Access Fall 2013
A Newsletter for Friends of Albany Technical College
fall 2013 access FOR THE ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF ALBANY TECHNICAL COLLEGE magazine Wall of Giving Albany Tech Foundation Launches Annual Campaign Albany Tech Signs New Articulation Agreement with Georgia Southwestern State University ATC Launches Brand New Website ATC/AIC Wireless Partnership a Win-Win for Electronics Technology Students page3 page 5 page 6 access fall 2013 ALBANY TECHNICAL COLLEGE SENIOR ADMINISTRATION FOR THE ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF ALBANY TECHNICAL COLLEGE Anthony O. Parker, Ph.D. Kim Lee, Ph.D. President Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Shirley Armstrong Linda Coston Executive Vice President Vice President for Academic Affairs Vice President of Adult Education Kathy Skates Special Assistant to the President Joe Najjar Vice President of Administration Wendy Howell Lisandra DeJesus Director of Public Relations & Information Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management PRESIDENTIAL PERSPECTIVE 2 Real World Opportunities ATC/GSW AGREEMENT 3 ATC Signs New Articulation Agreements with GSWSU HABITAT BUILD 4 ATC Construction Students Build Habitat Homes NEW ATC WEBSITE 5 Matt Trice magazine ATC Sports New Website ATC/AIC WIRELESS AGREEMENT 6 ATC Electronics Tech Students to benefit from partnership Vice President of Center for Business Solutions BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kent Sanders Baker County Representative Dougherty County Representatives: Virginia Parker, Chair Col. Hooks Joe Austin Ben Barrow Betty White Neil Lowe Calhoun County Representative Carl Childs, Jr. Clay County Representative Robert Chester Early County Representative FACES/PLACES 10-13 Recent happenings at ATC Kuanita Murphy ASN PROGRAM 18 ATC Launched New ASN Program Fall Semester Lee County Representative Randolph County Representative Rhonda Gordon FOUNDATION TRUSTEES Joe James Celinda Dennison Cathi Jones C.W. Grant Suzanna MacIntosh Lem Griffin Procter & Gamble SB&T Bank Retired Community Volunteer Flint River Services Kirt Phillips Alfredia Hampton Glenn Singfield Ronnie Hinson Merrill Lynch Artesian Contracting Katrina Baranko SunTrust Bank MetroPower Jim Wilcox Merle Norman Cosmetics WALB-Channel 10 Mike Clark Cynthia Young Dr. Willie Adams Jeanette McDowell Interstate Warehousing Retired Nathaniel Williams Sam’s Club COVER FEATURE 8/9 ATC Foundation Breaks Ground on “Wall of Giving” Winston Oxford Terrell County Representative Emerson Electrical ATC FIRST RESPONDERS 7 ATC’s First Responders Programs Listed in Top Ranking Bank of America Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital PEOPLE 18 Recent Promotions/Awards of ATC Employees DOUGHERTY COUNTY CAMPUS: 229 430.3500 RANDOLPH COUNTY LEARNING CENTER: 229 732.5280 ONLINE: www.albanytech.edu Access is a quarterly news magazine published by the Public Relations and Information Office at Albany Technical College. Send direct inquiries to Wendy Howell, Director of Public Relations and Information, at 229.430.3816 or email email@example.com. A Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, Albany Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Inquires should be addressed to the VP of Administration, ATC, 229.430.3524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ABOUT OUR COVER: On August 14, 2013, the Albany Tech Foundation officially launched a new campaign by breaking ground on the “Wall of Giving.” FEATURES page 3 page 4 page 5 Albany Tech/Georgia Southwestern State Articulation Agreement Signing Construction Students Give Back with Habitat Build ATC Sports New Website page 6 page 7 page14 ATC Signs Electronics Tech Agreement with AIC Wireless ATC First Responders programs make national ranking list Contents ATC Launched ASN Program Fall Semester FROM OUR PRESIDENT DR. ANTHONY O. PARKER Real World Opportunities As many of you have probably noticed in our advertising slogan for this academic year, “Real World Opportunities,” we are seeking to continue to tell the Albany Tech story through success stories and options provided through technical education. What are those Real World Opportunities and why are they important to the Southwest Georgia region? Our primary emphasis continues to be Workforce Education and we will never abandon those objectives. But, we want to take Workforce Education a step further. As you will see in this edition of Access, we recently signed new articulation agreements with Georgia Southwestern State University. With these agreements and the existing ones with Albany State University and Valdosta State University, we now have partnerships with all three universities in the South Georgia region. We also hold agreements with universities north of us through Mercer University in Macon and Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. 