skills to help them find jobs for 11 years. With Georgia’s unemployment rate at about 10 percent, finding jobs is a challenge.

“What do you do when you can’t find a job and your unemployment funding runs out?” asked Antionette Ball, founder of WEOP. “You reinvent yourself as an independent contractor, freelancer or consultant. With jobs harder to come by, more job seekers need to learn how to work for themselves.”

Ball has discovered many resources, workshops and courses to help people start a business; most focused on writing a business plan and securing funding.

“Our clients didn’t necessarily need to start a business, but they needed to learn entrepreneurial skills and good business practices,” Ball said. “If they couldn’t find work, we wanted to empower them to make something happen for themselves.”

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August 02, 2010
Kia Donates 2011 Sorento to Atlanta Technical College


Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas gets Kia ‘key to the future’ in ceremony in West Point, Ga.



West Point, Ga. -- Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College received a Kia “key to the future” during a special event held today at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point, Ga., when Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. (KMMG) donated 20 of the all-new Kia Sorentos to the Technical College System of Georgia. The colleges receiving the cars were chosen based on the size of enrollment in their automotive programs.

“KMMG deeply appreciates the support we continue to receive from the State of Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue, Commissioner Ron Jackson and the entire Technical College System Board of Directors,” said KMMG President and CEO Byung Mo Ahn. “The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia’s technical college system has done to support our success.”

“The Technical College System of Georgia has been an important partner for Kia Motors Manufacturing from the very beginning,” said Mr. K.S. Kim, senior vice president of KMMG, during the presentation ceremony. “Many of the technical colleges have provided support for our endeavor, and most especially Georgia Quick Start has been critical to our success, as they have developed and delivered workforce training that is the new global benchmark in our industry of advanced automotive manufacturing.

“The donation of these vehicles is just one expression of our deep appreciation for all that Georgia’s technical college system has done to support our success,” Mr. Kim added. “We consider the keys to these Kia Sorentos to also be the keys to the future for technical college students across the great state of Georgia.”

Kia first announced it was going to build an automotive manufacturing facility in Georgia in 2006. The Kia Georgia Training Center, operated jointly by Kia and Georgia Quick Start, opened its doors in 2008, and since then, KMMG has hired more than 1,700 team members who began producing the best-selling, award-winning Sorento last November.

Commissioner Ron Jackson spoke on behalf of the TCSG at the presentation ceremony. “Students across the state will have the opportunity to experience some of the most sophisticated automotive technology on the market today,” Jackson said. “KMMG’s generous donation will help prepare our graduates with the knowledge and experience to compete in the world of advanced automotive manufacturing.”

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College remarked, “Atlanta Technical College is pleased to accept this generous donation. Support from community partners such as Kia Motors Manufacturing is critical to the success of our programs. This 2011 Kia Sorento, equipped with the latest automotive technology, will help us prepare our students for lucrative careers in the automotive industry.”

The Industrial and Transportation Technologies Division at the college prepares students for careers in automotive technology and automotive collision repair. Instruction is delivered using theoretical and empirical methodologies. Diplomas are offered in diesel equipment technology, collision repair and automotive technology. Technical certificates of credit are offered in: automotive electrical/electronic systems, automotive suspension and steering technician, diesel electrical and electronics systems technician, automotive manual drive train/axel repair technician, diesel drivability performance specialist, automotive brake technician, automotive heating/air conditioning technician, automotive automatic transmission transaxle technician, body repair assistant, collision major repair assistant, diesel engine service technician and diesel truck maintenance technician. For more information on the Atlanta Technical College automotive technology department, call 404-225-4504 or visit trodgers@atlantatech.edu.

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August 02, 2010
Atlanta Technical College to Join the Mayor’s Office of Weed & Seed and Community Organizations for NATIONAL NIGHT OUT


ATLANTA, GA - On Tuesday, August 3rd, Atlanta Technical College, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Weed & Seed and nearly a dozen community organizations will gather in John F. Kenney Park to observe the “27th Annual National Night Out“ (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Mayor’s Office of Weed and Seed, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 36 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.

Locally, the Mayor’s Office of Weed & Seed will be hosting National Night Out at John F. Kennedy Park located at 225 Chestnut St/Orr St. NW, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be games and activities for the kids, food and drinks, music, giveaways, and more. Atlanta Technical College will be on hand to provide residents with information on educational and career opportunities at the college and distribute drawstring backpacks to the children in attendance. The Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males (AIM) will share information on the workshops and services they provide to high school aged and adult males. All giveaways and activities will be provided free of charge. The public is encouraged to attend.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

On August 3rd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.

Other civic and community groups participating in the Weed & Seed event include: City of Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire and Rescue, English Avenue Neighborhood Association, Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, The Organized Neighborhoods of Summerhill, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Raising Expectations and the neighborhoods of Vine City, Peoplestown, Historic Adair Park and Mechanicsville.

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July 27, 2010
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on enrollment spike at ATC and TCSG


Georgia's technical colleges set enrollment record

Vanessa Lyons was working as a certified nursing assistant when her company went out of business in October 2009. She enrolled in the practical nursing program at Atlanta Technical College and plans to graduate in about 6 months.

"As a CNA I made enough to keep above water, but it wasn't enough to be successful," Lyons, 48, said. "I wanted a better career and wanted to improve my lifestyle. I want to be able to retire someday." Jackson said growth among students like Lyons will eventually stabilize. But that won't happen for awhile as unemployment rates continue to increase and experts predict a slow economic recovery, he said.

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July 26, 2010
The Atlanta Journal Constitution features ATC visual communications program




Visual communications program opens doors to multiple creative jobs
By Laura Raines
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When he was in high school in the 1980s, Anthony Randolph thought an arts career meant a job drawing, painting or sculpting. But teachers introduced him to other choices, such as drafting and architecture. At Indiana University his career options were expanded even more.

“I was majoring in architecture, but then I started getting into computing and taking design classes,” said Randolph, chair of the visual communications department at Atlanta Technical College. “I can remember when the department got its first Mac computer and everyone just ran to see it.”

Randolph switched his major to graphic design and his career choices really opened up. In 15 years in the graphic arts industry, he worked as a typographer, graphic designer, illustrator, Web designer, interactive designer, animator and graphic film technician.

Along the way he went to graduate school to study computer animation and visual effects. He worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, an Internet startup company, a digital animation company in San Francisco and Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucas film, Ltd. His film credits include “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Bourne Supremacy,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and others. Four years ago Randolph came to Atlanta Technical University to grow its visual communications program. “I had a lot of experience in this industry and I wanted to pass it on to a new generation,” he said.

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July 26, 2010
Atlanta Technical College profiled in KNOW Atlanta




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July 12, 2010
Atlanta Technical College Will Convert from Quarters to Semesters Starting Fall 2011


Year-Long Student Advisement Period to Begin at Atlanta Technical College;
New Website TCSGSemester411.com Helps with Info and Answers


ATLANTA – Atlanta Technical College and Georgia’s 26 technical colleges will convert from the quarter to semester system, beginning with the fall semester in August 2011, a change that furthers seamless education in Georgia and improves the state’s workforce development.

The college and has made a strong commitment to its students to assist them through the conversion with minimal disruption to their studies. Beginning in the summer of 2010 and continuing through summer 2011, Atlanta Technical College and its 25 sister colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will offer one-on-one advisement sessions and individualized academic plans to all affected students. Emphasis will be made on easing any student concerns about the conversion and their course credits, graduation dates and financial aid.

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July 8, 2010
Atlanta Technical College To Host Free 8-Week Business Course


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July 5, 2010
Atlanta Technical College unveils the 2010 edition of Strictly Business magazine


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June 29, 2010
Atlanta Technical College students excel at SkillsUSA National Championships




Collectively, four students from Atlanta Technical College were named National Finalists in SkillsUSA competitions held June 20-26 in Kansas City, Missouri. Nickolas Lee, Atlanta Tech CISCO student, was a National Finalist in the Computer Programming competition. Marketing management students Alexis Anderson, Bernita Diawara and Shavon Nesbitt, represented the college in the Entrepreneurship Team competition. They also were National Finalists in their category.

In addition to reaching the finals in their respective categories, each student received a Skill Point Certificate as recognition for their outstanding achievements. Only contestants who scored above the cut score of 75% earned a Skill Point certificate.

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June 28, 2010
Atlanta Technical College and The Technical College System of Georgia will adopt semester scheduling in August 2011, changing from the current quarter system.


Atlanta Technical College and The Technical College System of Georgia will adopt semester scheduling in August 2011, changing from the current quarter system. The conversion from the current quarter scheduling to a semester calendar will offer real benefits to students – from providing more instructional time to improving the ease of transferring credits to four-year institutions.

Beginning in July 2010, Atlanta Technical College will begin a year-long advisement period to inform current and future students about the conversion.

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June 28, 2010
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.

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June 24, 2010
Congressman John Lewis to host a free Grant Forum at Atlanta Technical College on July 9th, 2010




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June 14, 2010
Articulo - El Financiero en línea



La más reciente de la Fed


Un gobernador de la Reserva Federal consideró que la economía estadounidense se encuentra casi lo suficientemente fuerte como para permitir que la Fed comience a pensar en elevar las tasas de interés, aun si el desempleo continúa elevado.

"Es posible que haya que empezar a subir la tasa de referencia, aun cuando el desempleo esté considerablemente más alto que antes de la recesión", estimó Lockhart en un discurso preparado para pronunciar en el Atlanta Technical College. "Una buena política monetaria, aun en circunstancias de niveles inaceptables de desempleo, puede acaso incorporar tasas de interés más altas", apuntó el funcionario, quien confía en la recuperación económica estadounidense, que ya lleva un año.



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June 14, 2010
AJC article on ATC partner - Hapeville Career Academy



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June 14, 2010
Atlanta Daily World Article on the AIM Servant Leaders Awards





"The essence of servant leadership is love," former ambassador and civil rights icon Andrew Young told the 2010 Servant Leaders Awards Dinner attendees June 3 at Atlanta Technical College.

Young was the keynote speaker for the event that recognized three Atlanta leaders as part of the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males Call to Action Conference. The three honorees were Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, Providence Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley and NBA Hall of Fame Referee and ATC Advisory Board member Ken Hudson.

Young told the audience, which included several of the young men enrolled in the AIM program, that this initiative is the perfect opportunity for them to develop for the future.

"The Lord will help you make a way out of no way," Young said. "And if you're going in the right direction and doing the right thing, you're going to be all right."

He urged the young men to have faith in themselves, faith in the institution that is working with them and faith in God. He told them that they should strive not just to get a job but to start their own businesses.

AIM is a program of Atlanta Technical College designed to "inspire young men not only to succeed in their coursework, but also to make success a habit," according to ATC President Alvetta P. Thomas.

"We motivate them to graduate and to make lifelong learning a priority. We encourage them to excel in academics, in the workplace and in other dimensions of their lives."

Henry M. Carter, AIM project director, presented the young men, who were dressed in dark blue suits with gold ties, as they gave testimonies about AIM.

Speaking on behalf of the program were Japheth Hutchinson, who is also president of the Student Government Association, AIM graduate Marqui Lewis; and participant Anthony McDaniel.

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June 14, 2010
Northeast Georgian article on the TCSG GOAL Student of the Year and finalists



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June 14, 2010
Atlanta College Honors Students



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June 8, 2010
Atlanta Tech’s Shameka Lockhart Reaches Top Four in Statewide Competition



Shameka Lockhart, a marketing management student at Atlanta Technical College, has tied for second-runner up in the Technical College System of Georgia 2010 student of the year competition.

The award was announced during the TCSG’s annual GOAL award banquet at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel on May 27.

GOAL, the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, recognizes the best of the best students from among this year’s record-breaking enrollment at the state’s 28 technical colleges. “It’s a great achievement to be named one of the four best students in the Technical College System of Georgia,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. “Shameka is an outstanding student who excelled and earned her place as one of the regional finalists for this year’s student of the year award. I commend her strong effort and thank her for being such a fine representative for Atlanta Technical College.”

Shameka and her nominating instructor, Grant Harris, were introduced to the audience of 400 banquet attendees that included the TCSG leadership, college presidents and their staffs, and other dignitaries.

Judging for the GOAL award starts at the 28 technical colleges and one Board of Regents college with a technical division, then moves to the regional and state levels. In each step of the competition, the students are interviewed and judged on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, community involvement and future aspirations.

The competition for the award is intense, for not only is the winner named Georgia’s technical college student of the year, the student also gets the keys to a brand-new Chevrolet Cobalt, presented by Chevrolet and the Atlanta Chevrolet dealers, sponsors of the GOAL award program.

The 2010 state GOAL winner and student of the year is Brian Jones, a practical nursing student at North Georgia Technical College.



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June 3, 2010
Sources of Employment Uncertainty





Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President and CEO Dennis Lockhart delivered a speech about productivity, labor, and the economy at Atlanta Technical College on June 3, 2010. He was the keynote speaker for the Sixth Annual Atlanta Technical College Business Breakfast.



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June 3, 2010
The Medical News features ATC health information technology program in article Demand rises for graduates of health information technology programs



"Established in 2007 and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management Education, the program has grown to about 350 students." A $1 million grant is allowing the college to hire more staff to educate more students. "Students take courses in anatomy and physiology; health care supervision and management; health information technology; data management and statistics; the legal aspects of keeping medical records; the coding of clinical data; pharmacology; and human diseases. These courses give them the technical knowledge and professional skills required to process, maintain, compile and report health information data for reimbursement, utilization management, research and other purposes." They also take internships at hospitals, and new graduates make about $16 an hour (Raines, 5/25).



