Tech Talk "Prepare for the World of Work" Summer 2011
Quarterly magazine for Atlanta Technical College. This edition features articles on E-Campus - full online programs, Zumba, Supply Chain Management programs, Bridge Builder Awards, the conversion from quarters to semesters.
From the President O ur world is changing every day in ways that could only be imagined just a few years ago. As our world changes, new jobs are created and there are new ideas about the way we contribute to the workforce in our local and global communities. According to a new report recently released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, there will 47 million new jobs in the United States workforce by 2018. More than thirty percent of those new jobs—approximately 14 million of them—will require an associate’s degree, post-secondary technical diploma, or technical certificate, credentials awarded at Atlanta Technical College. At Atlanta Technical College, we are preparing students for the world of 2018 today. We are offering a new view of the world that allows them to see the world a little bit differently, and one that encourages them to examine their place in it a little more closely. photo by Ron Witherspoon I invite you to visit our campus and explore the diversity of our academic programs and the excitement of our student life. Atlanta Technical College is the college for your future, and we look forward to your joining our community! Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, President of Atlanta Technical College Our Mission Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, located in the city of Atlanta, is an accredited institution of higher education that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunities, associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-art technology. 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. TECHNICAL CERTIFICATES OF CREDIT (TCCs) These short-term training programs generally take two quarters or less to complete. Students who enroll in TCCs may qualify for the HOPE Grant and typically take the classes to enhance their existing job skills or to acquire very specific skills that may help them reach short-term goals. For example, many students studying Computer Information Systems elect to take a TCC that will allow them to achieve CISCO Systems specialization. The same goes for healthcare students who enroll in our Patient Care Assisting TCC in hopes of landing a specific type of entry-level job. DIPLOMA PROGRAMS Atlanta Technical College offers a wide variety of diploma programs which typically take four to six quarters to complete. We offer studies in several areas, including Business, Media, & Information Technology; Technical and Skilled Trades; and Health & Human Services. On the following pages you’ll find listings for dozens of programs, many of which offer day and evening classes. Eligible students enrolled in diploma programs may qualify for financial aid including the HOPE Grant. ASSOCIATE DEGREES Want to earn an associate degree? Atlanta Technical College is interested in helping you achieve that goal. Our college now offers students the chance to graduate with an Associate of Applied Technology degree in Hotel/ Restaurant/Tourism Management, Health Information Technology, Accounting, Marketing, Computer Information Systems, Early Childhood Care and Education, Fire Science, Pharmacy Technology, and Paralegal Studies. These programs take about two years to complete and, like all of our programs, are designed with the needs and expectations of industry in mind. Eligible students enrolled in associate degree programs may qualify for financial aid and/or the HOPE Scholarship. For more information about what we have to offer, visit www.atlantatech.edu or call us today at 404.225.4461. A set forth in its catalog, Atlanta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). For further information regarding these laws (Title Vl, lX and Section 504/ADA) contact Harriet A. Ferrell, equity officer/career, planner/special needs, Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland Dennard Building, Student Affairs Division, Suite 163 B, 404.225.4462. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To request reasonable accommodations upon enrollment, contact Harriet A. Ferrell, Career Planner (Special Needs), Student Affairs Division, Cleveland Dennard Building, Suite 163, 404.225.4462. Email: email@example.com. Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. 