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access A Newsletter for Friends of Albany Technical College • Winter 2013

Presidential Perspective pg. 3 Staff & Students’ Achievements pgs. 4-5 Center for Business Solutions pg. 8

Albany Tech’s Radiologic Technology Program: Accessible. Affordable. Accredited. pg. 6

Engineering Capstone Projects pg. 9 Faces & Places pgs. 10-11

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Albany Technical College Senior Administration Dr. Anthony O. Parker Shirley Armstrong

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Executive VP

Kathy Skates

Vice President of Administrative Services

Lisandra DeJesus

Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Matt Trice

Vicki Tucker

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Linda Coston

Associate Vice President of Adult Education

Joe Najjar

Special Assistant to the President

Wendy Howell

Director of Public Relations & Information

Board of Directors Baker Co. Representative:

Kent Sanders

Clay Co. Representative:

Dougherty Co. Representatives:

Early Co. Representative:

Carl Childs, Jr.

Virginia Parker, Chair Col. Stephen Mederios Joe Austin Ben Barrow James Taylor Betty White Calhoun Co. Representative:

Robert Chester

Lee Co. Representative:

Jay Smith

Randolph Co. Representative:

Kuanita Murphy

Terrell Co. Representative:

Rhonda Gordon

Neil Lowe

Foundation Trustees Joe James

Celinda Dennison

Cathi Jones

C.W. Grant

Suzanna MacIntosh

Lem Griffin

Emerson Electrical

SB&T Bank

Procter & Gamble

Retired

Community Volunteer

Flint River Services

Kirt Phillips

Alfredia Hampton

Merrill Lynch

SunTrust Bank

Glenn Singfield

Ronnie Hinson

Artesian Contracting

MetroPower

Katrina Baranko

Jim Wilcox

Merle Norman Cosmetics

WALB-Channel 10

Mike Clark

Cynthia Young

Interstate

Dr. Willie Adams Retired

Bank of America

Jeanette McDowell

Phoebe Putney Hospital

Nathaniel Williams

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Presidential Perspective What is the Albany Technical College brand? What does it mean to be a Titan? For two of the past three years, Albany Tech has been acknowledged by the Technical College System of Georgia as one of the best technical colleges in Georgia. ATC President Anthony Parker talks about why.

New & Newsworthy

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Vice President of Economic Development

Winter 2013

President

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Albany Tech welcomes new Financial Aid Director Kenneth Wilson on board; congratulates Angela Davis as its 2012 Employee-ofthe-Year; and pats itself on the back for earning a spot as the Technical College System of Georgia’s three finalists for Technical College of the Year award.

Radiologic Program Best in Region Albany Tech’s Radiologic Technology Program offers local clinical sites, is $500 less than other area rad tech programs and is JRCERT accredited — making it Accessible, Affordable and Accredited!

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Center for Business Solutions = Real Results

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Whether it is workforce skills, technical skills or professional development, ATC’s new Center for Business Solutions can design, develop and deliver training solutions to specifically meet the needs of an area business and within the company’s timeframe.

Engineering Capstone Projects Excel Four Telecommunications Engineering students and one Civil Engineering student excel at their final semester capstone projects — proving they have what it takes to succeed in the workplace!

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Dougherty County Campus (229) 430-3500 Randolph County Learning Center (229) 732-5280 Access is a quarterly newsletter published by the Public Relations and Information Office at Albany Technical College. Direct inquiries to Wendy Howell at (229) 430-3816 or whowell@albanytech.edu. ATC 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). Inquiries should be addressed to the VP of Administration, ATC, (229) 430-3524.