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June 1, 2010
Now you can get Atlanta Tech tweets sent directly to your phone



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June 1, 2010
2010 Housing Summit to be held at Atlanta Technical College



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June 1, 2010
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution features Atlanta Technical College health information technology program in article


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May 24, 2010
Atlanta Technical College Celebrates Diversity


      


On May 19, Atlanta Technical College was transformed into an international marketplace, showcasing the arts, entertainment, food and traditions of countries from around the world. The theme for the 2010 International Day at the college was, “Celebrating Our Diversity.” The event featured Russian Kalinka Dancers, an International Quilt Exhibit, Spanish Flamenco Dancers, an African Ekpo Masquerade, Dancers from the Japanese Women’s Garden Club and international vendors. More than 50 countries are represented on the Atlanta Technical College campus including: Bermuda, Nigeria, The Bahamas, Togo, Korea, Egypt, Mali, Poland, Burundi, Estonia, Hungary, Vietnam, Somalia, Haiti, Peru, Colombia, The Republics of the Former Soviet Union, Japan, Eritrea, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Thailand and more. International Day is a way to acknowledge the contributions that students, faculty and staff, from other nations have made to the college.

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May 24, 2010
Georgia Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond to Give Commencement Address




Atlanta Technical College will confer degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit during its 2010 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Civic Center. Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond will deliver the Commencement Address.



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May 17, 2010
Atlanta Technical College President Named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Who's Who in Education List



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May 13, 2010
Atlanta Technical College Instructor to present at International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence




Kenneth Swain, Pluming instructor at Atlanta Technical College, has been invited to serve as a presenter at 32nd Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence which will be held in Austin, Texas from May 30-June 2, 2010. He will facilitate a breakout session entitled Blue Collar Cyberspace. The session will examine how the construction and plumbing industries use technology to enhance academic and training programs.

Swain, a 25 year plumbing veteran, currently uses hybrid, web-enhanced courses to teach plumbing at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he authors a plumbing blog that has garnered an international following.

Swain will also be one of the 10 exemplary Atlanta Technical College faculty members receiving 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Awards of Excellence at the conference.



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May 10, 2010
Atlanta Technical College staff member featured in Mother’s Day article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.




Whether flower is red or white, color signifies love of mom

Among the many decisions Marilyn Arrington will make as she readies for church this Mother’s Day morning — which lipstick to apply, which hat will look best — one will be more freighted than the rest. Which flower, red or white?

If she follows tradition, Arrington will pin a white blossom to the bodice of her dress, the fragile petals conveying a heavy truth shared by many today: My mother is gone. But the memories are here. It is a Mother’s Day custom born a century ago that for many people, endures. Those whose mothers are dead commemorate by wearing white flowers; those whose mothers are alive celebrate with buds of red.

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May 4, 2010
Technical Colleges’ Spring Enrollment Climbs


Atlanta – Spring quarter enrollment in Georgia’s 28 technical colleges is up by 19% over the same time last year.

Initial numbers posted by the technical colleges indicate that the current spring enrollment of 107,269 students is 17,381 more than in the previous spring quarter of 2009, when 89,888 students attended classes on the TCSG campuses.

It also marks the third consecutive quarter of six-digit enrollment in the Technical College System of Georgia, which is a first for the system.

The TCSG colleges are on pace for close to a 20% overall enrollment increase in the current fiscal year ending on June 30. The system projects that the annual enrollment in FY 2010 will be in excess of 185,000 students, or about 30,000 more students than in the previous year.

Affordable tuition and world-class training that leads to an in-demand job in two years or less is increasingly attractive to both the younger, more traditional college students as well as older men and women seeking to learn new skills because they’re either under-employed or out of work entirely.

In fact, this spring quarter’s largest percentage increase was in the 40 and over age group, which rose by a third from 14,263 students in the spring of 2009 to the current 19,015 students.

The 25 and under age group, which accounts for about half of all TCSG students, grew by 11%.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson notes that the huge growth in enrollment continues to be fueled in large part by the effects of the recession, although the attraction of a technical college education is expected to remain strong even when the economy recovers.

“Georgia’s technical colleges offer low tuition and exceptional training in skills that are highly marketable and integral to the workforce needs of business and industry. We believe that the lasting value of a TCSG education will continue to draw more and more students to our campuses,” said Jackson.

TCSG tuition is currently $40 per credit hour but will be raised to $45 dollars beginning with the summer 2010 quarter. Since the majority of TCSG students use either the Georgia HOPE grant or the federal Pell grant (or both, depending on their need), most should see no additional out of pocket cost since the tuition increase will be covered by the grants.

Almost 90% of TCSG students utilize state and federal grants to help pay for their education. As a result, very few TCSG graduates leave college and enter the job market while saddled with a heavy student loan debt.

Georgia’s 28 technical colleges offer 600 programs that lead to in-demand jobs and careers. Almost 40% of all TCSG students are enrolled in healthcare programs, and thousands more are readying themselves for careers in areas ranging from aerospace, energy and the environment, and life sciences to more traditional trades like electronics, automotive technology and cosmetology.

Reporters and editors note: spreadsheets showing a individual college enrollment growth and student age groups is available online at: http://www.tcsg.edu/download/7day_&_age_report.pdf



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May 4, 2010
ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO ADVANCE HEATH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY


Atlanta Technical College will receive more than $ 1 million in grant funding as part of the Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals Cooperative Agreement Program. Through the program, community and technical colleges will provide training in six Health Information Technology (HIT) workforce roles. Only colleges with HIT programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management were solicited for participation in the Region D consortium assembled by Pitt Community College.

The Region D consortium will serve a population of 97,020,826 persons and includes colleges located in 12 of the 13 U.S. states in the region. Out of the 20 colleges selected for participation in the collaborative, Atlanta Technical College is the only Georgia-based institution. The grants which are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L. 111-5), Title XIII, and issued by the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, aim to significantly upgrade the nation’s health care system by increasing the number of qualified healthcare practitioners, modernizing medical systems, enhancing data retrieval processes, and improving the continuity of health care across the spectrum.



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April 29, 2010
Shameka Lockhart, a marketing management student, has won the coveted title of GOAL Winner


Shameka Lockhart, a marketing management student, has won the coveted title of GOAL Winner, also known as the Student of the Year Award at Atlanta Technical College. Lockhart, a native of Houston-Texas, impressed the GOAL judges with her commitment to community service.

Lockhart was nominated by Grant Harris, Chair of the Marketing Department. As GOAL Winner, Lockhart will compete for the state title and serve as an ambassador for the college over the next year.

The finalists in Atlanta Tech’s GOAL competition were: Deborah Johnson, visual communications; Nicole Moore, Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism; Christina Thomas, early childhood education; and Shavon Nesbitt, marketing management. Along with the Goal Winner, the finalists represent the best and the brightest at Atlanta Tech.

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April 29, 2010
Atlanta Technical College unveiled the 2010 edition of Journeys magazine on April 21 at the Ninth Annual Bridge Builder Awards.



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April 22, 2010
Technical College alum named executive director of The Anguilla Hotel Association


Technical College alum named executive director of The Anguilla Hotel Association . Read More here



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April 19, 2010
The Atlanta Journal-Constitutions highlights the Atlanta Tech Dental Lab Tech program.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitutions highlights the Atlanta Tech Dental Lab Tech program. Read here



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April 8, 2010
Atlanta Technical College hosts online career fair to fill more than twenty positions



Atlanta, GA – April 8, 2010 – Atlanta Technical College is hosting an online career fair to fill more than twenty positions. The new opportunities result from the dramatic increase in enrollment and from the expansion of health-focused education programs. The college experienced an increase of 47 percent during the fall quarter and 43 percent during the winter. In late 2010 Atlanta Technical College will open a $14.2 million allied health complex that will house medical related programs of study.

The college is recruiting for professional staff positions such as Fiscal Analyst and Institutional Research Specialist. Faculty positions are also available in culinary arts, dental assisting, medical billing, health information technology, visual communications and commercial truck driving. All open positions are posted in the employment section of the Atlanta Technical College website at www.atlantatech.edu. Interested parties are asked to review all of the position requirements and apply online.

Complete list of positions (as of April 8, 2010)

Director of Recruitment & Special Partnerships
Child Enrichment Center Instructor Part-time
Technical Instructor Automotive Technology
Technical Instructor Heating & Air Conditioning
Student Advisor part-time
Adjunct Cosmetology Instructor
Institutional Research Specialist
Fiscal Analyst
Instructor English General Education
Instructor Culinary Arts
Instructor English Learning Support
Instructor Reading
Program Coordinator Associate Degree Nursing Program
Technical Instructor Graphic Arts Visual Communications
Technical Instructor Commercial Truck Driving
Education Technology Specialist
Instructor Dental Assisting
Technical Instructor Medical Billing
Technical Instructor Medical Coding
Instructor Health Information Technology
Part-time Adjunct Instructors




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April 7, 2010
Paralegal Roundtable Discussion Slated for Atlanta Technical College




The paralegal studies department at Atlanta Technical College will host a roundtable discussion featuring practitioners from the Georgia Association of Paralegals on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. The event will be held in Room 117 of the Cleveland Dennard Building on the Atlanta Tech campus. The program begins at 6:00 p.m.



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April 6, 2010
Students spend Spring Break giving back




Five students from the Student Government Association at Atlanta Technical College spent part of their Spring Break giving back to the community. The delegation delivered more than two pallets of food, bottled water, diapers and hygiene items to the Hosea Feed the Hungry organization.

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April 6, 2010
Atlanta Tech president presents nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner with an Atlanta Technical College census shirt




Atlanta Tech president Alvetta Peterman Thomas presents nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner with an Atlanta Technical College census shirt during the Tom Joyner census bus tour.



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April 5, 2010
President of Atlanta Technical College – a female powerhouse in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta




Atlanta, Georgia (April 1, 2010) – Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College, has been recognized by Who’s Who In Black Atlanta for demonstrating leadership, innovation and excellence in education. Her inclusion in the special Female Powerhouses of Atlanta section was announced on March 30 at the Georgia International Convention Center during the unveiling of the 2010 edition of the book. Thomas is a veteran educator with more than 20 years of experience in secondary and post-secondary education. She is the only African American woman currently to lead a technical college in Georgia. Under her leadership, the college has reached new heights with a 98 percent job placement rate, an increase in college enrollment of more than 40 percent, and the development of the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males, which was designed to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of African American males. Later this year this school will open a $14.2 million Allied Health and Technology Complex that is expected to further boost enrollment and position Atlanta Technical College as a leader in health-focused education.

Thomas has shared her knowledge of best practices in post-secondary education in presentations at various conferences, including the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Annual Meeting, the Annual Conference for the Association for Integrative Studies, and the Georgia Tech Prep Conference. She currently serves as a member of the board for Metro RESA, the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, and the Metro Chamber of Commerce Atlanta Public Schools Committee.

Atlanta Technical College is well represented in the 12th Edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. In addition to Thomas, two college administrators are featured in the publication. Rodney Ellis, Executive Vice President of Institutional Advancement, is recognized for his leadership in academia. Harold E. Craig, Vice President of Economic Development, is featured in the Corporate Brass section of the publication.

For over twelve years, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta directories have chronicled the lives of the most influential African Americans in the city, from every significant field – including government, medicine, law, entrepreneurship, education, cultural arts, religion, entertainment, and business and industry. The 2010 edition of the book highlights the accomplishments of more than 500 African-American Atlantans leading the way in business and the community. Who’s Who in Black Atlanta serves as a biographical reference for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world.



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March 15, 2010
Atlanta Tech is the site of Community meetings on Ft. McPherson development


Atlanta officials have scheduled several meetings to hear from residents about how Fort McPherson should be redeveloped.
The meetings will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy. S.W.
In 2005, federal officials announced plans to close the 488-acre Army base within six years. City officials estimate the redevelopment could create as many as 13,000 jobs and generate between $7 million and $16 million a year to Atlanta in property taxes.

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March 08, 2010
Atlanta INtown Article on Goodwill Industries and Atlanta Tech Green Jobs Grant




Goodwill Industries International will receive a $7.3 million grant as part of Pathways Out of Poverty, a funding opportunity authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This grant brings $1 million of federal monies to metro Atlanta. Through the grant, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Georgia, Atlanta Technical College and nine additional community-based organizations will implement work-readiness and occupational-skills training programs that prepare low-income and disadvantaged Georgians to work in green jobs. The local project entitled, Goodwill Goes Green, proposes to serve 200 low- income and disadvantaged people facing barriers to employment living in South DeKalb, providing them with green job-skills training leading to entry-level and pre-apprentice occupations that provide pathways to gainful employment. In addition to Atlanta Technical College, DeKalb Workforce Development, DeKalb Technical College, Radiance Solar, Handcrafted Homes Inc., Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association, Georgia Trade Up, Southface Energy Institute, St. Philip AME Church and Housing Authority of DeKalb County will work on the Goodwill Goes Green initiative in Georgia. For more information: (404) 225-4604.

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March 04, 2010
Atlanta Technical College, Preparing Atlantans for the Green Jobs Championed by President Obama in Savannah Tuesday


March 4, 2010 – Savannah, Georgia - Yesterday, at Savannah Technical College, as President Barack Obama unveiled his $6 billion Homestar program to fund energy retrofits of American homes, Atlanta Technical College president Alvetta Peterman Thomas sat in the front row. Thomas’s presence was significant as she is a proponent of eco-sustainability in education. Like the president, Thomas believes that expanding skilled trade education to include components on building energy efficient homes and structures will create jobs, strengthen the economy and position the U.S. as a leader in green-collar jobs innovation. Colleges such as Atlanta Technical College have upgraded their industrial curricula to prepare students to fill jobs in weatherization, green construction and solar energy retrofitting.