2 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 The path starts here. Follow these easy steps to apply to Atlanta Technical College. ADMISSION CHECKLIST • Complete and submit the Application for Admission along with the one-time nonrefundable $20 application fee. Please note that ATC sets quarterly application and testing deadlines. All students applying for admission to Atlanta Technical College (ATC) must be 16 years of age or older; however, certain program standards may require that an applicant be 18 or older. Please have all transcripts sent to: • Schedule a date and time to take your placement test. The Admissions Office will help you do this when you complete your application. If you have the required SAT, ACT, COMPASS, ASSET, or program-level English and/or mathematics from another college/university you may not be required to take the placement test. Official copies of any test scores must be obtained. Note: Proof of high school graduation or GED is required for admission to all diploma and degree programs except: Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Welding, Culinary Arts, Visual Communications, Diesel Equipment Technology, and Electrical Construction and Maintenance. All students enrolled in these programs must earn a high school diploma or a GED prior to graduation from Atlanta Technical College. The college does not accept special education diplomas or certificates of attendance. • Submit an OFFICIAL transcript directly from your high school or your GED transcript (scores). In addition, if you have attended other colleges/universities, copies of your transcripts* must also be obtained. Office of Admissions Atlanta Technical College 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446 404.225.4461 • For financial aid information call 404.225.4716. Students must meet quarterly deadlines and are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the federal Pell Grant, as well as Georgia’s HOPE grant & scholarship. • Veterans must complete and submit the VA Application online at http://www.gibill.va.gov. • Report for Orientation/Advisement/Registration session as notified in your official acceptance letter. * Students who wish to have college/university credit evaluated for anything other than program-level English or mathematics must complete and submit a transfer of credit form. Programs of Study BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Accounting Business Administrative Technology Computer Programming Database Specialist Management and Supervisory Development Marketing Management Networking Specialist Paralegal Studies Visual Communications Diplomas: Accounting Business Administrative Technology Computer Programming Database Specialist Management and Supervisory Development Marketing Management Networking Specialist Paralegal Studies Visual Communications Technical Certificates of Credit: Computerized Accounting Specialist Computer Hardware and Network Technician C++ Programmer Certified Customer Service Specialist CISCO Network Specialist Database Administrator General Office Assistant Human Resource Management Specialist JAVA Programmer Linux/UNIX System Administrator Microsoft Advanced Networking Microsoft Excel Application User Microsoft Office Applications Professional Microsoft Word Application Professional Office Accounting Specialist Paralegal Fundamentals Payroll Accounting Specialist PC Repair and Network Technician Small Business Marketing Manager GENERAL EDUCATION Technical Certificates of Credit: Technical Communications Economic Development Technical Certificates of Credit: Certified Warehousing and Distribution Specialist PUBLIC SERVICE TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Early Childhood Care & Education Hotel/Restaurant/ Tourism Management Diplomas: Barbering Cosmetology Culinary Arts Early Childhood Care & Education Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Technical Certificates of Credit: Assistant Food Service Purchasing Agent Barbering for Cosmetologists Culinary Nutrition Assistant Culinary Nutrition Manager Early Childhood Exceptionalities Early Childhood Program Administration Infant and Toddler Child Care Specialist Prep Cook Shampoo Technician HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES AND PUBLIC SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Fire Science Technology Health Information Technology Pharmacy Technology Physical Therapist Assistant Diplomas: Dental Assisting Dental Laboratory Technology Fire Science Technology Health Information Technology Medical Assisting Paramedic Technology Pharmacy Technology Practical Nursing Technical Certificates of Credit: Basic Dental Assisting Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Emergency Medical Technician -Intermediate Firefighter I Firefighter II Healthcare Assistant Health Information Assistant Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist Medical Billing Clerk Medical Coding Medical Language Specialist Patient Care Assisting Patient Care Technician Pharmacy Assistant Phlebotomy Technician Qualified Medication Aide INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES AND TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Procurement Supply Chain Management Diplomas: Air Conditioning Technology Automotive Collision Repair Automotive Technology Aviation Maintenance Technology Avionics Maintenance Technology Carpentry Diesel Equipment Technology Drafting Electrical Construction & Maintenance Electronics Fundamentals Electronics Technology Plumbing Supply Chain Management Welding and Joining Technology Technical Certificates of Credit: Air Conditioning Technicial Assistant Advanced Architectural Drafting Specialist Automotive Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician Automotive Body Repair Assistant Automotive Brake Technician Automotive Collision Major