2 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 Through these agreements, our graduates who seek to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree after earning their associate degree with Albany Tech, have that option to do so. We are pleased to provide that pathway to our students. This is another Real World Opportunity we believe is a true asset to our region. We are pleased to continue to provide the Southwest Georgia region with Real World Opportunities and hope you will support our efforts. Our third Real World Opportunity is low tuition costs. Students pay much less attending a two-year technical college. Finally, let’s not forget about Albany Tech’s success rate. You may not know that Albany Tech has consistently ranked number two within the Technical College System of Georgia in graduation and placement. In our region, we are number one among our peer technical colleges. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about Albany Tech and all we have to offer, we invite you to visit our website at www.albanytech.edu or contact us at 229.430.3500 and ask to speak with an admissions counselor. from the President ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS Albany Tech Signs Two Articulation Agreements with Georgia Southwestern State University Albany Technical College officially signed two articulation agreements with Georgia Southwestern State University on Monday, August 19, 2013, at 10:30am in the Executive Board Room, Albany Tech Logistics Education Center. Through the articulation agreements, students graduating with a Networking Specialist, PC Maintenance Specialist, or Computer Support Specialist Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) from Albany Tech (ATC) can begin work toward a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology from Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW). In addition, students graduating from an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Accounting from ATC can begin work toward a Bachelor of Business Arts (BBA) degree in Accounting from GSW, while students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Business Management from ATC can begin work toward a Bachelor of Business Arts (BBA) degree in Management from GSW. “Technical college graduates should prepare themselves for promotions and leadership roles and an additional two years of college and a bachelor’s degree will indicate they are more than prepared for leadership,” said Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College. Parker says the opportunity afforded to Albany Tech’s graduates by Georgia Southwestern State will allow students to compete in the future for leadership positions with graduates from four-year colleges throughout the Southeast. Both agreements are designed to ensure a smooth transition for students from ATC to GSW in the outlined coursework. “We are proud to partner with Albany Technical College and applaud Dr. Parker and his staff for their efforts to provide for their students educational opportunities beyond the associate degree,” said Dr. Kendall A. Blanchard, GSW president. “We are confident this agreement will help to increase the number of persons in Southwest Georgia earning a bachelor’s degree and thereby strengthen the work force in this part of the state.” “Technical college graduates should prepare themselves for promotions and leadership roles and an additional two years of college and a bachelor’s degree will indicate they are more than prepared for leadership.” ~ Dr. Anthony O. Parker President, Albany Technical College access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 | 3 COMMUNITY Building Albany Technical College’s Carlton Construction Academy students volunteered their services to two Habitat for Humanity projects on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11th and 12th, from 10am to 3pm at two properties located in East Albany (2903 and 2905 Rosebrier Avenue). Students from the Carpentry, Air Conditioning Technology, Building Maintenance, Masonry, and Plumbing programs used the skills they have learned in their programs to get real world experience, while servicing the community. “We made this into a two-day event in order to assist Habitat in completing these two homes for two families in need,” said Emmett Griswold, Dean of the Carlton Construction Academy at Albany Tech. Griswold says the projects are not just a means for live work for the students, but a meaningful way to give back to their 4 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 a Better Life for Albany Residents community and learn the importance of community service. For the past three years, the Construction Academy at Albany Tech has held a G.I.R.L.S. (Gumption. Innovation. Leadership. Service) Camp for high school students, which was designed to teach females interested in pursuing a career in the construction field the basics of carpentry, electrical wiring, electromechanical engineering, and heating and air conditioning technology. As part of the camp, students were able to volunteer time painting and landscaping new Habitat Homes in the area. In November 2010, carpentry program students at Albany Tech built and donated doghouses to the local Habitat chapter so that families would have adequate housing and shelter for their pets. Projects are not just a means for live work for the students, but a meaningful way to give back to their community and learn the importance of community service. ALBANYTECH.EDU New Website offers improved layout, mobile friendly version Albany Technical officially launched a new website on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The new website offers many new