“It was an honor to join my colleagues at the president’s speech in Savannah,” said Thomas. “Our mission at Atlanta Technical College is to prepare students to meet the demands of business, industry and indeed, the community. As such, we have been working towards empowering Georgians to earn living wages in socially-responsible, eco-friendly industries. To hear president Obama underscore the need for green-jobs training Tuesday was truly encouraging.”

If approved by Congress, the president’s Homestar initiative will revitalize the slumping construction industry and save homeowners money, as their properties become more energy efficient. Under president Obama’s plan, homeowners could get up to $3,000 in rebates from contractors and retail stores when they retrofit their homes to become more energy efficient. According to the White House, two to three million homeowners may take advantage of the program.

On a local level, this program will immediately benefit contractors like the ones graduating from Atlanta Technical College’s plumbing, HVAC and construction supervisory management programs. Through the silver star component of the president’s plan, these workers will be hired to perform simple but much needed upgrades to local homes, installing energy efficient water heaters, heating and air systems, duct sealing and new insulation. Contractors can also sit for gold level accreditation from the Building Performance Institute, which will qualify them to perform whole-house energy audits and improvements. Certified contracting crews could see an additional 250 retrofitting projects per year.



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March 03, 2010
Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced


Atlanta Tech’s Teacher of the Year finalists have been announced. They are: Rosalind Manning, Academic & Learning Support Services Division; Cedric Haney, Industrial & Transportation Technologies; Carolyn Helms, Health & Public Safety Technologies; and Anthony Randolph, Business and Public Service Technologies.

Also known as the Rick Perkins Award, this honor recognizes exemplary instructional excellence.



                    

Rosalind Manning        Cedric Haney           Carolyn Helms        Anthony Randolph                                 

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March 02, 2010
Nursing Associates Degree on the Horizon

On January 14, 2010, the Georgia Board of Nursing granted developmental approval to Atlanta Technical College for the development and implementation of its proposed Associate Degree Nursing Program.



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March 02, 2010

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the US Census Bureau and Atlanta Technical College team up to promote the Census





The Pi Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. partnered with Atlanta Technical College and the U.S. Census Bureau to host a continuing education session on the importance of completing and returning the 2010 census survey. More than 275 students, faculty and staff, attended the workshop.



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March 02, 2010
The Institute for Males Celebrates One Year At Atlanta Technical College





Atlanta Technical College has a strong tradition of providing metro Atlanta residents with educational outcomes designed to enhance career opportunities. However, it had become increasingly evident over the past several of years that the unemployment and underemployment rates among men of color were skyrocketing out of control. To combat this disturbing trend the college used a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and Postsecondary Education to launch the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males (AIM) in February 2009. Today, AIM is celebrating a year of milestones and changing lives, impacting more than 1,000 high school aged and adult males.

The mission of AIM is to increase the enrollment, retention, graduation, and job placement rates of males at Atlanta Technical College. The program addresses recidivism, improves educational outcomes of post secondary education, increases exposure to cultural experiences, and fosters an environment of civic engagement. Most importantly, the staff provides emotional, intellectual, and financial support to participants.

Henry Carter, AIM program director, shares his philosophy regarding the role of AIM, “There is no ‘perfect’ solution (to society’s challenges), but programs such as the AIM program at ATC are an important step in the right direction. Through the program, we’ve had an opportunity to really connect with these amazing and inspiring young men, who are so appreciative of someone taking the time to nurture them and invest in their future.”

Over the past year, AIM has sponsored a summer leadership camp for high school students, conducted personal and professional development workshops on the Atlanta Tech campus and launched leadership academies at four Atlanta-area high schools. The group has also led empowerment programs for inmates at the Fulton County Jail. Recently, AIM employees directed community work sessions on improving educational outcomes for black men, at the Fulton County Summit on African American Males.

AIM proponents believe that the program has witnessed so much success in just one year because the counselors and staff are committed to developing well-rounded, productive men. The organization addresses both the internal and external factors that impact the behavior, psyche and self-esteem of young men. AIM has had an impressive year one and is seeking new program participants, community partners and funders to help move the program forward in year two. For more information on the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males, contact Henry Carter at 404-756-2709 or hcarter@atlantatech.edu.



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March 02, 2010


Atlanta Technical College’s president lauded among ‘Women of Influence’

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February 25, 2010
Dr. Alvetta Thomas honored as Atlanta Woman of Influence



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February 23, 2010
Atlanta Technical College President Named An Atlanta Woman of Influence





Atlanta, GA – February 23, 2010 – Today Atlanta Technical College President Alvetta Peterman Thomas was honored as one of the Atlanta Business League’s Women of Influence for 2010. Thomas was recognized for her strong leadership role in higher education and for exemplifying many of the attributes that make Atlanta a global leader in business and industry. The Atlanta Business League (ABL) honored 100 of Atlanta’s most impressive women on February 23 at the Fifteenth Annual Women of Vision Breakfast.

The Atlanta Business League was established in 1933 as an affiliate of the National Business League, and fosters the growth, creation, and development of successful business enterprises owned, operated and managed by African-Americans in metropolitan Atlanta. Understanding that workforce training is critical in today’s business environment, the ABL honored Dr. Alvetta Thomas for her work in increasing the number of highly-qualified, work ready graduates in the city.

Under Thomas’ leadership, the college has reached new heights with a 98 percent job placement rate, an increase in college enrollment of more than 40 percent, and the development of the Atlanta Technical College Institute for Males which was designed to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of African American males. Later this year this school will open a $14.2 million Allied Health and Technology Complex that is expected to further boost enrollment and position Atlanta Technical College as a leader in health-focused education.



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February 04, 2010


WXIA Channel 11 coverage of the Forum on African American Men held at Atlanta Technical College

Video:    The Status Forum of African American Men in Atlanta Watch Video here...



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February 04, 2010
Ga. technical colleges continue enrollment spike



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The recession is working for Georgia's technical schools, which continue to set record enrollments as adults return to school seeking new skills and careers.

The Technical College System of Georgia has 109,548 students taking courses this winter -- the system's largest winter attendance. It's an increase of about 26 percent -- or more than 22,000 students -- from last winter.

The gains follow enrollment increases recorded during the fall and summer quarters as laid-off workers and underemployed adults try to reboot their careers.

Commissioner Ron Jackson said technical colleges are "the education resource for anyone who wants to gain the kinds of skills and knowledge that result in great careers, even in today’s difficult economy."

Why technical college?

Students can get new skills in high-demand fields without spending a lot of money, said Alvetta Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. That campus increased enrollment by about 43 percent to 4,851 students.

Certificate programs run from 10 weeks to 14 months and diploma programs take between one to two years, depending on the area. Tuition typically costs about $2,400 a year, with much paid through federal grants and state programs, such as the HOPE grant.

Thomas said the schools successfully find students jobs. Atlanta Tech boasts a 98 percent job placement rate -- slightly higher than the 94 percent for the entire system.

What are students studying?

The 28 campuses offer about 600 programs, but about 40 percent of all students are enrolled in health care programs, according to system figures. Other popular subjects include business, computer information systems and areas such as welding, plumbing and heating, ventilating and air conditioning.

Nursing, other health care fields and blue-collar fields, such as plumbers and welders, are projected to see increases in jobs, according to estimates by the state Labor Department’s Workforce Information and Analysis Division.

Students are looking for careers that are recession-proof, Thomas said.

"Plumbers will still be needed and people will pay to get their heat fixed," she said. "People are also looking for careers that will allow them to run their own businesses."

When will the growth end?

The current growth is a sharp turn from the declines the system experienced between fiscal years 2004 and 2007 when enrollments dropped between 1.5 to 2.5 percent.

While much of the current increase is attributed to the economy, the system changed its name in 2006 and has improved marketing and recruiting efforts.

The system expects next quarter's enrollment figures to be about 20 percent higher than the previous year, spokesman Mike Light said. Projections show the system will teach about 185,000 students this fiscal year, compared to 156,000 during the 2009 fiscal year, he said.

"We don't know when it will level off," Light said. "The economy is the wild card."

Staff writer Michael E. Kanell contributed to this report.

Enrollment at metro Atlanta campuses


College ... Winter ‘08 ... Winter ‘09 ... % change


Atlanta Technical ... 3,403 ... 4,851 ... 43
Chattahoochee Technical* ... N/A ... 11,057 ... N/A
DeKalb Technical ... 3,898 ... 4,958 ... 27
Gwinnett Technical ... 5,232 ... 6,505 ... 24
System total ... 87,046 ... 109,548 ... 26
Source: Technical System of Georgia.

Note: Percentages are rounded. Chattahoochee Technical merged this year with Appalachian Technical College and North Metro Technical College.




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January 26, 2010
Technical colleges provide training in green jobs



Atlanta Technical College and DeKalb Technical College are among the Georgia groups sharing a grant to train people in green jobs.
The grant, part of the federal stimulus plan, will spend about $1 million to provide 200 people in south DeKalb with skills in weatherization, construction and solar energy. The goal is to offer work-readiness training and other skills to provide a way out of poverty.

Other groups working on the project include: DeKalb Workforce Development, St. Philip AME Church and the Housing Authority of DeKalb County. For details...



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January 25, 2010
Atlanta Technical College and Goodwill Industries partnership receives U.S. Department of Labor Grant for Green Jobs Program



ATLANTA – On January 13, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced that Goodwill Industries International will receive a $7.3 million grant as part of “Pathways Out of Poverty,” a funding opportunity authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through the grant, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Georgia, Atlanta Technical College and nine additional community-based organizations, will implement work-readiness and occupational skills training programs that prepare low-income and disadvantaged Georgians to work in green jobs.

The local project entitled, “Goodwill Goes Green,” proposes to serve 200 low income and disadvantaged people facing barriers to employment. It will provide them with green job skills training - weatherization, construction and solar energy - leading to entry level and pre-apprentice occupations that provide pathways to gainful employment.

“Goodwill Goes Green” will target men, women and youth that are low income, unemployed/underemployed, dislocated workers, people with disabilities, high school drop outs, people with criminal records, and other disadvantaged individuals living in South DeKalb. This grant brings $1 million of federal monies to metro Atlanta.

“Atlanta Technical College is honored to partner with Goodwill Industries,” said Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. “Our mission is to prepare students to meet the demands of business, industry and indeed, the community. This grant will enable us to further our work toward empowering Georgians to earn living wages in socially-responsible, eco-friendly industries. With the U.S. Department of Labor grant and the expertise that we have obtained from implementing our existing educational programs, Atlanta Technical College is well on the way to becoming a leader in green jobs training.”

In addition to Atlanta Technical College, DeKalb Workforce Development, DeKalb Technical College, Radiance Solar, Handcrafted Homes, Inc., Greater Atlanta Home Builder Association, Georgia Trade Up, Southface Energy Institute, St. Philip AME Church and Housing Authority of DeKalb County, will be working on the “Goodwill Goes Green” initiative in Georgia.



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January 21, 2010
RollingOut publishes photos from the Atlanta Technical College legislative event



RollingOut publishes photos from the Atlanta Technical College legislative event Read more.



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January 21, 2010
Atlanta Daybook promotes Fulton County Summit at Atlanta Tech



Atlanta Daybook promotes Fulton County Summit at Atlanta Tech. Read more.



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January 20, 2010
Georgia Board of Nursing grants approval to proposed Associate Degree Nursing Program



Georgia Board of Nursing grants approval to Atlanta Technical College for the development and implementation of its proposed Associate Degree Nursing Program. Read more.



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January 11, 2010
Dr. Alvetta Thomas comments on the hiring of Frieda Hill as chancellor of the Alabama Community College System



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Freida Hill, chancellor of Alabama's two-year colleges

Students at Alabama's two-year colleges can expect to get more support to keep them in school, and to see expanded options for technical training under the system's new leadership. more..



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January 6, 2010

Annual Martin Luther King, JR. Celebration



On Thursday, January 14 at 10am * Atlanta Tech Auditorium Read Invitation here.

Key Note Speaker:Elisabeth Omilami, CEO Hosea Feed The Hungry.



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December 17, 2009

Record Number of Atlanta Technical College Students Recognized by The National Technical Honor Society



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Eighty-three Atlanta Technical College students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) during the Fall Quarter Induction Ceremony held on December 1. The NTHS is a non-profit educational organization established to honor excellence in workforce education. This very prestigious recognition is only open to students nominated by an instructor, in good standing with the college, and achieving a 3.5 GPA or higher.

“We are so proud of this special group of students that has achieved a high level of academic success this quarter,” said Dr. Alvetta Thomas, president, Atlanta Technical College. “Our faculty is dedicated to mentoring and teaching our students, and our relationship with NTHS allows them the opportunity to recognize those that are top performing.”

The students recognized this quarter will have an opportunity to attend the NTHS ceremony with other inductees from across the county, and they qualify for various scholarship opportunities offered by the organization. Additionally, at graduation, they will be adorned with a purple and white honor cord. Finally, NTHS can provide letters of recommendations for recognized students, which can be shared with potential employers.



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November 17, 2009
Enrollment at Ga. tech colleges zooms past 100K



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November 16, 2009
Atlanta Technical College Plumbing Instructor Appears On WXIA CHANNEL 11



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October 27, 2009
Atlanta Tech featured in Atlanta Journal-Constitution article



Georgia's technical colleges see record fall enrollment here.