Repair Assistant Automotive Electrical/ Electronic Systems Technician Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning Technician Automotive Manual Drive Train & Axle Repair Technician Automotive Suspension & Steering Technician Aviation Maintenance Technician Avionics Bench Technician Basic CAD Drafter CAD Operator-Architectural Certified Construction Worker Commercial Truck Driving Construction Superintendent Residential Diesel Drivability Performance Specialist Diesel Electrical & Electronics Systems Technician Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician Framing Carpenter Heating & Air Conditioning Installation Technician Industrial Electrical Controls Technician Plumbing Service & System Specialist Residential Plumbing Supply Chain Management Specialist 12/20/10 3 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 TAKE ADVANTAGE of our affordable enrollment rates Don’t wait to experience what Atlanta Tech can offer. ENROLLMENT FEES AND METHODS OF PAYMENT FEE SCHEDULE PAYMENT OF FEES Number of Credit Hours Tuition Fee Technology Mandatory Fee Totals for Georgia Fee Student Fees Resident 1 2 $50 $100 + $35 + $35 + $47 + $47 = = $132 $182 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 to 21 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $500 $550 $600 $650 $700 $750 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $35 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 + $47 = = = = = = = = = = = = = $232 $282 $332 $382 $432 $482 $532 $582 $632 $682 $732 $782 $832 Quarterly Mandatory Student Fees Registra2on Fee $27.00 Student Ac2vity Fee* $16.00 Student Accident Insurance* $4.00 Total Mandatory Student Fees $47.00 (*Fee not accessed if ALL classes are ON‐LINE.) Tui3on and Fees may be paid by: 1. Cash, Check, or Debit/Credit card 2. Financial Aid 3. Combina'on of Financial Aid and money 4. Third Party (employers, agencies, or sponsors). Parking Decals may be purchased at the Business Oﬃce. You must provide your tag number (1 decal per form/per car). May 26, 2011 for summer quarter Summer 2011 Out‐of‐State Residents Tui2on is twice the rate of Georgia residents. Apply by May 26, 2011 Interna3onal Students Tui2on is 4 2mes the rate of Georgia residents. Orientation/Registration June 10 10, 2, and 5:30 pm Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) Program Tui2on rate is $325 per credit hour. Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) Program Tui2on rate is $71 per credit hour. Other Fees that may apply Applica2on for Admission Late Registra2on Returned Check Parking Decal (renewed annually) Replacement of Student ID Replacement of Higher One Card Academic Transcript Gradua2on Exemp2on Examina2on (per credit hour) 25% CTD Fuel Surcharge Apply by All tui'on and fees must be paid in full before you are consider registered and before you can start any classes. $20.00 $30.00 $30.00 $15.00 $5.00 $10.00 $5.00 $35.00 $158.00 Liability Insurance‐Malprac3ce Fee Charged when student begins clinical coursework. EMT/Paramedic program $43.00 All programs with the departments of: Health Technology Cosmetology / Barbering Early Child Care Educa2on Late Registration June 20 10, 2, and 5:30 pm Quarter Begins/Classes Start June 21 $11.00 Financial Aid does not pay for ALL BOOKS, LIABILITY INSURANCE, TRANSPORTATION, PARKING, TOOLS, AND SUPPLIES. NOTE: TuiHon and fees rates are subject to change at the beginning of any term by the Technical College System of Georgia. This schedule reﬂects the new fee increase eﬀec3ve Summer 2011. Instruction for Banner Web Payments 1. Visit www.atlantatech.edu and click on Banner Web. 2. Click on Enter Secure Area. 3. Read this page and enter your Student ID (9000XXXXX) and PIN click Login. 4. Click on Student & Financial Aid. 5. Click on Registration. 6. Click on Registration Fee Assessment. 7. Select a Term and Click Submit. 8. Click Pay Online. This is located at the bottom right portion of your screen. 9. Select a Term for payment. 10. Enter the balance that you are paying and Click Pay by Credit. 11. Enter your credit card information and Click Continue Credit Card Payment. 12. The next screen will serve as a receipt for this transaction. Print this page. You will receive an e-mail receipt at the address provided with your Credit Card information. 4 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Expanded Statement of Purpose Atlanta Technical College (ATC) is a comprehensive, urban, public, twoyear community and technical college serving Fulton County, south of the Chattahoochee River. College programs provide accessible, highquality post-secondary education that prepares the traditional and non-traditional student to enter the job market. The college awards associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Atlanta Technical College will seek to meet Metro Atlanta industry needs and student demands through the provision of state-of-the-art academic and career preparation, customized business and industry training, continuing education, and other learning services as outlined in the following major purposes: • To provide access and awareness to Technical Education through its contribution to the economic