features and enhancements including improved layout, a mobile friendly version, and enhanced job listings and contacts. Designed with every audience in mind, the new site presents the end user with only the information they are interested in. The simple design of the front page easily directs the user to the most critical information first. This is especially useful for students and visitors alike to view information they need the most. In addition, the wider layout allows more room for content in a viewer friendly format. With the mobile friendly version of the site, all materials that are available on a desktop version are now available on a mobile version. The website auto-detects mobile devices and displays the proper version. However, mobile users are also able to switch to the desktop version if they choose to do so. With an improved â€œAreas of Studyâ€? link on the site, viewers are able to access more detailed information on each academic program. Also, more direct contact information for instructors in each program has been added for student availability. Other enhancements to this area will come in the next several months as increased photo galleries and video content is added for each academic program for the user to access a visual showcase of each program of study. For job seekers, the new site offers enhanced online job listings with users being able to browse by job categories, as well as search by more criteria, including education level and income. In addition, job seekers can also keep an online history of job postings they have viewed. Employers who place job listings on our site can also manage their job listings by ensuring they are always up-to-date. For the college directory, there are enhanced contact areas such a vCard link for each faculty/staff member, which makes it easier to students specifically to keep a contact for each of their instructors. For more information about the new website, viewers can contact Wendy Howell, Director of Public Relations and Information at Albany Technical College, at email@example.com. access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 | 5 CUSTOMIZED TRAINING PARTNERSHIPS Albany Technical College Partners with AIC Wireless to provide customized training for Electronics Technology students Albany Technical College and AIC Wireless held a press conference on Monday, June 17, 2013, at 10am, in the Electronics Technology Lab of the Center for Excellence in Technology, Room 226, to signify a partnership designed to provide customized training for Electronics Technology students. also benefit from this training partnership with AIC Wireless. AIC Wireless, a division of Automated Irrigation Controls, LLC, was founded in 2005 in Sylvester, Georgia. The company specializes in custom DDC controls applications and the manufacturing of wireless control devices for Building Automation, Intelligent Lighting, Industrial, and Commercial markets, as well as the Agriculture markets. Their wireless controls line stems from a teaming agreement with Tridium, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia, who created the technology called Sedona™ - the platform used to fabricate and build their controller technology on. It is this technology that students enrolled in the Electronics Technology program with a concentration in Industrial Specialization will train in. Students will receive training on a JACE controller, which is a device that is estimated to be in over 350,000 buildings in America and abroad. Currently, there are only approximately 20,000 workers certified to troubleshoot or program these devices. Hall says that the technology is growing at an astounding rate and Albany Tech could very well be the first educational institution to offer this specialized training. In addition to the students in the Electronics Technology program with a concentration in Industrial Specialization, students enrolled under a new Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program at Albany Tech will 6 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 “We will be providing training to potential employees for AIC Wireless, their affiliates, as well as their competitors,” said Manuel Hall, chair of the Electronics Technology program at Albany Tech. “This has the potential to be a rewarding opportunity to the potential student interested in a career in this field and it furthers our workforce development commitment here at Albany Tech,” added Hall. In addition to the training in the labs at Albany Tech, Joe Dylinski, President of AIC Wireless, has agreed to allow select students an opportunity to gain work experience. This experience will be through different co-op and internship opportunities with the company. Mr. Dylinski said “this type of training would usually have taken someone entering the workforce in this field about three years to acquire”. The “Building Automation Industry” has quickly become a formidable competitor in the “Technology” jobs and career market. It has done this in part, because it has been able to embrace and implement new and cutting edge technologies for control systems. Wireless controls, for example, are now being specified and accepted in this market. These systems are now starting to replace traditional hardwired systems and are being