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October 20, 2009
Atlanta Culinary Arts students were featured on the front page of the Clayton News Daily



Atlanta Culinary Arts students were featured on the front page of the Clayton News Daily. Click on link to view online version of the article here.



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  August 10, 2009
PREPARING TEENS FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY: ATLANTA’S YOUTH EARN THEIR CERTIFICATIONS WHILE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL



Youth Program Aimed at Training Youth for Jobs in the Healthcare Industry and Employing them within the Community.

Sadie G. Mays is a Health and Rehabilitation Center located in the heart of Atlanta. The facility, primarily serving long-term patients who require 24-hour skilled nursing care, is a typical nursing home, providing services to approximately 200 seniors. What stands out about this facility is the number of teenagers dressed in medical scrubs who walk the corridors.

These teens are participants in the Mayor’s Youth Program (MYP), an initiative started in 2005 by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, to assist Atlanta Public School students to create and activate a plan to pursue post-secondary education and/or workforce training. Participants in the program receive training in their preferred occupation through summer internships and training opportunities. In 2009, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made it possible for the Mayor’s Youth Program to place over 1,500 students in workforce training and employment opportunities throughout the city.

The Healthcare Program, in partnership with Atlanta Technical College, provides teens with a paid-training opportunity to become Certified Nursing Assistants, Patient Care Technicians and Pharmacy Technicians. Students earn college credits for their coursework and are provided a weekly stipend. During the nine-week course, students complete clinicals at area healthcare facilities, working with industry professionals to gain hands-on training and enhance their customer service skills.

“The clinicals are very informative and help students become accustomed to working in a nursing home and caring for people,” said Brishawn Ballenger. Brishawn, 18, participated in the healthcare program in 2008, prior to her senior year at Benjamin E. Mays High School, where she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification.

Abyria McCrary,17, will earn her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, before finishing her senior year at Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta. This summer has taught her the skill sets that she will use throughout her career. “What I learned in this program is that it takes hard work and dedication to achieve your goals. You don’t have time to be with your friends or go on vacations. You have to study and practice hard.”

It is with that hard work and dedication that Abyria hopes to end up like Brishawn, who will likely receive a job offer to become a full-time employee of the Sadie G. Mays Center. Brishawn used her CNA certification to gain a summer internship at the center through the MYP’s 2009 Summer Internship Program. Brishawn’s training and work-experience have made her an excellent candidate for the job. “The Mayor’s Youth Program helped me get a job and gain experience on the job,” she said.

The Healthcare program provides an introduction to the medical field for students looking to pursue a variety of careers. Ja’Cari Thomas, 18, a 2009 graduate of the New Schools at Carver High School in Atlanta, is preparing to begin her first year of college at Tuskegee University. Her preferred major is Wildlife and Biology and she wants to become a Veterinarian. She participated in this summer’s healthcare program because she wanted more experience in the medical field. She hopes that her CNA certification will allow her to work while in school and help to pay for her education. “I have been saving the stipend money I earned during the program and will be using it for dorm room expenses and college supplies,” she said.

The partnership with Atlanta Technical College also provided a training program in Air Conditioning. On August 10th, all 49 students participating in training programs at Atlanta Technical College will receive a certificate of completion during a graduation ceremony at the school. Thirty-students will graduate from the Patient Care Assisting Program, nine from the Pharmacy Technician Program and eight from the Air Conditioning Technician Program. Ten of those students plan to attend Atlanta Technical College in the fall.

For more information about this and services of the City of Atlanta visit our website at http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26.

About Atlanta Workforce Development Agency http://www.atlantaworkforce.org Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) is a collaborative partnership between Atlanta’s public and private sector, which develops and cultivates an adequate pool of qualified employees for the growing business market. AWDA is a bureau of the City of Atlanta under the Executive Offices of the Mayor, and was created through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) signed into legislation in 1998. AWDA's primary purpose is to administer employment and training programs to the citizens of Atlanta to offer workforce solution services to metro Atlanta businesses.

About the Mayor’s Youth Program http://www.mayorsyouthprogram.org/ The Mayor’s Youth Program, managed by the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, began in 2005 as Mayor Shirley Franklin’s initiative to adopt the Atlanta Public School System senior class and help them develop and implement a practical and individualized plan for their future. Students are connected to opportunities that enhance their ability to set goals for post-secondary success through workforce readiness training, summer internships, mentoring, and the financial assistance necessary to transition into a two or four year college, technical college, the workforce, or the military.



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  August 05, 2009
Atlanta Tech was featured on today's broadcast of Good Day Atlanta



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President Obama recently announced plans to infuse about $12 billion of federal tax money into technical and community colleges across the nation. President of Atlanta Technical College Dr. Alvetta Thomas talks about the impact of the initiative and its potential impact on Atlanta Technical Students. Please click here to view the segment here.



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July 18, 2009
Dorothy Named Teacher of the Year

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Dorothy Smith, a Dental Assisting Instructor, has been named Teacher of the Year, the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at Atlanta Technical College.



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July 15, 2009
Clayton County High School Students Earn Health Care Certification Through Atlanta Technical College’s Dual Enrollment Program



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Atlanta, GA – Six Clayton County students enrolled at the Perry Learning Center are now celebrating their completion of the Atlanta Technical College’s Patient Care Assisting (PCA) program. While other high school students are taking the summer off and relaxing, this highly-talented group of students has taken the first steps towards laying the groundwork for a successful long-term career in the healthcare industry.

The Clayton County high school students are Christine Merisier and Angela Doby - Perry Center, Keyera Thomas, Shanika Boyd, Keyona McElheney, and Yolanda Alfaro - Jonesboro High. They are six of more than 200 students from metro Atlanta high schools who took advantage of the dual enrollment program.

As part of their dual enrollment in Patient Care Assisting at the Atlanta Technical College, the students took 16 credit hours of coursework, including Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Medical Terminology and CNA Fundamentals. To prepare students for careers in the medical and health care industry, patient care assistants receive additional training that expands the traditional role of the nursing assistant. Students have an opportunity to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment, which makes them more desirable to hiring health care facilities because many employers prefer to hire prepared and qualified nursing assistants.

“The Patient Care Assisting Program offered by the Atlanta Technical College is ideal for those looking to get started in the healthcare industry as many of our students go on to advanced degrees in practical or registered nursing,” said Juli Gilyard, High School Initiatives Coordinator, Atlanta Technical College. “Our dual enrollment students have taken a series of very important first steps towards a successful career post-graduation, and it is our hope that other students follow this example by taking the initiative to enroll in similar programs.”

Following their completion of the certification program, the dual enrollment students participated in the 2009 Atlanta Technical College graduation ceremony in June 2009, and they are now preparing to take the state test to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Currently, healthcare is a very successful career field, in which, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), employment of assistants is expected to grow through the year 2012 because of the technological advances in medicine as well as the growth of an aging population.

The dual enrollment program offers students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit for courses taken through Atlanta Technical College. Additionally, the dual enrollment PCA program normally runs one high school year. Tuition and out of pocket expenses are around $1500. For most students, the HOPE Grant can cover tuition and defray the cost of books up to $100 per quarter.

Programs are offered both on the ATC campus or at the high school, and students may take technical courses within a technical certificate of credit (TCC). To qualify, students must be at least 16 years old, be classified as a junior or senior, and have good academic and discipline records. For more information about dual enrollment at the Atlanta Technical College, please contact Juli Gilyard at (404) 225-4427.



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July 15, 2009
Disney College Selects Atlanta Technical College Student For Internship Program



Atlanta – June 30, 2009 – Atlanta Technical College (ATC) early childhood education student, Skyla Holmes, was selected to participate in the 2009 Disney College Program. The highly-regarded internship will focus on a Disney-designed combination of education and work experience. Students will learn about various forms of marketing, networking, management and problem solving – the Disney way!

Originally a substitute teacher at Easter Fields of North Georgia in Atlanta, Skyla wanted to fulfill a desire to enhance her skills sets and began taking classes at the Atlanta Technical College.

“My recent promotion at Easter Fields is undoubtedly linked to the skill improvement I’ve received at Atlanta Technical College,” said Skyla Holmes, student, Atlanta Technical College. “My goal is to use each experience and each wonderful lesson to successfully complete my internship with the Disney College Program. Ideally my example and hard work will shine a great light on the candidate pool at ATC and open the door for many more of our students to receive this opportunity in the future.”

Additionally, while attending the Atlanta Technical College, Skyla successfully ran for a position as secretary of the Student Government Association. She also took advantage of the HOPE® scholarship and other financial aid programs such as the Ivy and Rose and Bright from the Start scholarship programs, which essentially covered 90 percent of her tuition and expenses.

Following her completion of the Disney College Program and graduating with an associate of applied science degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from the Atlanta Technical College in June, Skyla aspires to work as a youth counselor on one of the Disney Cruise lines.

For more information about the Disney College Program, please visit http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com.

For more information about the Atlanta Technical College, please visit http://www.atlantatech.edu




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July 15, 2009


Atlanta Technical College Aviation Students Win Prestigious Industry Scholarship



Atlanta – June 30, 2009 – Four students from the Atlanta Technical College were selected to participate in the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Maintenance Technical Rewards and Career Scholarship (TRACS) program. As part of this highly competitive TRACS scholarship, the Atlanta Technical College students will participate in technician training courses for several aircraft and engine models, as well as professional development courses.

The four students - Joshua Thompson, Erick Collazo, Stephen Lipper and Dominique Miller are currently enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program. Stephen Lipper graduated January 13, 2009, Erick Collazo and Joshua Thompson graduated May 27, 2009. Dominique Miller is not scheduled to graduate until winter 2010. Two of the students have started their careers in business aviation and work for Atlanta-based fortune 500 com¬panies in their respective flight departments. Erick and Dominique started in-line service positions as they work towards moving into the mainte¬nance side of the company’s operations.

“The aviation industry is a growing field and our programs at the Atlanta Technical College have a 90 percent career placement rate,” said Carl Simmons, aviation/avionics department chair at Atlanta Technical College. “In addition to the hands-on training that our students receive, the scholarship training courses will focus on Gulfstream G5 Initial Maintenance, Bombardier Lear 60 and Global Express Initial Maintenance and Beech King Air Initial Maintenance, which is ideal as more companies seek students with actual work experience.”

Additionally, a former TRACS scholarship winner and graduate of from the Atlanta Technical College, Desmond Williams, has gone on to become a contract aviation technical at the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah, Georgia. As part of the scholarship, Desmond took additional training courses in flight simulation and maintenance.

“I started out in business and found that I was unfulfilled, which led me to change my career direction and enroll in the aviation program at the Atlanta Technical College,” said Desmond Williams. “The course work offered by the TRACS scholarship program allowed me to become more competitive in the workforce thanks to the on-the-job experience.”

For more information about the TRACS program, please contact the NBAA at (202) 783-9250 or info@nbaa.org

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June 20, 2009
Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced
Atlanta Tech’s Teacher of the Year finalists have been announced. They are: Barbara Boyd, Academic & Learning Support Services Division; Gillette Samms, Industrial & Transportation Technologies; Dorothy Smith, Health & Public Safety Technologies; and Jeanette Miller, Business and Public Service Technologies.

Also known as the Rick Perkins Award, this honor recognizes exemplary instructional excellence. The Teacher of the Year will be named at a campus ceremony on July 20.

                    

Barbara Boyd        Gillette Samms       Dorothy Smith    Jeanette Miller                                 

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  March 25, 2009
Ivy & Roses Scholarship Recipients Named

         

Safiyyah Shabazz               Kenneth Mathis, Sr.           Skyla Holmes                       

The Pi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., has presented Atlanta Tech with $3,000 in scholarships through its Ivy and Roses Community Fund, Inc. Six students have received $500 scholarships this quarter. They are: Carol Blue, marketing management; Kenneth Mathis, Sr., marketing management; Keith McNeil, HVAC; Safiyyah Shabazz, accounting; Skyla Holmes, early childhood care and education; and Yolanda West, paralegal studies.

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  March 25, 2009
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  March 19, 2009
Hutt Named Student of the Year


Chanel Hutt, a visual communications student, has won the coveted title of GOAL Winner, also known as the Student of the Year Award. She was nominated by Nyshona Carthon, an instructor in visual communications. As GOAL Winner, Hutt will compete for the state title and serve as an ambassador for the college over the next year.

The finalists in Atlanta Tech’s GOAL competition were: Angela Wilborn, culinary arts; Yvonnie Garrett, marketing management; and Linda Jones, culinary arts. Along with the Goal Winner, the finalists represent the best and the brightest at Atlanta Tech.



              

Angela Wilborn          Yvonnie Garrett           Linda Jones                       



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  March 10, 2009
Campus Visitors Win Hawks-Celtics Tickets

The following individuals are the winners of tickets to the Hawks-Celtics game later this month.

Donna Spaulding
Karen McGinnis

Spaulding and McGinnis were visitors at the recent BEST FEST event. Tickets will need to be claimed by 5pm this Thursday, March 12 in the Office of Admissions.



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  March 10, 2009
Spring BEST FEST Featured in rolling out

Hundreds of prospective students attended the college's BEST FEST event last weekend. In addition to learning about academic programs and how to qualify for free tuition, campus guests enjoyed funnel cakes, outdoor games, and a DJ.

The event was covered by rolling out.

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  February 23, 2009
President Thomas Named Woman of Vision

The Atlanta Business League (ABL) has named President Alvetta Peterman Thomas a Woman of Vision. This distinction recognizes her exemplary leadership and innovative approaches to higher education administration. President Thomas will be honored tomorrow at the ABL's annual Women of Vision Breakfast.