prosperity, quality of life, and “education culture” of Atlanta’s communities by increasing availability of credit and non-credit educational opportunities, strengthening community involvement, and raising public awareness of the benefits of technical and adult education; • To insure student success through quality support services and technical programs by providing quality programs and services that ensure Drop/Add June 21-23 Fall 2011 Semester Apply by July 21 Orientation/Registration August 12 10, 2, and 5:30 pm Late Registration August 22 10, 2, and 5:30 pm Fall Semester Begins/Classes Start August 23 Drop/Add August 23-25 Call Financial Aid Today at 404.225.4716 the satisfaction, retention, and graduation of students for viable and consistent employment with local, state, and national companies that are equally satisfied with the quality of our graduates; • To provide accountability through effective and efficient management that insures effective, adequately supported, and efficiently managed technical education, adult education, and economic development programs and services are available for all citizens of Atlanta; • To develop Atlanta Technical College’s internal workforce through the insurance of a sufficient, satisfied, and qualified ATC workforce needed to meet the demands of Atlanta citizens and businesses for quality technical education, adult literacy, and economic development programs and services; and • To develop a high quality infrastructure for extended and enhanced services through the provision of sufficient and appropriate facilities, technology and equipment throughout Atlanta Technical College and its service delivery area to extend and enhance programs and services. Grievance Procedures for Discrimination, Harassment, and Other Student Complaints Atlanta Technical College is committed to ensuring an environment for all students that is fair, humane, and respectful. Please see the student handbook for more details. COLLEGE Policies • Payment of fees to the college is accepted in cash, personal check, cashier’s check, or money order, made payable to Atlanta Technical College. VISA and MasterCard are also accepted. Fees do not include the price of textbooks, supplies, or tools which may be needed. • Fees are 100% refundable when a class is canceled by the college. • Students withdrawing from a course by the end of the third instructional day of the quarter and no shows shall receive a 100% refund of applicable tuition (hours below the 15-hour tuition cap) and applicable refundable fees, excluding the application fee. • Students who withdraw from a course after the third instructional day of the quarter shall receive no refund. • For those students receiving federal financial aid, the technical colleges shall make available Consumer Information that may be found at www.ifap.ed.gov under the appropriate aid year’s Handbook. Although there will be no refund of tuition and fees after the third instructional day, withdrawing students receiving Federal Pell Grant will have awards adjusted in compliance with the Return to Title IV process (R2T4) outlined in the Federal Student Aid Handbook. • Refunds are processed by the Business Office. • Fees are subject to change each quarter. • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis at Atlanta Technical College. Mandatory fees include a $27 registration fee and a $16 student activity fee and a $4 insurance fee. Out-of-state students’ tuition fees are calculated at twice the resident tuition fees. International students’ tuition fees are calculated at four times the resident tuition fees. In addition to tuition and mandatory fees, other fees include a non-refundable $20 application fee, a $30 late registration fee, and a $35 graduation fee. Please note that the Georgia Student Finance Commission will not cover the $35 Instructional and Technology Support Fee. Please visit Banner Web at www.atlantatech.edu to authorize the Technology Fee from your HOPE Book Voucher or visit the Business Office for assistance. If you elect not to have the fee taken from your HOPE Book Voucher and you do not qualify for PELL funds, you will be personally responsible for the payment of this fee. ATC reserves the right to cancel any class. The courses listed in Tech Talk are tentative and subject to change. Any and all information contained in Tech Talk is subject to change. Please call Admissions at 404.225.4461 or visit www.atlantatech.edu for updated information. Fee maximums are set by the Technical College System of Georgia. Refunds of Books and Supplies 1. No refunds shall be made for used supplies and equipment such as cosmetology kits, diskettes, tools, and uniforms. 2. Refunds shall be made for books that are returned in new condition and accompanied by a receipt in accordance with the college’s book refund policy. The book refund policy shall be prominently displayed in the bookstore. Global Retail Leader Gap Inc. Brings In-House Training Program to Atlanta Technical College W hen Gap Inc. was co-founded in 1969 by Doris and Don Fisher, the principle of “Do What’s Right” was at the forefront of its business model. Fast-forward 40 plus years. Gap Inc. is a global leader in the retail industry, and yes, “Do What’s Right” is still central to its mission. Nowhere is that mantra more evident than at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia. This winter, Gap Inc. launched Gap for Community Colleges, a partnership between the college and Gap Inc. as part of the White House Initiative ‘Skills for America’s Future.’ Through the program, Gap store managers provide students with the skills and knowledge to be successful and competitive in the global workforce. “We believe that by sharing Gap’s proven training curriculum, Atlanta Technical 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 in which we operate,” said Sherrica Hill, General Manager of Gap Atlanta. Through the program, students have access to the same comprehensive training curriculum given to Gap store managers. This is the first time that Gap has offered this program outside of its own organization. The Gap for Community Colleges program is designed to help students get ahead in the career of their choice. “Gap Inc. 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, they will be better prepared to join the workforce,” said Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. “This corporation is a leader in global commerce; they are respected and appreciated by consumers all over the world. Gap Inc. has a business model and commitment to a strong value-system that makes them an ideal partner for Atlanta Technical College as we strive to make our students global citizens.” Phase one of Gap for Community Colleges is delivered through a series of workshops. The sessions include modules on job search preparation, such as interview skills and resume writing; and practical workplace skills, such as managing people, setting priorities, and how to effectively communicate in the workplace. In phase two, students have the opportunity to receive on-the-job experience as they shadow Gap managers in store locations. Gap for Community Colleges is offered at community colleges in seven U.S. cities including Atlanta, Metro Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The inaugural cohort included an estimated 2000 students. These participants were eligible to receive one of sixty-five $1000 scholarships. Atlanta Technical College was notified in May 2011 that five students from the college have been selected to receive the coveted awards. Diallo Fatoumata, an accounting major; Michelle Hadida, marketing major; and management supervisory development majors Claudette Jude, Davida McConico, and Dara Randolph have won GAP for Community Colleges scholarships. Atlanta Technical College marketing students Valerie Jerome and Michelle Hadida shadow GAP Store Manager Sherrica Hill “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 and Corporate Affairs. Grainger awards scholarships to ATC students A bout two years ago, executives at Grainger, Inc. recognized a precarious shift in the skilled trades industry. Veterans of the industry were quickly approaching the age of retirement and despite the fact that unemployment rates were sky-rocketing, younger workers were not considering manufacturing and construction jobs as viable options for employment. Grainger, a company that had woven “community service” into the fabric of its corporate culture for so many years, decided to tackle the issue head-on and support local technical colleges as a means to address these workforce issues. “As a leading distributor of industrial supplies, Grainger is committed to helping stem the growing shortage of skilled workers while supporting the increasing technical demands of today’s manufacturing workplace,” said Matthew Mitchell, Manager of a Grainger facility in metro Atlanta. “We believe that the best way to address the rate of unemployment and the shortage of skilled workers is by supporting skilled trades programs such as HVAC, welding, automotive and electrical, as well as the local technical schools and community colleges that train students to enter the workforce in high-demand fields.” Samuel O. Medunoye was awarded the Grainger scholarship during an on campus ceremony on April 21 This year, two outstanding Atlanta Technical College students were selected as The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship winners. Samuel O. Medunoye, a native of Lagos, Nigeria came to Atlanta Technical College to pursue his dream of working in the aviation industry. He is studying to become a certified aviation mechanic and hopes to continue his studies in the field; one day obtaining a master degree in aerospace engineering. The second awardee, Sidney Brooks, III., is currently enrolled in the carpentry diploma program and has a 3.75 grade point average. Like Medunoye, Brooks plans to continue his education and hopes to obtain a bachelor of science in construction management. Both winners will receive tuition assistance and state-of-the-art Grainier tool kits. 5 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 e iat e You rt i su m ev ake advantage t o s s u o o f th i c t a n T a e l t c hnic ea re tA a p a m bb s lC r i e t oll r e r e eg m m d Get full credit in Â˝ the time Classes begin June 21 Summer term will last 7 weeks Current students â€“ See you advisor today Prospective students- contact the Office of Admissions at 404.225.4461 and submit all required application materials (including transcripts) by May 26 Effective July 1, 2011, GED testing will change! Please consult www.atlantatech.edu for information on the new testing options and the new fee structure. Contact Marilyn Arrington, GED Chief Examiner, at 404.225.4468 or firstname.lastname@example.org or testing dates and additional information. 