installed into buildings and on equipment previously untouched. As such, they are then able to vastly improve efficiency and reduce waste in a multitude of new and different areas such as indoor and outdoor lighting controls, HVAC systems and other energy management needs like water, gas and KW meters. “AIC’s vision, in partnership with Albany Tech, is to provide the students of the Electronics Technology program with additional abilities and experience that they can then use to succeed in a rewarding and long-term career in this field if they apply themselves and work hard for it”, said Joe Dylinski, President of AIC, LLC. PROGRAM RECOGNITION “Not surprisingly, the role of first responders has heightened since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. ATC will continue to strive to graduate and place in-field the highest level of first responders.” - Don Laye Chair, Fire Science Technology Program, Albany Tech Training the best Albany Technical College Named in Fire Science Online’s Top 100 Colleges Where Grads Save Lives Albany Technical College was recently recognized by Fire Science Online as a top 100 college that offers the most first responder programs in the country, including firefighting, EMT, and law enforcement. In the creation of the list, just under 7,000 first response programs across nearly 2,500 colleges and universities were reviewed. Each of these schools had, on average, 2.7 first response programs. Only the schools with the most programs (no less than seven) made the list, providing they met the following criteria: Fully-accredited schools only; public and private schools included; two- and four-year institutions included; and U.S. (and its territories) colleges only. “First response careers hold a special place in society today, and require dedicated and highly trained men and women,” said Matt Davis, Managing Director of Fire Science Online. “These 100 colleges help students transition from life-changing courses to life-saving careers.” Albany Technical College has one of the most comprehensive First Responders programs in the state of Georgia. Housed within the Charles B. Gillespie, M.D. Center for Emergency Responders, the Fire Science Technology, Law Enforcement Technology, and Paramedicine Technology programs provide the highest level of training from instructors with years of experience in the field in extensive labs with state-of-the-art equipment. “This is an excellent recognition for Albany Technical College, including our past, present, and future first responder graduates,” said Don Laye, Chair, Fire Science Technology program at Albany Tech. “Not surprisingly, the role of first responders has heightened since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. ATC will continue to strive to graduate and place in-field the highest level of first responders.” Fire Science Online emphasizes that with the employment of first responders growing so rapidly (33 percent for EMT’s and paramedics between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), colleges will need to offer more first response programs to train the men and women who will fill those jobs. Officials stress the importance of recognizing the schools already doing their part to train the next wave of first responders. For the full 100 Colleges Where Grads Save Lives listing, visit http://www. firescience.org/college-degree-rankingsonline/colleges-where-grads-save-lives/ “These 100 colleges help students transition from life-changing courses to lifesaving careers.” - Matt Davis Managing Director, Fire Science Online access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 | 7 COVER FEATURE Wall of Giving Albany Tech Foundation Launches Annual Campaign 8 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 COVER FEATURE Final Piece of Campus Master Plan Becomes a Reality Wall of Giving A lbany Technical College officially broke ground on its new “Wall of Giving” on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 10am, on the grounds north of the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology Building. The Wall of Giving is one of the final pieces of the campus master plan that was developed prior to a recently ended capital campaign and will be a way to recognize donors. The garden concept with an engraved brick walkway evolved to a wall that better blends with the rest of the campus. The Wall of Giving will allow Albany Tech masonry students to construct a lasting memory of their student days here at Albany Tech as they build on their masonry skills. In addition to the masonry students actually building the wall, the rendering for the Wall of Giving was created by students in the drafting technology program at Albany Tech. With workforce development being one of the primary objectives at Albany Tech, this project provided a means for students in these two programs to work on a “Real World” project that would last for many years to come. In 2010, drafting students designed a campus marquee, which was later constructed by Albany Tech masonry students. The Wall of Giving will allow Albany Tech masonry students to construct a lasting memory of their student days here at Albany Tech as they build on their masonry skills. New donors will be able to have their names or the names of their businesses and organizations engraved onto the many bricks that make up the Wall of Giving. This project will earmark a capital campaign for the college, which will be followed by a golf tournament in October and a Roast in the spring of 2014. To purchase a brick, donors may contact Joe Najjar with the Albany Tech Foundation at 229.430.6624 or email jnajjar@ albanytech.edu. access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 | 9 Faces/Places FACES/PLACES The latest campus happenings ... ATC OPEN HOUSE 2013 Hundreds of community members and potential students came out on June 22nd for Albany Techâ€™s annual Open House. Visitors were able to get a first-hand look at all programs offered at Albany Tech and register for fall semester. 