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  February 19, 2009
Students Sweep State Competition

Atlanta Tech students dominated the recent Georgia Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) Career Development Conference/Competition held in Atlanta. Of the twenty-seven Atlanta Tech students competing, twenty-five placed. The results were as follows: eleven placed first; ten placed second; and four placed third. Additionally, Bobby Lucas was selected the DEX Student of the Year, and JoVaughn Recasner was named runner-up. Asia Jones was elected to the State Officer Team. Read here for the complete list of winners.

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  February 18, 2009
Atlanta Tech Featured in Local Newspapers

Last week's editions of the South Fulton Neighbor and the Fayette Neighbor featured a story about the college’s enrollment increase and plans for expansion. The article, which appeared on the front of the Lifestyle section, included several photos of Atlanta Tech student leaders.

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  February 18, 2009
President Thomas Profiled in UGA Graduate Magazine

President Alvetta Peterman Thomas is the subject of a feature story in the current University of Georgia Graduate School Magazine. “I’m determined to do well for this community,” says Thomas in the article. “For all those people who blazed the trail before me.”

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  February 12, 2009
Health Fair Offers Free Exams & Lectures

In honor of Black History Month, Atlanta Technical College and Atlanta Metropolitan College will present a Health Fair on Thursday, February 19, from 10am to 3pm in the Atlanta Tech Auditorium.

Among the free services available at the Health Fair are: cholesterol testing, glucose measurement, vision testing, PSA for men over forty, dental screenings, and body massages.

More than thirty healthcare vendors will be on hand, and lectures will be given on the topics of cardiovascular diseases, cancer treatment and prevention, communicable diseases, and healthy lifestyles.

The Health Fair, which is free and open to the public, is presented in partnership with Fulton County Health and Wellness and the Atlanta Public Schools.

For more information please call 404.225.4406/4491.

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  February 6, 2009
Atlanta Tech Awarded $2 Million Grant

The college has received a $2 million grant from the US Department of Labor to fund new programs in Logistics & Transportation, one of the fastest-growing industries in metro Atlanta.

The new programs, which include Commercial Truck Driving and Warehouse and Distribution Certification, will be offered beginning in fall quarter.

In recent months Atlanta Tech has been awarded a total of $3.2 million in federal grants.

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  January 29, 2009
German Students to Arrive Next Week



On Monday the campus will welcome students, faculty, and staff from Felix Fechenbach Berufskolleg, Atlanta Tech's sister college in Detmold, Germany.

The group, which consists of twelve students and four faculty and staff, will attend classes at Atlanta Tech and complete a mini-internship during the two-week exchange program.

Atlanta Tech's Halle International Exchange Program is the only ongoing international exchange program at a technical college in Georgia.

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  January 29, 2009
New Online Classes Available in Adobe InDesign & Conversational Japanese

Atlanta Technical College has a program that makes it easy to take high-quality, noncredit online courses. The college has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated courses and is pleased to announce the launch of Introduction to Adobe InDesign CS3 and Conversational Japanese.

Students in the Adobe InDesign CS3 course will learn that anyone--regardless of artistic talent or design expertise-- can use this popular page layout software to design and create professional quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, PDF files that play movies, and more.

Designed for travelers and beginners, the Conversational Japanese course makes it easy and fun to master the basics of the spoken Japanese language.

These courses are part of Atlanta Tech's growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of twelve). The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, contact Atlanta Technical College at 404.225.4487 or here

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  January 27, 2009
Enrollment Continues to Rise

President Alvetta Peterman Thomas announced yesterday that winter quarter enrollment has increased 8.3% compared to this time a year ago.

"With more than 100 programs of study and free tuition for most students," says President Thomas. "There is no better educational value in Atlanta."

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  January 22, 2009
Business Leaders Join Local Board of Directors



From left to right: Alvetta Peterman Thomas, college president and executive secretary of the Atlanta Tech Local Board of Directors; Rick Pelc, general manager of AirTran Airways; Judge Susan E. Edlein; Darris Rollins, government accounts manager, Verizon Wireless; and Al Byrd, board chair.

Rick Pelc and Darris Rollins, two new members of the Atlanta Tech Local Board of Directors, were sworn in today before the regular meeting of the board. Walter S. Harris, chief management official of the Centers for Disease Control, has also joined the board. In other action, the board elected Al Byrd to be chair and Todd Lucas to be vice-chair. Lucas is general manager of transmission planning and administration for Georgia Power Company.

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  January 22, 2009
Atlanta Tech Named Best Barber School in Atlanta



Barbershop Digest released its Best of 2008 list, a selection of products, services and businesses that were recognized for their excellence in the previous year. “We came across several people and organizations that we feel added to the barbershop experience as well as cultivating the culture that embodies barbershops,” said Barbershop Digest Editor-in-Chief Brian Egeston.

Atlanta Technical College was selected as the best barber school in Atlanta for 2008. “We had a chance to look at the curriculum for the barbering program at ATC and walk the halls and see the barbershop,” said Egeston. “Barbering students wear white smocks and neck ties the way Alonzo Herndon’s barbers did back in the day. With a ninety-nine-percent pass rate on the state barbering board exam, ATC’s staff is doing the right things to prepare students for a career in the industry...There are several organizations doing the same thing, but this group is doing it exceptionally well.”

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  January 21, 2009




Ambassador Andrew Young is seen giving the keynote address at one of the college’s MLK Day events.

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  January 8, 2009
College to Hold MLK Celebration Events

Atlanta Tech will hold several events next week in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. These events are free and open to the public.

Jan. 14

I Have a Dream—a film about MLK’s vision

6pm, Auditorium

Jan. 15

Keynote Speech By Ambassador Andrew Young

10am, Auditorium

For more information please call 404.225.4482.

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  January 6, 2009
Winter Quarter Classes Begin

The winter quarter has gotten off to a great start today with thousands of students attending the first day of classes. With more than 100 programs of study and many online course offerings, a strong enrollment is expected this quarter.

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  December 15, 2008
Campus Hosts International Visitors



Educators from the Republic of Georgia visited campus recently to learn about technical education in the United States. They toured campus, attended information sessions, and enjoyed lunch with President Thomas and administrators.

Their visit was sponsored by the Friendship Force.

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  December 11, 2008
College Announces Name of Allied Health & Technology Complex



Last week the college unveiled the name of the new allied health facility currently under construction. The facility will be known as The Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health & Technology Complex in honor of the fourth president of Atlanta Technical College. President Jones passed away in August 2007.

The $14.2 million construction project is scheduled for completion late next year and will allow the college to offer a number of new programs.

Pictured at the unveiling (from left to right): Veronica Biggins, chair of the Naming Committee; Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president; Morris Jones, husband of Brenda Watts Jones; Harold Mitchell, Sr., chair of the Atlanta Tech Foundation; Arlane Robinson, vice-chair of the foundation; and Al Byrd, chair of the Local Board of Directors.



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  December 10, 2008
Tuition Cap Raised

The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia voted last week to raise the technical colleges¹ tuition cap from 12 hours to 15 hours.

Now, Georgia residents taking between 13 and 15 credit hours will see the cost rise by as much as $108 for Winter Quarter .

Approximately 30% of Atlanta Tech students take between 13 and 15 credit hours, but almost all will see the extra cost covered by the HOPE Grant and/or the Pell Grant. Only a handful of Atlanta Tech students will incur the additional out-of-pocket expense.

The increase is expected to generate an extra $10 million annually for the technical college system. Despite the credit hour increase for some students, the cost of a Georgia technical college education remains among the lowest in the nation, and most of those costs are paid for under the Georgia HOPE and federal Pell grants.

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  November 20, 2008
Atlanta Tech Featured Again on 11-Alive's Atlanta & Company

View Here

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  November 18, 2008
President Honored by Atlanta City Council



President Alvetta Peterman Thomas (center, in blue) was recognized with a proclamation by the Atlanta City Council. To her right is Joyce Sheperd, councilwoman for District 12 and sponsor of the proclamation.

Citing her "visionary, compassionate, and focused leadership," as well as her achievements as president, the proclamation was presented to her yesterday. She is pictured with city council members and several members of her leadership team.

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  November 13, 2008
Pizza Party for Fall Quarter Graduation Candidates

Students who expect to graduate this quarter are invited to a Pizza Party in their honor on Thursday, November 20, in the Dining Hall. The party for day students will be held from 11am to 1pm. Evening students can enjoy their party from 6pm to 7:30pm.

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  November 13, 2008
BEST FEST a Great SUCCESS

The college's first annual BEST FEST was held on Saturday, and nearly 200 people applied for admission to Atlanta Tech during the event. BEST FEST is a festive community event designed to showcase all that Atlanta Tech has to offer. A similar event will be held in the spring.

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  November 4, 2008
Staff Member Earns Recognition



Michael Burnside, an assessment specialist in the Division of Student Affairs, has been lauded for his work with Georgia State University’s Education Opportunity Center Programs. Burnside received the recognition during a recent event sponsored by Georgia State University.

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  November 3, 2008
President Thomas Honored for Community Service

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College, has received the Community Service Award from the Fayette County Branch NAACP.
The award recognizes her stellar leadership and its impact on the metro community.
President Thomas accepted the award during the organization's recent Eleventh Annual Freedom Fund Dinner.

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  October 23, 2008
Atlanta Tech's Division of Economic Development Featured on Atlanta & Company

Read more

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  October 20, 2008
Williams Named One of Atlanta’s Top 25 Women



Joni L. Johnson Williams, special assistant to the president of Atlanta Technical College, has been named one of the top twenty-five women in Atlanta by rolling out. Williams was honored for the excellence and leadership she brings to her professional, academic, and volunteer activities.

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  October 15, 2008
Atlanta Tech Selected for $1.2 Million Grant

Atlanta Tech has been notified that it will receive a highly-coveted $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education.

The grant is a part of the Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) program whose mission is to strengthen predominantly black institutions to carry out programs in various educational areas including improving educational outcomes of African-American males.

On the Atlanta Tech campus, the grant will facilitate workshops, think-tanks, group discussions, and other specifically designed activities that will enhance cultural awareness, decision-making skills, financial IQ, time management, and general coping and social skills. The expected outcome is increased retention and overall improvement of academic performance of all males involved in the program.

The awards were highly competitive, with Atlanta Technical College being among only twenty-five colleges and universities to receive grant funding.

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  October 15, 2008
ATC Presents BEST FEST: the Atlanta Technical College Expo!

On Saturday, November 8, 2008 from 10am-2pm The public is invited to this special event designed to showcase all that Atlanta Technical College has to offer.

College representatives will be on-hand to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, and our 100+ programs of study. Guests will enjoy free food, games, live entertainment, and campus tours. You can also learn how to qualify for FREE TUITION. And as an added bonus: the application fee will be waived for the first 100 people who apply during BEST FEST.

Join us and see where you fit at Atlanta Technical College!

For more information, please contact us at 404.225.4461 or admissions@atlantatech.edu

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  October 14, 2008
College Announces New Operating Hours

College Announces New Operating Hours

Effective October 16, Atlanta Technical College will be open for routine business Monday through Thursday.

Although the main campus facilities will be closed on Fridays, the New Connections Building will be open to prospective students from 8am to 3pm each Friday.

Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Cashier's Window will be open to the public as follows:

Monday-Wednesday
9am-7pm

Thursday
9am-noon
2-7pm


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  October 13, 2008
Nineteen Students Awarded Nearly $20,000 in Scholarships/Grants

Read more  here.

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October 13, 2008
HOT 107.9 Broadcasts From Atlanta Tech Campus



JoVaughn Recasner, at left, is interviewed by HOT 107.9’s Rashan Ali. Recasner, who is a marketing student, recently returned from a two-week educational exchange in Germany.



Grant Harris, teacher of the year, was also featured during the broadcast.

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  October 1, 2008
Atlanta Tech President Featured in Atlanta Woman Magazine

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Tech, is featured in the current issue of Atlanta Woman. Read article here.

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  September 11, 2008
Drafting Students Race Toward Success


Drafting students showcased their skills this week by designing and racing Mouse Trap Cars outside of the Drafting Lab. This project required each student to take the concepts learned in class and put them into real-world action. For information about the drafting program, contact Dreem Penn at 404.225.4520 or dpenn@atlantatech.edu.

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  September 9, 2008
Atlanta Tech CISCO Students Earn Scholarships

Read more here.

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September 5, 2008
Bon voyage! Students Travel to Germany



Twelve students (some of whom are pictured above) and nine faculty and staff will depart for Detmold, Germany, this weekend as part of the college's Halle International Exchange Program. During the two-week exchange, students will attend classes at Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg, Atlanta Tech's sister college, and complete a mini-internship at a corporate site. The exchange, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is funded in large part by The Halle Foundation.

The following students were selected to participate in the exchange program: Marc A. Younger, air conditioning tech; Bernetta Howard, carpentry; Nyesha Gray, carpentry; Cadilena Weaver, computer information systems; Kia Savage, cosmetology; Nneka Okwor, cosmetology; Lucille McGee, culinary arts; Dene E. Lynn, culinary arts; Nahelia Thompson, culinary arts; Dwanita Oglesby, early childhood care and education; Prestina Dixon, early childhood care and education; and JoVaughn V. Recasner, marketing management.

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September 2, 2008
Student Government Association Officers Named for 2008-9

                   

Tonya Pleasant       JoVaughn Recasner      Alexis Anderson            President                  Vice President               Treasurer                 Carpentry                    Marketing                  Marketing

 

                                

Skyla Holmes                                   Otasia Calhoun            Secretary                                         Parliamentarian                                           Early Childhood Care            Electrical Construction & Maintenance

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September 2, 2008
Atlanta & Company Spotlights Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Program

The college's newest program was featured last week on WXIA's Atlanta & Company. Click here for the video.