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perspective What is the Albany Technical College brand? What does it mean to be a Titan? For two of the past three years, Albany Tech has been acknowledged by the Technical College System of Georgia as one of the best technical colleges in Georgia. Along with Atlanta Technical College and Athens Technical College, we were recognized for the accomplishments of our students and our faculty on behalf of our community. The Albany Technical College brand is helpful. Our students have persevered in many cases against very large odds. Over 70 percent of our students are defined as economically disadvantaged. However, they do not show a deficit in spirit and tenacity. The typical Albany Tech student has over a 70 percent chance of graduating. Albany Tech’s graduation and retention rate is significantly above the system average. More importantly, over 95 percent of our graduates are employed in their field of study or in a related field. The Albany Tech brand is effective. Each member of our faculty has not only committed to delivering quality instruction, but continuing to always offer the best advisement to our students. Each student begins with the end in mind. Students begin work on their employment portfolio during their first semester. Each student has an advisement and tracking sheet that insures that they are exposed to their entire curriculum in the minimum time needed to graduate. The faculty is required to both teach and to evaluate work ethics in each class. We encourage employers to use work ethics grades in determining which candidates are better potential employees. Employers receive a warranty on each Albany Tech graduate that they hire. If a student cannot perform as promised, the college will re-educate the graduates in their area of deficiency at our cost. The staff at Albany Tech understands that they have a duty to support instruction and student learning. The staff also understands that the essential ingredients for a successful college are students who want to learn and faculty who are willing to facilitate learning. Everyone not directly involved in teaching and learning provides support. The Albany Technical College brand is efficient. Although we graduate more students than our peers, we do so a much lower cost. The college’s funding per FTE is the lowest in the Southwest Georgia region, lowest among our peers and lowest in the Technical College System of Georgia. Simply put, we produce highly qualified graduates with less revenue. The Albany Technical College brand is caring, effective and efficient. The brand facilitates learning in the best environment that the college can afford to provide. The brand retains, graduates and places students at a rate above both the state and national average. The brand recruits and retains a diverse and qualified faculty and staff. The Albany Technical College brand encourages excellence. I am proud to be associated with Dr. Anthony Parker, students, faculty and staff ATC President who strive to be the best.

American Proteins Donates Scholarship

Norman Barber, human resources and safety manager for American Proteins Inc., presented ATC President Dr. Anthony Parker with a check for $6,500 for the Foundation’s scholarship funds on Nov. 28 in the president’s office in the Kirkland Administration Building. Forsyth County business and civic leader Tommy Bagwell and his wife, Chantal, established the $500,000 Bagwell Family Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges near their family business locations.

Georgia Power Awards Grant to ATC

Georgia Power awarded the Albany Tech Foundation a $5,000 grant from its Foundation. A check was presented to Albany Tech by local Georgia Power representative, Jay Smith, on Jan. 10. The Georgia Power grant will assist students enrolled in one of the Engineering Technology (ET) programs offered at Albany Tech. Currently, there are three ET programs offered including Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology. All three lead to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

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Albany Technical College Senior Administration Dr. Anthony O. Parker Shirley Armstrong

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Executive VP

Kathy Skates

Vice President of Administrative Services

Lisandra DeJesus

Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Matt Trice

Vicki Tucker

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Linda Coston

Associate Vice President of Adult Education

Joe Najjar

Special Assistant to the President

Wendy Howell

Director of Public Relations & Information

Board of Directors Baker Co. Representative:

Kent Sanders

Clay Co. Representative:

Dougherty Co. Representatives:

Early Co. Representative:

Carl Childs, Jr.

Virginia Parker, Chair Col. Stephen Mederios Joe Austin Ben Barrow James Taylor Betty White Calhoun Co. Representative:

Robert Chester

Lee Co. Representative:

Jay Smith

Randolph Co. Representative:

Kuanita Murphy

Terrell Co. Representative:

Rhonda Gordon

Neil Lowe

Foundation Trustees Joe James

Celinda Dennison

Cathi Jones

C.W. Grant

Suzanna MacIntosh

Lem Griffin

Emerson Electrical

SB&T Bank

Procter & Gamble

Retired

Community Volunteer

Flint River Services

Kirt Phillips

Alfredia Hampton

Merrill Lynch

SunTrust Bank

Glenn Singfield

Ronnie Hinson

Artesian Contracting

MetroPower

Katrina Baranko

Jim Wilcox

Merle Norman Cosmetics

WALB-Channel 10

Mike Clark

Cynthia Young

Interstate

Dr. Willie Adams Retired

Bank of America

Jeanette McDowell

Phoebe Putney Hospital

Nathaniel Williams

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Sam’s Club

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Presidential Perspective What is the Albany Technical College brand? What does it mean to be a Titan? For two of the past three years, Albany Tech has been acknowledged by the Technical College System of Georgia as one of the best technical colleges in Georgia. ATC President Anthony Parker talks about why.