6 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Constructive Conversation: R Update on the New Library and Testing Center enovation and repurposing of the old Georgia Public Broadcasting building at the east end of the Atlanta Technical College is well underway. Construction crews are busy transforming the structure into a state-of-the-art library and testing center. When the $5.45 million project is complete, Atlanta Technical College will have a 16,284 square foot facility that brings together all of the campusâ€™s library collections and services including the Law, Health Sciences, and Campus Libraries. The new Library and Testing Center will have a significant technological presence, including a newly-created multi-media room, a film and editing suite, and a computer lab. The building is designed with flexibility in mind. Students and faculty alike will benefit from the wide variety of dynamic learning environments housed within the new the structure. Amenities, such as, individual study pods and workstations, group meeting rooms, and contemporary common areas are hallmarks of the new building.Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the construction and renovation of the Library and Testing Center is scheduled for completion by the end of the fall semester. Under the direction of Mrs. Teresa Brown, Vice President of Administrative Services, the Facilities Department oversees all construction, renovation, and maintenance projects on the campus of Atlanta Technical College. 7 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 www.tcsghopeinfo.com 8 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Atlanta Technical College will adopt semester scheduling in Fall 2011, changing from the current quarter system. It’s a change we believe offers real benefits to students – from providing more instructional time to improving the ease of transferring credits. WHY THE CHANGE? The semester schedule offers many benefits. The change brings us closer to the goal of seamless education in Georgia – where students of all ages can move easily between the state’s three major educational systems – the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the University System of Georgia and the K-12 system. Additionally, the change will align the technical college calendar with more than 80 percent of American colleges and universities that now follow the semester system. Having calendar alignment and semester credit hours will make transferring to other colleges and universities easier for our students. The length of semesters will also provide more time to master course material and the opportunity to delve more deeply into course content. A semester calendar also facilitates dual and joint enrollment programs, internships and clinicals, and other forms of hands-on learning. WHAT IS THE SCHEDULING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE QUARTER AND SEMESTER SYSTEMS? The quarter system divides the academic year into four, 10-week periods. The semester system divides the year into fall and spring semesters, each 15 weeks long plus exam time. There is also a summer session with 10 weeks of instruction plus exam time. Under a semester academic calendar, fall semester will begin in late August and end in mid-December. Spring semester will begin in early January and end in May. Summer session will begin in late May and end in early August. The first summer session, starting in July 2011, will be a special five-week quarter session to launch the new semester academic calendar, which will begin in August 2011. WHAT WILL THE NEW ACADEMIC CALENDAR LOOK LIKE? HOW MANY HOURS ARE CONSIDERED A FULL-TIME COURSE LOAD UNDER THE SEMESTER SYSTEM? For enrollment verification purposes, 12 semester hours (usually four courses) is considered fulltime. For the purpose of calculating financial aid under current federal guidelines, students are classified as full-time when they are enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. A student who is enrolled in nine, 10 or 11 semester hours is considered three-fourths time, while a student load of between six and eight semester hours is considered half-time. Any student enrolled in five semester hours or less is considered less than half-time. WILL PROGRAMS COST MORE UNDER THE SEMESTER SYSTEM? The annual cost under the semester system should be roughly equivalent to the annual cost under the quarter system. Incrementally, however, the cost of one semester will be higher than that of one quarter because the tuition will now be paid three times a year (for three semesters) instead of four times a year (for four quarters). HOW DOES THE CONVERSION AFFECT FEDERAL STUDENT AID? The conversion to the semester system will cause Federal Student Aid awards (Pell, SEOG, ACG and Federal Work Study) to be awarded over two semesters instead of four quarters. Students’ awards will be divided in half for the fall and spring semesters. Remaining eligibility for the summer term will be calculated on a student-by-student basis. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information or attend one of the financial aid information sessions. Consult the campus monitor for updates on quarter to semester information sessions. Atlanta Technical College will begin using the semester system scheduling in August 2011. Fall Semester: August – December (15 weeks plus exams) Spring Semester: January – May (15 weeks plus exams) Summer Semester: May – August (10 weeks plus exams) 9 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Hutcheson Russell President Thomas Reid Boyden More than 300 business and community leaders gathered at the 755 Club on April 28 for 10th Annual Bridge Builder Awards, the collegeâ€™s annual fundraiser. Presented by the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, the event celebrates individuals who have helped to provide educational and developmental resources to underserved communities. This yearâ€™s honorees were Dennis Boyden, regional director- external affairs, AT&T; Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales, AirTran Airways; Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager, Publix Supermarkets; and Michael Russell, chief executive officer, H.J. Russell & Company. 10 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Program Spotlight e-campus: full online courses help more Georgians access an education What is e-campus? Through e-campus, a new instructional delivery system, Atlanta Technical College can now provide the same full online courses, as the private universities but at a fraction of the cost. What programs are available through e-campus? Students can now complete two-year associate degrees in paralegal studies, accounting, business administrative technology, marketing management, and management supervisory development programs, all online. How were the programs selected? Campus administrators looked for programs that were popular with students that did not include a significant lab or tool component. Is this the first time that ATC has offered online programs? For several years, Atlanta Technical College has offered hybrid or web-enhanced courses. In a hybrid class, instruction for approximately half of the course is be web-based and the remainder is delivered face-to-face in a classroom or lab setting. College administrators recognized that there was a need to provide services to a different model of non-traditional students, which is why full online programs are now offered. Busy executives and working adults who want to improve their employability can now get an education on their time without worrying how to get from work in Buckhead or Fairburn; to campus before class starts. These courses are also great options for members of our military who may need to continue their studies while deployed in another state or overseas. How will these programs help ATC reach a broader audience? Online programs can offer much greater academic flexibility for students as they try to balance their family lives and work schedules while furthering their educational opportunities. It is an ideal opportunity for students who canâ€™t attend campus classes due to work or family obligations. What kinds of resources are available to online students? Prior to taking classes, students have an opportunity to complete an online orientation that provides answers to questions regarding using the online learning management system. Once enrolled, students have access to GALILEO, which is the Georgia Library Learning Online System. This library system offers access to thousands of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles covering a broad range of subject areas as well as access to an online tutoring service called SMARTTHINKING. This service uses the Internet to connect students with professional tutors for assistance with English and math. Technological support is also available through the Collegeâ€™s computer labs and IT department. For information on e-Campus visit www.atlantatech.edu or contact the Office of Admissions at 404.225.4461. 