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August 21, 2008
College Honors Staff & Faculty Members of the Quarter

          

The Faculty and Staff Members of Summer Quarter have been named. Arneethia Wilder (at left), maintenance and facilities, won the title of Staff Member of the Quarter. She is pictured with President Alvetta Peterman Thomas. Freddie Ivey (at right), instructor of transportation technologies, earned the Faculty Member of the Quarter award.

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August 6, 2008
Fulton County Commission Recognizes Atlanta Tech



The Fulton County Commission declared today as Atlanta Technical College Day in Fulton County. Pictured at the ceremony (from left to right): Harold E. Craig, vice president of economic development at Atlanta Tech; Commissioner Bill Edwards; Commissioner Nancy Boxill; Commissioner Robb Pitts; Alvetta P. Thomas, president of Atlanta Tech; Commissioner Emma Darnell; and Commission Chair John Eaves.

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July 24, 2008
Harris Named Teacher of the Year





Grant Harris, a marketing instructor, has been named Teacher of the Year, the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at Atlanta Technical College.

Among his many achievements at the college, Harris started the Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) Chapter on campus, and was recently named the state DEX Advisor of the Year.

"Teaching at this level allows me the opportunity to motivate my students to become everything they were created to be," Harris says. "I believe each of us was made to be a winner in life. Through my education, training, military service, and life-changing experiences, I have learned invaluable lessons about how to treat people. I now understand it and practice daily the Golden Rule. Teaching students is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things I could ever do. It permits me to encourage my students, and others, to diligently seek knowledge, truth, and understanding from the classroom as well as from life’s experiences. I firmly believe that education and life are all about “sowing and reaping.” Accordingly, the basis of my teaching philosophy is that everything we do should be done with excellence. As Aristotle states: Excellence is a Habit. Therefore, when I see my students grow in character, become confident and positive, dependable, starting their businesses, graduating from Atlanta Tech, going into the military, getting jobs of choice, and helping others, then I know that I am wonderfully blessed to be a part of their lives."

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July 22, 2008
Campus Press Conference Celebrates Partnership with Colgate-Palmolive



Mayor Shirley Franklin(center) gathers with (from left to right) Deborah Lum, Executive Director of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency; Jovan Dias, local entrepreneur; Brian Brooks, Kroger; Alvetta Thomas, president of the Atlanta Technical College; Wanda Young, Colgate-Palmolive; Tangie, radio personality V103, and students from the Mayor’s Youth Program to receive a check from Wanda Young, on behalf of Colgate-Palmolive and Kroger. The funding will support the Colgate EMPOWER entrepreneurial summer workshop that will showcase the benefits and rewards of entrepreneurialism to Atlanta students selected from the Mayor’s Youth Program.

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July 2, 2008
Tom Joyner Gives Commencement Address



Tom Joyner gave a rousing speech before the capacity crowd gathered at the Atlanta Civic Center.



Radio Star Tom Joyner is pictured with President Alvetta Peterman Thomas prior to Commencement.

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June 20, 2008
Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced
Atlanta Tech’s Teacher of the Year finalists have been announced. They are: Barbara Boyd, Academic & Learning Support Services Division; Byron Hicks, Industrial & Transportation Technologies; Charlena Crowder, Health & Public Safety Technologies; and Grant Harris, Business and Public Service Technologies.

Also known as the Rick Perkins Award, this honor recognizes exemplary instructional excellence. The Teacher of the Year will be named at a campus ceremony on July 22.

                    

Barbara Boyd          Byron Hicks           Charlena Crowder       Grant Harris                                 

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June 26, 2008
Commencement Scheduled for This Saturday

Approximately 500 students will graduate this Saturday, June 28, during the college's annual Commencement. The ceremony will be held at 11am at the Atlanta Civic Center.

Students from more than 100 programs of study will participate in the graduation exercises. These students have completed the requirements for associate degrees, diplomas, or technical certificates of credit.

Tom Joyner, host of the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, will give the Commencement Address. Joyner's show is heard by eight-million listeners in more than 115 markets and is heard locally on KISS 104.1.

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June 4, 2008
Atlanta Tech Basks in Number-One Status

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured the college today in a story on the front page of the Metro section. Read more here.

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May 23, 2008
Student of the Year Shaquetta Smith is congratulated by Ron Jackson

Student of the Year Shaquetta Smith is congratulated by Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, for a job well done in representing Atlanta Tech in the statewide student of the year competition held this week.

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May 23, 2008
Atlanta Tech Grad Wins $35,000 Business Grant

Jamarr Rawlinson, a 2005 barbering graduate, won a $35,000 business grant from Miller Brewing Company, along with his business partner Monica G. Coleman, for their Creative Connections Mobile Barbershop.


They will be featured in Jet Magazine next week.

The Creative Connections Mobile Barbershop was awarded the grand prize business grant through the Miller Urban Entrepreneurs Series Business Plan Competition.

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May 16, 2008
Atlanta Tech Students Win Big in State & National Competitions

Read here about the SkillsUSA State Competition

Read here about the DEX Competition

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May 16, 2008
One-Hundred Students Inducted Into National Technical Honor Society

In a campus ceremony held earlier this week, 100 Atlanta Tech students were inducted into the prestigious National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).

Membership in the NTHS recognizes academic achievement and overall educational excellence.

In addition, Students Michelle Sloan and Deyasha Johnson have been elected to serve as NTHS state officers.

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May 16, 2008
Business & Industry Breakfast Slated for Next Month

The Division of Economic Development will present a Business & Industry Breakfast on Thursday, June 5 at 7:30am in the Dennard Conference Center.

The theme of the event is: Economic Development & Atlanta Tech--We Can Help You Grow.

Lisa M. Borders, president of the Atlanta City Council, will be the guest speaker.

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May 16, 2008
International Day @ Atlanta Tech

The college's annual International Day will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 10am to 1:30pm in the auditorium. This lively event will feature musical performances and colorful exhibits. Free samples of international and American cuisine will be available.

Highlights will include songs from Africa, a flamenco dance, Japanese dances, and Russian folk songs.

International Day is free and open to the public.

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May 8, 2008
Atlanta Tech Teams Up With Dick's Sporting Goods

Pictured at the Training Agreement Signing Ceremony (from left to right): President Alvetta Peterman Thomas; Lee Belitsky, senior vice president of distribution and transportation at Dick's Sporting Goods; and Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner for economic development programs/Technical College System of Georgia. Read here for more information.

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April 16, 2008
Faculty Member Named Governor's Teaching Fellow

Karen Carter, head of the paralegal studies program, has been chosen to participate in the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program. The program was established in 1995 by Governor Zell Miller to provide Georgia's higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.

Carter will participate in the Academic Year Symposia Program. This program allows participants to attend three-day symposia held six times over the academic year while also engaging in instructional improvement projects on their home campuses.

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April 15, 2008
Atlanta Tech Featured on Atlanta & Company


The college was featured on today's broadcast of Atlanta & Company. The show aired on 11Alive (WXIA). The segment about Atlanta Technical College can be viewed at http://www.atlantaandcompany.com

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April 8, 2008
Student of the Year Named


Shaquetta Smith, a visual communications student and third generation Atlanta Tech student, has been named Student of the Year. She will compete next month in the statewide GOAL contest. The top students from each of Georgia's technical colleges will vie for the title of Georgia's Best Technical College Student. The winner will receive a new Chevrolet and spend the next year serving as the state's ambassador for technical and adult education. Chevrolet is a statewide-sponsor or the GOAL competition.

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April 7, 2008
Seventh Annual Bridge Builder Awards


The Atlanta Technical College Foundation presents the Seventh Annual Bridge Builder Awards on May 21. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Show your support for Atlanta Technical College: named America's Best Community College by Washington Monthly. For more information, please call 404.225.4617.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, will be honored, and posthumous awards will go to Dr. Brenda Watts Jones, former president of Atlanta Technical College, and George Lottier, former president of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

The Seventh Annual Bridge Builder Awards, the college’s major fundraising event, will be held from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.



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March 17, 2008
Atlanta Tech Receives Grant from The Halle Foundation


Atlanta Technical College has received a $25,000 grant to help fund the college's Halle International Exchange Program with its sister college in Detmold, Germany.

The Halle International Exchange Program is the only ongoing international exchange program at a technical college in the Southeast. Atlanta Tech named the program in honor of the late Claus M. Halle, a retired business executive and early supporter of the program.

The mission of The Halle Foundation is to promote understanding, knowledge, and friendship between the people of Germany, as seen in its European context, and those of the United States.



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February 29, 2008
Tom Joyner to Speak at Commencement


Tom Joyner, host of the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, will give the Commencement Address during graduation exercises on June 28. Graduation will be held at 11am at the Atlanta Civic Center and is open to graduates and their guests.

Joyner's show is heard by eight-million listeners in more than 115 markets.

Click here to read his Bio



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February 29, 2008
Atlanta Tech & Atlanta Metropolitan College Host Health Fair


Atlanta Tech and Atlanta Metropolitan College held a Health Fair yesterday in the campus auditorium. Hundreds of visitors took advantage of free screenings, live demonstrations, seminars, and tasty food samples. The Health Fair was presented in honor of Black History Month.



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February 29, 2008
Fun & Informative Non-Credit Classes For Those 55+


                          

A press conference was held this morning to announce a collaboration with the Fulton County Office of Aging. Josephine Reed-Taylor, interim president of Atlanta Tech, is pictured with Wayne Casey of the Fulton County Office of Aging. A highlight of the event was a ballroom dancing demonstration.

Atlanta Technical College's Continuing Education Department has partnered with the Fulton County Office of Aging to offer a multitude of interesting and educational classes at senior centers throughout the county. These classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

FEATURED COURSES

Tai Chi for Health and Relaxation

Want to feel more energetic, balanced, and flexible than you ever have before? Tai Chi provides all the benefits of a light workout plus centuries-old, proven techniques for relaxation. Focus will be on breathing, step form, and emperor's walk. A signed waiver is required at the first class session.
8 hrs.
Cost: $45

Wine Appreciation

Learn how to order wine, taste it properly and how to choose the single variety that will best complement your meal.
6 hrs.
Cost: $40

Tax Reduction for Retirees

Tax reduction can be the most effective method to increase your real income. Learn from the Certified Financial Planners what many well-advised retirees do to prevent Uncle Sam and the IRS from sharing so much of their profits. This class will show you how to keep more of your retirement savings, income, and wealth.
4 hrs.
Cost: $25

Introduction to Computers for Senior Citizens

This course is designed for those who are at least 50 years old and would like to take the first step on the road to understanding those amazing machines called computers.
24 hrs.
Cost: $60

Writing/Revising your Will & Trust

Having a will is important and keeping your will current is even more important. This class will teach you the basics for creating a will and/or trust as well as making sure your will is current with changes in your life. It is essential to know the facts about having a will and setting up trust funds for your loved ones to secure the legacy you leave behind.
12 hrs.
Cost: $40

Email Basics I & II

You’ve got mail! Other than cell phones, one of the most popular ways to contact anyone is through email. Learn the basics of setting up an email account and using the new way of sending a letter other than snail mail! After this class you will be emailing your children, grandchildren and friends. You will also learn the conveniences of having an email account for receiving newsletters from various interest groups, restaurants and stores. Once you start emailing I guarantee you will become addicted!
24 hrs.
Cost: $45

Learn How to Navigate the Internet Efficiently

Shop, book a flight, make reservations, and just surf the net is what you will be an expert at after taking this class. Using the phone book will become a thing of the past after learning how to effectively navigate the internet. Anything you want is at your fingertips. This class is excellent if you aren’t computer savvy but would like to know how to use the Internet. You will learn how to use various search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN as well as how to go to various websites for specific companies and brands.
24 hrs.
Cost: $60

How to Use a Digital Camera

Say CHEESE! If you aren’t familiar with a digital camera this is the class for you. Learn how to take a picture, save a picture, print a picture and edit a picture using a digital camera and your computer. After this class you will not need to print pictures the old fashion way. It’s easier than it may seem. Please bring your own digital camera to class.
20 hrs.
Cost: $75

Ballroom Dancing

This delightful hobby is life-long-lasting for couples to share. There is no better way to include enjoyment, romance, and excitement to your life than dancing. This course will allow you to understand steps quickly and easily. You will also recognize that when you learn a few basic steps, you will be able to use them to dance a variety of rhythms. The dances that will be covered in this ballroom course will be Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, and Swing. Your dancing will improve each evening - even if you've never danced before and perhaps thought you couldn't. Bring a partner and dance!
30 hrs.
Cost: $60

Learn about Personal Security

In 2-hours gain information that will assist in safe guarding yourself, your family possessions, home and identity. Steps will be provided to learn how to start a Neighborhood Watch Program.
2 hrs.
Cost: $30

The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks

Discover valuable techniques that show you step-by-step how to research and value stocks.
8 hrs.
Cost: $80

Classes will be held at the following locations:

Dorothey C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

6500 Vernon Woods Drive
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328
Phone 404.705.4900

H.J. C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

2885 Church Street
East Point, Georgia
Phone 404.762.4821

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677 Fairburn Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Phone 404.699.8580

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515 John Wesley Dobbs
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Phone 404.523.3553

For registration information, please call 404.225.4486/7



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February 29, 2008
DEX Brings Home the Gold, the Silver, the Bronze, & More


Of the twenty-two Atlanta Tech students who competed at the Georgia Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) Career Development Conference/Competition, eighteen placed. Atlanta Tech students won first place in eight categories. In other news, Stephanie Sherrer, a paralegal student, was elected vice president of Georgia DEX, and Grant Harris, academic affairs, was named Delta Epsilon Chi Advisor of the Year.