New & Newsworthy

contents

Vice President of Economic Development

Winter 2013

President

4

Albany Tech welcomes new Financial Aid Director Kenneth Wilson on board; congratulates Angela Davis as its 2012 Employee-ofthe-Year; and pats itself on the back for earning a spot as the Technical College System of Georgia’s three finalists for Technical College of the Year award.

Radiologic Program Best in Region Albany Tech’s Radiologic Technology Program offers local clinical sites, is $500 less than other area rad tech programs and is JRCERT accredited — making it Accessible, Affordable and Accredited!

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Center for Business Solutions = Real Results

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Whether it is workforce skills, technical skills or professional development, ATC’s new Center for Business Solutions can design, develop and deliver training solutions to specifically meet the needs of an area business and within the company’s timeframe.

Engineering Capstone Projects Excel Four Telecommunications Engineering students and one Civil Engineering student excel at their final semester capstone projects — proving they have what it takes to succeed in the workplace!

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Dougherty County Campus (229) 430-3500 Randolph County Learning Center (229) 732-5280 Access is a quarterly newsletter published by the Public Relations and Information Office at Albany Technical College. Direct inquiries to Wendy Howell at (229) 430-3816 or whowell@albanytech.edu. ATC 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). Inquiries should be addressed to the VP of Administration, ATC, (229) 430-3524.

Presidential

perspective What is the Albany Technical College brand? What does it mean to be a Titan? For two of the past three years, Albany Tech has been acknowledged by the Technical College System of Georgia as one of the best technical colleges in Georgia. Along with Atlanta Technical College and Athens Technical College, we were recognized for the accomplishments of our students and our faculty on behalf of our community. The Albany Technical College brand is helpful. Our students have persevered in many cases against very large odds. Over 70 percent of our students are defined as economically disadvantaged. However, they do not show a deficit in spirit and tenacity. The typical Albany Tech student has over a 70 percent chance of graduating. Albany Tech’s graduation and retention rate is significantly above the system average. More importantly, over 95 percent of our graduates are employed in their field of study or in a related field. The Albany Tech brand is effective. Each member of our faculty has not only committed to delivering quality instruction, but continuing to always offer the best advisement to our students. Each student begins with the end in mind. Students begin work on their employment portfolio during their first semester. Each student has an advisement and tracking sheet that insures that they are exposed to their entire curriculum in the minimum time needed to graduate. The faculty is required to both teach and to evaluate work ethics in each class. We encourage employers to use work ethics grades in determining which candidates are better potential employees. Employers receive a warranty on each Albany Tech graduate that they hire. If a student cannot perform as promised, the college will re-educate the graduates in their area of deficiency at our cost. The staff at Albany Tech understands that they have a duty to support instruction and student learning. The staff also understands that the essential ingredients for a successful college are students who want to learn and faculty who are willing to facilitate learning. Everyone not directly involved in teaching and learning provides support. The Albany Technical College brand is efficient. Although we graduate more students than our peers, we do so a much lower cost. The college’s funding per FTE is the lowest in the Southwest Georgia region, lowest among our peers and lowest in the Technical College System of Georgia. Simply put, we produce highly qualified graduates with less revenue. The Albany Technical College brand is caring, effective and efficient. The brand facilitates learning in the best environment that the college can afford to provide. The brand retains, graduates and places students at a rate above both the state and national average. The brand recruits and retains a diverse and qualified faculty and staff. The Albany Technical College brand encourages excellence. I am proud to be associated with Dr. Anthony Parker, students, faculty and staff ATC President who strive to be the best.