10 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 Faces/Places FACES/PLACES The latest campus happenings ... Almost 500 eighth through twelfth graders from area schools had the chance to explore career options in the Construction and Energy fields by visiting Albany Techâ€™s 2013 Careers In Construction Day held on Thursday, September 26th. Several faculty/staff, students, community members, and state and local officials attended Dr. Parkerâ€™s State of the College Address on Tuesday, September 17th. Students from the Blind Coalition had the opportunity to visit Albany Tech on June 6th to explore disability accommodations offered to students. Col. Donald J. Davis, Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, and his staff recently visited Albany Tech to learn more about the college and potential partnership opportunities. Firefighters from all parts of Georgia were at Albany Tech on Sept. 10th for training courses as part of the State Fire Convention held in Albany. access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 | 11 Faces/Places FACES/PLACES The latest campus happenings ... Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Tech, recently had lunch on cam- Dr. Bill Underwood, President of Mercer University, visited Albany Tech in pus with members of the Albany Tech Student Government Association August for a campus tour. (SGA). Albany Tech hosted a “Troops to Trucks” informational session on Tuesday, August 6th. Troops to Trucks is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development designed to attract thousands returning from Iraq to consider careers in Commercial Truck Driving. Georgia State Representative Winfred Dukes, 150th district, paid a visit to Albany Tech’s Childcare Development Demonstration Center on Monday, September 30th, and read a favorite book to Georgia Pre-K students. The event was designed to kick off Pre-K Week in Georgia. 12 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 Faces/Places FACES/PLACES The latest campus happenings ... Left: Latronna Bush, marketing management student at Albany Tech; and Right: Cliffon Hammond, future Albany Tech Titan, recently volunteered for the Cancer Coalition’s “Walk to Remember” and “Carnival of Hope” events held on September 14th. Students who attended the Robotics Academy (a part of the Students Achieving Success in Engineering Technology (SASET) program at Albany Tech) had the opportunity to participate in a robotics competition on July 17th. Students also received numerous awards during a Robotics Academy Awards Presentation held on July 24th. access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 | 13 HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY The first cohort began classes at the beginning of fall term on August 21st. This group will require two years to complete the program and the next cohort applicants will be in the fall of 2015. Albany Tech Launches Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program Fall Semester ... First Cohort Excited About Opportunity Albany Technical College officially launched its new Associate of Science degree in nursing program (ASN) beginning this fall semester. Albany Tech was given provisional approval by the Georgia Board of Nurses to accept students into its new Associate of Science Nursing program for the fall semester 2013. The program is designed to meet the needs of the community by complimenting Albany Tech’s existing nursing program. Lenekia McKnight, Director of Education and Research at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, thinks the program will be an asset for the community in providing qualified nurses to the area hospital and physicians offices. “There has been a tremendous response from the community wanting to get information on the admissions/entrance requirements,” said Mattie Buchannon, Dean of the Health Care Technology division at Albany Technical College. “Our program is designed to assist those 14 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 interested persons to pursue their goals of becoming a Registered Nurse. We built our program based on some of the successful models that we have seen, while not destroying the goals of any entity in our region.” “We are excited to help alleviate the nursing shortage and health disparities in our community by providing welltrained registered nurses,” said Schvon Bussey, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, Program Chair for the new program at Albany Tech. Albany Tech also received approval from its accrediting body, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), on this program. The first cohort began classes at the beginning of fall term on August 21st. This group will require two years to complete the program and the next cohort applicants will be in the fall of 2015. “We are excited to help alleviate the nursing shortage and health disparities in our community by providing well-trained registered nurses.” ~ Schvon Bussey, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, Program Chair, ASN Program at Albany Tech FACULTY/STAFF RECOGNITIONS Linda Coston Named Vice President of Adult Education training program with ProLiteracy and is a Certified Manager in Program Improvement (CMPI®). In June, Albany Tech announced the promotion of current Associate Vice President of Adult Education, Linda H. Coston, to Vice President of Adult Education. A native of Leesburg, Georgia and graduate of the Lee County School System, Coston received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Albany State University School of Business and her master’s degree in Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University. She also completed the Leadership Excellency Academy Coston began her career with Albany Tech in 1993 as the Director of Continuing Education. In 1996, she established the Adult Literacy program for the college’s seven-county service delivery area (SDA) with responsibility for program operations and grant writing. She has held positions of Director, Dean and Associate Vice President with the College. During her leadership in the Adult Education program, an average of 1600 students are enrolled annually. In the course of the last five years, examinees were tested for the GED® with 2,011 GED® credentials awarded. Prior to her employment with Albany Tech, Coston was employed in industry and banking for over 20 years. She is actively involved in community service and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman for the Albany Housing Authority. In addition, she has current or past affiliations with the following organizations: Communities in Schools, Youth Opportunity (YO!), Sowega Council on Aging, Family Connections in Baker, Clay, Calhoun, Lee, Randolph, and Terrell Counties, Region 10 Certified Literate Community Program, Randolph County READS, and the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE). With a passion for literacy, Coston says her goal is to provide services to significantly increase the literacy rates in Albany Tech’s SDA counties of Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Lee, Randolph, and Terrell Counties. “We will never realize economic development until we improve literacy within our communities,” said Coston. Coston says the lack of education is tied to poverty, crime, and unemployment. “Education is essential to everyday life and without the ability to read, write and possess computer skills, it is difficult to navigate through the world we live in,” she added. “I believe education is the foundation for a successful workforce and community.” Coston is the mother of one daughter, one son, and grandmother of four. Maryam Saheb Named 2013 Employee of the Year Saheb has been employed at Albany Tech since 1997. Prior to her current position of Adult Education Coordinator, she held previous positions at Albany Tech of GED® Chief Examiner, Student Services Specialist, and Career Evaluator. She says she chose this path at Albany Tech because of her passion to help students succeed and grow at ATC and believes that every student should have a strong foundation to base their academic careers. Albany Technical College named the 2013 Employee of the Year during an end of fiscal year luncheon held for faculty and staff on Friday, August 9, 2013. Maryam Saheb, Adult Education Coordinator at Albany Tech, was named as this year’s winner. Prior to coming to Albany Tech, Saheb served as Academic Advisor at Albany State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Brewton-Parker College School of Business and has lived in Albany for over 20 years. Being a strong advocate of educational growth within the Al- bany community is something that she believes every successful community should share, especially when it comes to educational resources, such as Albany Tech. Saheb says that being recognized as ATC’s Employee of the Year has been one of the most memorable moments for her. She says she is proud to be a part of the ATC family and taking an active role in advancing her community and all other Service Delivery Areas. “I have always felt a close bond and trust with my ATC family, both in my own department and campus wide,” said Saheb. “When I heard my name being announced as Employee of the Year, I was speechless with gratitude,” she added. access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 | 15 Are you an ATC Grad? Have a career success story to share? Yes? We want to share your Real World Opportunity with our readers! Contact Wendy Howell at 229.430.3816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story. 16 | access | Albany Technical College | Fall 2013 PUTTING YOU FIRST. BANKING DESIGNED TO FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE & YOUR BUSINESS At HeritageBank of the South, we put customers first. 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