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February 29, 2008
SkillsUSA Competition Held on Campus


High school students from throughout the area were on campus recently to participate in the SkillsUSA competitions. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).



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February 29, 2008
Governor Recognizes Instructors


Instructors in the Division of Academic & Learning Support recently earned a Governor's Commendation for Customer Service Excellence. Each month, a few individuals and teams are carefully selected from among all state employees to receive this special recognition from the governor.



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February 29, 2008
Faculty & Staff Members of the Quarter Announced


                                     

The Faculty and Staff Members of Winter Quarter have been named. Gregory Calloway (at left), an accounting instructor, won the title of Faculty Member of the Quarter. Arthur Grier, pictured with Interim President Josephine Reed-Taylor, received the Staff Member of the Quarter award. Grier is a member of the academic leadership team.



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February 29, 2008
More than 225 Students Earn Scholarships & Grants Totaling $72,436


Since October more than 225 students have received scholarships or grants from Atlanta Tech totaling $72,436.

Of that total, nearly $30,000 was awarded in scholarships to twenty-five students, and more than 200 students were served by the Emergency Hardship Loan Program.



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February 29, 2008
Faculty Members Travel to Germany


Five faculty members will depart for Detmold, Germany today to attend Projectweek 2008, an international conference sponsored by Felix Fechenbach Berufskolleg, Atlanta Tech's sister college in Germany. Those attending from Atlanta Tech are: David Kirsch, computer science; Hector Celis, carpentry; Sammie Holloway, early childhood care and development; Joseph Perrymon, culinary arts,; and Gregory Calloway, accounting.

The conference will focus on global partnerships within the world of technical education. In addition to the Atlanta Tech contingent, attendees will include educators and dignitaries from Finland, Chile, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Japan.



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February 6, 2008
Dr. Alvetta Thomas is New President of Atlanta Technical College


Atlanta – the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia has approved TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson’s choice of Dr. Alvetta Thomas as the new president of Atlanta Technical College.

Thomas will assume the president’s job on March 1.

“Alvetta Thomas will be an outstanding leader for Atlanta Tech,” said Jackson. “She’s a devoted educator with a strong commitment to the college and a desire to provide the very best in technical education for her students. She’s a great choice for a great college.”

The previous president of Atlanta Tech, Dr. Brenda Watts Jones, passed away last summer.

Thomas is currently the college’s vice president for academic affairs. In that position, which she has held since 1997, she has managed the college’s certificate, diploma and associate degree programs and supervised the academic deans, faculty and staff.

She earned her doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia in 2004. She also has a master’s in political science from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor’s in political science from Alabama State University.

Atlanta Technical College served more than 3300 students in 2007 in a variety of technical education programs. Almost 98% of the 998 graduates it produced last year are either currently employed or continuing their college education.

The Technical College System of Georgia consists of 33 colleges that last year enrolled 140,000 students in more than 600 technical education programs. Thousands more took advantage of the system’s online, continuing education and adult education programs. The TCSG also manages Quick Start, a workforce development program that provides free customized training to new, expanding and existing businesses.



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February 5, 2008
Free Tax Filing Offered at Atlanta Tech

If you are a senior citizen or a low- or middle-income taxpayer, you can take advantage of free tax help and filing at Atlanta Technical College.

This service will be offered on Tuesdays from February 12 to April 8 and on April 14 in Conference Room 1129. E-filing of forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will be done on site.

This service is a program of the AARP Foundation and is available from the IRS and the Department of Continuing Education at Atlanta Tech.

For more information, please call 404.225.4486/7.

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February 5, 2008
Health Fair Presented by Atlanta Tech & Atlanta Metropolitan College

In honor of Black History Month, a Health Fair will be held on Thursday, February 28 from 10am to 3pm in the Atlanta Tech Auditorium.

Many free screenings will be available including:
Diabetes/Cholesterol Check
HIV Testing
Hearing Testing
Vision Screening
Dental Exams
The event will feature live demonstrations of martial arts, dance, and weight training. In addition, a Health Seminar Series will be held from 9am to 1pm.

For more information, please call Elaine Bennett at 404.225.4489/90.



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January 30, 2008
Students Earn Scholarships From W.W. Grainger, Inc

Four Atlanta Tech students are the recipients of $1,000 scholarships from W.W. Grainger, Inc. Representatives from Grainger recently presented scholarship checks to the students.

From left to right: David Joyce, Grainger representative; Jacky Olesty, HVAC student; Muridi Khadar Jeilani, HVAC student; Estella Williams-Vanvalen, electronics student; Jose D.Rodriguez, aviation student; Michael McGrew, Grainger representative; and Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, interim president of Atlanta Tech.

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January 11, 2008
Teacher of the Year Profiled in Rolling Out

Karen Wheel Carter, Atlanta Tech's teacher of the year, is featured in the current issue of Rolling Out. In the article Carter describes the college's distinctive environment.

"We make a commitment that when we invite somebody into our family, we do what it takes to keep them healthy, safe, and learning," she says. "I think that is what makes us unique amongst technical colleges throughout Georgia."

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January 11, 2008
The Neal Boortz Show Presents Gifts to Student & Her Family


The Boortz Show crew poses in front of the minivan with Tequila Jones: (from left to right) Royal Marshall, Jones, Neal Boortz, Belinda Skelton, and Christina Gonzalez.

Instead of doing their usual Christmas gift exchange, the staff members of the Neal Boortz radio show chose to make the holidays bright for an Atlanta Tech student and her family. On December 18 the staff surprised Tequila Jones and her family with dozens of gifts and the keys to a minivan. Jones, a single mother of three small children, is a marketing student.
The nationally-syndicated Neal Boortz Show is headquartered at WSB-Radio in Atlanta.

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December 10, 2007
Atlanta Tech Holds Groundbreaking for Allied Health Building

A groundbreaking was held last week for the $14.2 million Allied Health Building. Pictured from left to right are: Larry Alford, student of the year; Karen Carter, teacher of the year; Sen. Vincent Fort; Morris Jones, husband of the late Dr. Brenda Watts Jones; Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, interim president; Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia; Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, vice president of academic affairs; Candace Martin, niece of Dr. Brenda Watts Jones; Harold Mitchell, Sr., chair of ATC Foundation; Bill Pinto, chair of ATC Local Board of Directors; and Carl Swearingen, board chair, Technical College System of Georgia.

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November 29, 2007
Computer Science Students Earn Scholarships

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November 27, 2007
Thanksgiving Food Drive Benefits Students

Nearly 100 Atlanta Tech students received grocery gift cards and/or bags of food during the annual campus Thanksgiving Food Drive held recently.

Stephanie Sherrer, a student leader and president of Phi Beta Lambda, is pictured with a bag of groceries.

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November 27, 2007
Staff & Faculty Members of the Quarter Named

Memorial Pritchett (at right) receives the Staff Member of the Quarter Award from Josephine Reed-Taylor, interim president of Atlanta Tech. Pritchett works in the business office.

Rosalind Manning gives remarks after being named Faculty Member of the Quarter. Manning is a faculty member in Academic and Learning Support Services.

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November 16, 2007
Groundbreaking on December 5 for the New Allied Health Building

Atlanta Technical College will hold a Groundbreaking on December 5 for its new Allied Health Building, a $14.2 million facility that will enable the college to expand program offerings and help ease the critical shortage of skilled healthcare professionals in Metro Atlanta.

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November 16, 2007
Six Questions for Atlanta Tech's Teacher of the Year

Karen Wheel Carter, chair of the Paralegal Studies Program, has been named Teacher of the Year at Atlanta Technical College. We congratulate her on capturing the college’s highest teaching award.

Who is your greatest inspiration?
I am the sum total of my parents and their parents, each of whom inspired me to pursue my dreams.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
While I do not know the origins of this quote, we all learned it at the knee of our maternal great grandfather, "Once a task is first begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be the labor great or small, do it well or not at all.”

What hobbies and activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Cooking, reading mystery novels, travel.

What does it mean to you to be named ATC's Teacher of the Year?
It is an honor to be able to be the voice and representative of the efforts of my peers. This is an honor and a privilege to talk about what makes our work great and why we return each day—it’s not the paycheck, it’s the reward and satisfaction of seeing others succeed.

Why have you chosen to teach and lead a program at Atlanta Tech?
It allows me to combine two of my greatest passions, my love for the law and higher education. Daily I see lives transformed as my students prepare to enter the world of work--some for the first time and others entering a new career. Having worked in traditional educational systems, I have seen the time it takes for students to transition from the learning environment to the workforce.

What is your proudest accomplishment at ATC?
I am most proud of how my students have risen to the occasion each time I have called on them to participate in a special program, interview for an internship or permanent job, or to serve as a student ambassador. We’ve had two national competitive winners, four internships with the Georgia General Assembly, two students enrolled in traditional baccalaureate programs, one Student of the Year winner and state finalist...Well, I could go on and on and on (smile).

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November 14, 2007
Atlanta Tech Turns 40


The college recently celebrated its fortieth anniversary with several student festivities. Culinary arts students baked a gigantic birthday cake that was enjoyed by several hundred students, faculty, and staff.

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November 14, 2007
$3.2 Million Grant Funds Career Academy

At a press conference held yesterday, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle presented checks to fund five new career academies and one existing career academy. Thanks to a $3.2 million grant from Cagle, Atlanta Tech will partner with the Fulton County School System to create seamless educational opportunities at the future Hapeville Charter Career Academy.

Career academies partner local school systems with the state¹s technical colleges and local businesses, enabling the development of high school and college-level programs that train students for quality, in-demand jobs. Students find that the academie's challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value which not only lead to higher graduation rates, but also employment. The specified training for students is attractive to area businesses and communities prosper from the highly-trained and skilled local workforce. Businesses have found that partnering with the Career Academies provide a uniquely relevant and prepared workforce.

The Hapeville Charter Career Academy will be a comprehensive high school where students receive academic and career/technical education in a small school environment, while earning college credits and certificates from Atlanta Tech. Ninth grade students will begin in fall 2008 in programs such as avionics and health occupations.

The Technical College System of Georgia evaluated the career academy proposals then decided upon the grants from the $16 million funded by the legislature. A total of nineteen school systems applied, a point not missed by Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson when he noted that the high demand spoke to the great potential and high importance of the career academy initiative.

"Each school system saw the enormous benefit of creating a career academy in their community, a fact made even more apparent by how hard each worked to gain the funding," said Jackson.

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October 29, 2007
Atlanta Tech Makes Strides for Breast Cancer Cure

A spirited group of faculty, staff, and students participated in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk this past weekend. The Atlanta Tech group, known as Brenda's Bridge Builders, walked in honor of President Brenda Watts Jones. She led the college for eleven years before losing her battle with breast cancer earlier this year.

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October 19, 2007
Thomas Named One of 25 Most Influential Women

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, vice president of academic affairs, was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women of Atlanta in a ceremony held last night by Rolling Out Urban Lifestyle Weekly.

This honor recognizes her dynamic leadership and innovative workforce development initiatives.

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October 16, 2007
Atlanta Tech Foundation Announces Scholarship & Grant Winners

Academic Year 2007-2008

(October 1, 2007-June 30, 2008)




The Atlanta Technical College Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) organization, has awarded scholarships/grants for the FY beginning 2007-2008.

One (1) student received a $600 scholarship from The Cornelia “NeNe” Williams Business, Media & Information Technology Student Scholarship Fund;

Eight (8) students received $1,000 scholarships each from the Atlanta Technical College Academic Scholarship Fund (ATC);

Two (2)students received $500 scholarships each from the Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen Business Office Technology And Early Childhood Care Programs Student Scholarship Fund;

and Two (2) students received $1,000 each from The Beauty Master and Jim Maddox Cosmetology Student Scholarship.

The recipients of the above mentioned scholarships/grants are as follows:

Student Name
Program of Study
Scholarship/Grant
Amount
Stephanie Sherrer Paralegal Studies Cornelia “NeNe”Williams  $600
Chen Chun-I Dental Lab Tech. ATC Academic $1,000
Richard F. Glover Culinary Arts ATC Academic $1,000
Deyasha S.Johnson Paralegal Studies ATC Academic $1,000
Lucille Renee McGee Culinary Arts ATC Academic $1,000
Nathaniel C.Merritt Aviation Tech. ATC Academic $1,000
Stephanie Sherrer Paralegal Studies ATC Academic $1,000
Nakiema Wallace Dental Assisting ATC Academic $1,000
Estella W.Vanvalen Electronics Tech. ATC Academic $1,000
Lakeithia L.Weston Early Childhood Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen $500
Kierra S.Williams Early Childhood Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen $500
Nikia C. Amos Cosmetology Beauty Master and Jim Maddox $1,000
Kylia Neely Cosmetology Beauty Master and Jim Maddox $1,000


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October 15, 2007
Commissioner Names Interim President for Atlanta Technical College


Ron Jackson, the commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, has named Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor as the interim president of Atlanta Technical College.

Reed-Taylor is currently the system's assistant commissioner for adult literacy. She will take leave from that position and guide Atlanta Tech until a successor is chosen to replace Brenda Watts Jones, who passed away in August.

"Dr. Reed-Taylor is a highly capable administrator who'll be a great leader for Atlanta Tech during this interim period," said Jackson. "She will serve the college and its students well by continuing the tradition of education excellence that was the hallmark of the presidency of our late friend and colleague, Brenda Watts Jones."