11 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Summer is heating up as the Continuing Education Department offers new personal and professional development classes Get in on the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation Four-week ZUMBA session runs July 9 through July 30, from 10 am. – 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Cost for the full session is $55. Classes will be held at The Arts Exchange • 750 Kalb Street, S. E. • Suite 110 • Atlanta, Georgia 30312 Are you ready to acquire a new skill? The new 1-day Escort Vehicle Certification Program may be the ticket. REQUIREMENTS The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) administers a program to certify Oversize-Overweight load escort vehicle drivers as required by House Bill 1174, effective July 1, 2010. The program includes instruction in safe and effective escort skills, examination that documents course comprehension, and a system of recognizing drivers certified by this or another state. Cost for the session is $83 ($79 course fee plus $4 insurance fee) General requirements: • Student must be at least 21 years of age, or • At least 18 years of age with a Class A commercial driver’s license, or • At least 18 years of age, has been employed as an escort driver for at least one year, and is sponsored by his/her employer for entry into the certification program and completes all certification requirements prior to July 1, 2011; and • Each student must possess a valid driver’s license without restrictions other than for use of corrective lens and has a driving history without conviction of driving while impaired or reckless driving in the previous 12 months. 12 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 At the conclusion of the session, students will take the GDOT oversize-overweight escort vehicle operator certification exam. They must score at least 80 percent (80%) correct to be certified by the Department of Transportation. Contact email@example.com or 404.224.4487 to register for these classes The continuing education department also offers more than 100 online and in-person classes. Visit the continuing education section of the Atlanta Technical College website for information on course offerings www.atlantatech.edu is hitting the road with a host of new supply chain programs You can now enroll in commercial truck driving, certified warehousing and distribution management, procurement, logistics, forklift operation and more. Call now and you could be on the path to a great career in six months or less. Contact Kemith Thompson at 404.225.4521 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information. *Atlanta Tech does not guarantee employment. Timeframe of program completion depends on the program selected. 13 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Around Town Hundreds of prospective students Atlanta Technical College culinary students and staff worked together to prepare a five-course meal for the Chefs of the World fundraiser. Guests from AT&T were seated at the Atlanta attended the Atlanta Technical College Spring Open House on April 16. New programs such as Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology and Tech table and enjoyed anise pan roasted quail Supply Chain Management were with a sweet corn and chives couscous, mussel showcased throughout the day. and leeks cream soup, grilled asparagus and summer tomato salad, lemon and peach sorbet, caramelized Chilean sea bass with a champagne clam cream sauce, parsnip potato puree, sautéed buttered baby vegetables, and baked Alaska with a lemon curd and raspberry coulis. Over 400 Atlanta residents gathered at Atlanta Technical College on March 26 for the South Atlanta Film and TV Careers Workshop. Spearheaded by Councilwomen Joyce Shepard, the event brought together experts from the fields of carpentry, electrical, production, catering, location scouting, set design, cosmetology and more. Atlanta Technical College partnered with the Georgia Department of Community Health, Atlanta Metropolitan College and Atlanta Public Schools to present the Annual ATC Health Fair. The theme for this year’s one-day event was Empowering the Community for Quality Living. 14 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 Forty-plus vendors were on-site conducting health screenings and wellness seminars. ATC Students take high honors at Georgia Skills competition First Place Winners Bernita Banks (Diawara) and LaShanta Sanders Community Service JoAn Daniel-Dyer American Spirit Violet EsteppeHenderson First Aid/CPR Rachel Young Extemporaneous Speaking Second Place Winner Abdulhamid Ibnislam Plumbing Third Place Winners Christipher Jackson Related Technical Math Claudette Jude Job Interview Bernita Banks won her re-election bid to Skills state office 2011 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Shameka Lockhart Fashion Merchandising & Marketing 3rd Place Lawanda Davis Web Design 3rd Place Shelia Davis Annette Flynn James Taylor Culinary Management Institute 3rd Place, plus $250 check for team members. Carol Blue Travel & Tourism Certificate of Excellence Zakiyah Ballard Bobby Lucas Financial Statement Analysis Certificate of Excellence Carol Blue The Passport Program Gold Diamond Award — The highest individual Community Service Award Certificate State Leadership Award Bobby Lucas The Passport Program Gold Diamond Award—The highest individual Community Service Award Certificate Sidney Peterson Human Resource Management Certificate of Excellence 15 SUMMER QUARTER 2011 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW • Atlanta, Georgia 30310 You are educated. Your certiﬁcation is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. ~Tom Brokaw r Join us for the 2011 Atlanta Technical College Commencement Ceremony Saturday, June 25, 2011 • 11am Atlanta Civic Center 395 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia Go Forth and Change the World!