Later this week, Jackson will name a presidential search committee made up of business and community leaders from the Atlanta area. The committee¹s job will be to screen and interview the applicants for the president¹s job and then select their top three candidates. Each of the finalists will interview with Jackson at the system¹s Atlanta headquarters.

The new Atlanta Tech president at will be installed after the commissioner¹s selection is approved by the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia.

The entire process is expected to take from four to six months.



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Thomas Named Acting President


Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, longtime vice president of academic affairs at Atlanta Tech, has been named acting president of the college. A veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience in secondary and post secondary education, Thomas has led the college to an unprecedented level of academic excellence and instructional program expansion.

Prior to her arrival at Atlanta Tech in 1997, Thomas served as executive director at Skills for Tomorrow Charter High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; instructional support services coordinator for the Technical College System of Georgia; education specialist at the US Department of Defense; a teacher and curriculum specialist in the Savannah Chatham County Schools; and an adjunct assistant professor at Alabama State University.

She has been honored by the National Science Foundation; US House of Representatives; and the DTAE/UGA Community and Technical College Leadership Initiative, of which she was a first-cohort graduate.

Thomas has shared her knowledge of best practices in post-secondary education in presentations at various conferences, including the COC-SACS Annual Meeting, the Annual Conference for the Association for Integrative Studies, and the Georgia Tech Prep Conference.

Thomas and her husband Anthony have two grown children and three grandchildren.



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September 3, 2007
Atlanta Technical College is AMERICA'S BEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE

As Atlanta Technical College celebrates its fortieth anniversary and mourns the recent death of its beloved president, there's a spectacular bit of news that all of Atlanta can be proud of: Atlanta Technical College has been named America¹s Best Community College by Washington Monthly.

Unlike the guidebooks that rank four-year colleges, the Washington Monthly findings were entirely based on measures with a research-proven link to student success. The rankings were based on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and graduation rate statistics compiled by the US Department of Education.

To read more:

This link will show the complete rankings and explain the methodology behind them. The Washington Monthly article also makes a passionate and data-driven case for the effectiveness of community colleges compared to their better-known counterparts: four-year colleges and universities.

"Being ranked number one means that there's something uniquely different about the excellent quality of education that's offered at Atlanta Technical College," says Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. "Outstanding faculty and staff, sophisticated yet affordable programs, and a relentless focus on student achievement means the college¹s graduates are destined for career success. Being ranked as number one is a testament to the vision and commitment of the college's late president, Brenda Watts Jones, whose legacy of excellence will continue for years to come. The entire Technical College System of Georgia takes immense pride in congratulating Atlanta Technical College on this well-deserved honor as the best two-year college in the nation."

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August 28, 2007
Atlanta Tech Named Top Community College in the US

Washington Monthly has just released its rankings of America's Best Community Colleges, and Atlanta Tech has been named the best in the country.

The rankings were based on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and graduation rate statistics compiled by the US Department of Education. Unlike the typical guidebooks that rank four-year colleges, these findings were entirely based on measures with a research-proven link to student success.

Read more here Read more here...

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August 14, 2007
Atlanta Tech Mourns Loss of President Brenda Watts Jones




Brenda Watts Jones, president of Atlanta Technical College, passed away on Sunday, August 12. As leader of the college since 1997, President Jones inherited a struggling institution and transformed it into an educational powerhouse. Her visionary leadership brought national and international recognition to Atlanta Tech.

For more than twenty years, President Jones was on the frontlines of higher education. She was the first and only African-American female to lead a technical college in Georgia. The Daphne, Alabama, native earned her BA in sociology from Dillard University before completing graduate work at Atlanta University and Georgia State University. She was tapped to lead then-Atlanta Technical Institute in 1997. With a budget of more than $24 million and a staff that numbers more than 350, Dr. Jones directed one of the fastest-growing and busiest technical colleges in the state.

Ron Jackson, interim commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, has issued the following statement:

“I, along with the entire Technical College System of Georgia, was deeply saddened by the passing of Brenda Watts Jones. We offer our condolences to her husband, Morris, her son, Brandon, her stepchildren, Maurice, Marquis, Sheikla, Kaleisha, and their entire extended family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. We have lost a great colleague, an outstanding college president and a good friend whose remarkable life and constant devotion to education was an inspiration to us all. She will be remembered as a gifted leader who molded Atlanta Technical College into a respected institution and a national and international model for technical education and workforce development. Her greatest legacy, though, is every student whose life was magically touched by her belief in them and her commitment to changing their lives through the power of learning. Her colleagues, her community and, most of all, her students, will miss her greatly.”

President Jones served on the boards of the Metropolitan Atlanta Neighborhood Development Association; the Fulton County Workforce Development Council; the City of Atlanta’s Workforce Development Council; the RESA Board of Control; Good Choices; Project GRAD; and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board on Education, to name a few. She was also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and the Regional Leadership Institute. President Jones was a member of the Coalition of One-Hundred Black Women.

The Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta and former Secretary of State Lewis Massey recognized her for outstanding community service, leadership, and vision. Michael Thurmond, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, named her an Outstanding Georgian, and the Atlanta Business League cast her as one of Atlanta’s most influential women. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., honored her as a Delta Diva and Trailblazer of the Year. FOX-5 Atlanta also profiled her during Black History Month as one of Atlanta’s preeminent educational leaders.

But her success didn’t stop there. Partnerships and programs expanded under President Jones’ leadership. Atlanta Technical College now offers more than eighty programs, including associate degree programs in Accounting, Marketing, Early Childhood Care and Education, Computer Information Systems, Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management, and Paralegal Studies. More associate degrees will be added later this year.

These accomplishments are no surprise considering President Jones’ remarkable tenure at ATC. In 1997, she launched Georgia’s first technical college international exchange program with Felix Fechenbach, a technical school in Germany. Plans are underway to expand the exchange to technical colleges in London and Korea. Atlanta Tech is the only technical college in the Southeast with an ongoing international exchange program.

Always about business, Dr. Jones cultivated strong ties with area companies and industry leaders. Among Atlanta Tech’s many corporate partners are Delta Air Lines; AT&T; Fulton County Public Schools; Atlanta Public Schools; the Hyatt Regency; Georgia-Pacific; Kroger; Fulton County Housing Authority; the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia; BMW of North America; and various trade unions.

President Jones was an active member of Cascade United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Morris; son, Brandon; stepchildren Maurice, Marquis, Sheikla, and Kaleisha; her mother, Rosetta Watts; her father and stepmother, Vodie and Evangeline Watts; four sisters, Barbara Martin, Joan Royal, Karla Mitchell, and Victoria Watts; her brothers, Vodie Watts, Jr., Vernon Watts, and Terrence Watts; and two step-grandchildren.

Visitation Services will be held on August 15 from 6 until 8pm at Williamson Mortuary. Visitation is from 6-7pm and the service will begin at 7pm.

Williamson Mortuary
1410 Highway 138
Riverdale, Georgia 30296
770.907.8548


Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 16 at 11am at Cascade United Methodist Church.

Cascade Church
3144 Cascade Road, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30311
404.691.5770


A service will also be held this weekend in Dr. Jones’s hometown, Daphne, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Brenda Watts Jones Scholarship Fund. Checks should be made payable to the “Atlanta Technical College Foundation” and “Brenda Watts Jones Scholarship” should be noted in the memo line on the check.

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July 13, 2007
Students Capture the Bronze at SkillsUSA Competition
Kenneth Baldwin (at left) and Marcus Wilson recently won national recognition for their graphic design skills. They captured the bronze medal in the web design category at the 2007 SkillsUSA competition. Baldwin and Wilson are studying visual communications at the college.

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July 12, 2007
Student Named Solo Warrior By Judge Mablean Ephriam
Larry Alford, Atlanta Tech’s student of the year, was honored recently with the Solo Warrior Award from the Judge Mablean Ephriam Foundation and the Tupac Shakur Foundation. This national honor salutes a single dad who exemplifies the best in positive fatherhood.

Alford, a culinary arts student, is the adoptive father of three-year-old Jonathan and his two-year-old sister Janiyah.

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June 20, 2007
Teacher of the Year Finalists
Atlanta Tech is proud to announce the finalists in the Teacher of the Year (Rick Perkins Award) competition at the college. The finalists are: Cookie Burkhalter, Health, Skilled Trades, and Technical Division; Karen Carter, Business, Media, Information Technology, and Human Services Division; and Nayera Salam, Academic and Learning Support Division.

                                     

Cookie Burkhalter                 Nayera Salam                           Karen Carter       Health, Skilled Trades &        Academic and Learning             Business, Media, Technical Division                 Support Division               Information Technology

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June 7, 2007
Commencement to be Held on June 9
More than 1,000 graduates will be recognized at Atlanta Technical College’s Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 9 at the Atlanta Civic Center. The ceremony will begin at 11am.

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May 23, 2007
Foundation Board Member Honored
Ken Hudson, longtime member of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, has been selected for induction into the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. He will be honored at a ceremony in New York City this summer.

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May 23, 2007
Students Named Hinman Scholars
Patricia C. Garcia-Estrada and Stacey D. Mizell, dental lab technology students, have been awarded scholarships from the Hinman Dental Society. The scholarships recognize academic excellence in the dental laboratory field. The awards were presented at a special luncheon held recently at the annual Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta. Student recipients of the scholarships are known as Hinman Scholars.

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May 22, 2007
Atlanta Tech Presents Business & Industry Breakfast
The Economic Development Division will present a Business & Industry Breakfast on Thursday, June 7 at 7:30am in the Dennard Conference Center.

Peggy V. McCormick, president of the Atlanta Development Authority, will be the guest speaker. For more information about the event, please call 404.225.4481.

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May 18 , 2007
Alford to Compete in Statewide Competition
Larry Alford, Atlanta Tech's Student of the Year, will compete next week in the statewide GOAL contest. The top students from each of Georgia's technical colleges will vie for the title of Georgia's Best Technical College Student. The winner will receive a new Chevrolet and spend the next year serving as the state's ambassador for technical and adult education.

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March 22, 2007
President Named Pacesetter of the Year
President Brenda Watts Jones was just named Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations. The national award recognizes the community college CEO who has done the most to support and lead campus marketing initiatives.

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  March 15, 2007
Student of the Year Finalists Announced

Atlanta Technical College has named the finalists in the Student of the Year competition, also known as GOAL. The finalists are: Larry Alford, culinary arts; Willie Niles, marketing management; Lucille McGee, culinary arts; and Shaquitta Brookins, paralegal studies. These students represent the best and the brightest among the student body at Atlanta Tech. The winner of the Atlanta Tech GOAL contest will be announced next month and will go on to represent the college in the statewide GOAL competition.

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February 28, 2007
Students & Faculty on The Tom Joyner Morning Show

Atlanta Technical College was featured on The Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday. Students and a faculty member were interviewed. Listen here.

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February 23, 2007
Atlanta Tech Presents 12th Annual Black History Jeopardy/Hundredaire

On Wednesday, February 28, student scholars from each academic division will compete in Black History Jeopardy and Who Wants to be A Hundredaire?-- contests that showcase their knowledge of black history.

Black History Jeopardy begins at 10am in the campus auditorium. The Hundredaire contest will be held at 6pm in the auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

The events are sponsored by Atlanta Technical College¹s Student Services Division and the Student Government Association.

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February 23, 2007
President Inducted Into Atlanta Business League's Hall of Fame

President Brenda Watts Jones will be inducted into the Atlanta Business League's Hall of Fame at a ceremony on February 27. This honor recognizes her record of stellar leadership and achievement in higher education.

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January 31, 2007
Don't Miss the Annual Campus Health Fair

Be sure to attend the Annual Campus Health Fair on February 22 from 11am to 6pm in the Auditorium. Presented by the Office of Continuing Education, the fair will offer free glucose testing, bone density testing, and many other health screenings.

The event will also feature tai chi and acupuncture demonstrations, mini-massages, free food samples, nutritional information, and numerous giveaways. Bring the whole family: there will be arts and crafts activities for the kids.

For more information, please call 404.225.4489 or 404.225.4490.
 
 
Larry Alford
Culinary Arts 
 
 
Shaquitta Brookins
Paralegal
 
 
Lucille McGee
Culinary Arts
 
 
Willie Niles 
Marketing
 
 
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January 31, 2007
Free Tax Help & Filing for Senior Citizens

Atlanta Technical College, in partnership with the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation,will offer free electronic tax filing for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older.

This service will be offered on Wednesdays from February 7 to April 11 from 11am to 3pm in Room 1127 on the Atlanta Tech campus. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, please call 404.225.4486 or 404.225.4487.
 
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January 18, 2007
Health Information Technology Program Featured in the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently gave coverage to ATC's Health Information Technology (HIT) Program. "The new associate degree program will prepare students for more than 100 different jobs in more than forty different settings," says Andrea Mignott, program director.

Health information technologists manage all aspects of medical records and information. Atlanta Tech is accepting students now for Spring Quarter. Please call 404.225.4400 and apply by March 20.

Instructor of the Year Captures Media Coverage
Fred Brown, ATC's Instructor of the Year, was featured in a recent edition of Rolling Out. The article detailed his colorful past and lauded the impact he's made on Atlanta Tech students.

"Teaching is my calling--it isn't jewelry sales, banking, or real estate--it is teaching," says Brown. "And it's been a beautiful ride."

Atlanta Housing Authority Spotlights Atlanta Tech
ATC President Brenda Watts Jones recently penned a letter to the city's public housing residents. The letter appeared in the Atlanta Housing Authority's resident newsletter and included information about the college's offerings.