American Proteins Donates Scholarship

Norman Barber, human resources and safety manager for American Proteins Inc., presented ATC President Dr. Anthony Parker with a check for $6,500 for the Foundation’s scholarship funds on Nov. 28 in the president’s office in the Kirkland Administration Building. Forsyth County business and civic leader Tommy Bagwell and his wife, Chantal, established the $500,000 Bagwell Family Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges near their family business locations.

Georgia Power Awards Grant to ATC

Georgia Power awarded the Albany Tech Foundation a $5,000 grant from its Foundation. A check was presented to Albany Tech by local Georgia Power representative, Jay Smith, on Jan. 10. The Georgia Power grant will assist students enrolled in one of the Engineering Technology (ET) programs offered at Albany Tech. Currently, there are three ET programs offered including Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology. All three lead to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

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New & Newsworthy... Wilson Returns as Financial Aid Director

Mr. Kenneth Wilson came on board with Albany Tech as director of Financial Aid on Jan. 2. Having worked in the financial aid arena for 17 years, Wilson is no stranger to Albany Tech. He served in the position at Albany Tech from April 2001 to August 2006. Most recently he was the director of student financial aid and scholarships at Elizabeth City State University in the University of North Carolina system. Wilson holds two bachelor’s degrees (computer science technology and mathematics) from Savannah State College. He also completed graduate level coursework in public administration at Savannah State University. While employed with Elizabeth City State University, Wilson implemented and

...Staff & Student Success

managed Ellucian’s Banner Student Financial Aid module. In addition, he conducted ongoing statistical reviews and reconciliation of all financial aid programs, while managing $40 million in federal, state and institutional funds. Prior to his position with Elizabeth City State University, Wilson served as the systems analyst in the Enrollment Management office at Savannah State University. “My goals for the financial aid department at Albany Tech are to speed up the processing of student loans, reduce the default rate and simplify the verification process,” said Wilson. “This should allow staff to be more focused on counseling students and spend less time on processing paper.”

Two ATC Grads Build Butterfly Gardens Below, left-right: Thomas Bruce, Cecil Fordham and horticulture instructor George Paul

Davis Named 2012 Employee of the Year ATC named Angela Davis, grants coordinator/ compliance officer its 2012 Employee-of-theYear. A native of Tacoma, Wash., Davis has been employed with Albany Tech for a little over two years. In her position, Davis has worked to identify grant funding and to write grant proposals for college programs and services. So far, Davis has been successful in securing more than $5 million in grants for ATC. Davis originally moved to the Albany area to work as a finance specialist for the City of Albany’s Community Development Department. Davis then took her skills and experience to Americus where she accepted a position as

assistant community development director. A short three years later, Davis was promoted to director of Community and Economic Development, where she was responsible for the management of various departments (transit, GIS, downtown development and cemeteries). “I am greatly honored to be chosen as Albany Tech’s 2012 Employee of the Year,” said Davis. “It is a privilege and honor to be chosen and I am truly grateful. Words cannot express the gratitude I have that someone thought so highly of me to nominate me. I am truly blessed.” Davis received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Alabama State University.

ATC College of the Year Finalist

(l-r): Ron Jackson, TCSG Commissioner, Lynn Cornett, TCSG Board Chair, Dr. Sandra Reed, TCSG board member and Dr. Anthony Parker, ATC President

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The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) recognized Albany Tech as one of three finalists for the 2012 Perdue Award for Technical College of the Year. Atlanta Technical College was the board’s choice for the top award, and Athens Technical College was the other runner-up for the award. Dr. Anthony Parker accepted a resolution from TCSG Board Chair Lynn Cornett honoring the college’s

record of achievement during the past year. Each year, the TCSG State Board evaluates the system’s 25 technical colleges based on almost two dozen performance categories, including enrollment in technical and adult education programs, student retention and graduation rates, licensure pass rates, national awards, and administrative efficiencies. The award is named for past Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Cecil Fordham retired from Delphi and went to work at Cooper Tire. When Cooper closed, the company paid for retraining for its employees. That’s when Fordham decided to pursue a hobby: horticulture. Fordham graduated from Albany Tech’s Environmental Horticulture program in January 2011 — the same day his son graduated from ATC in Automotive Collision Repair and, more importantly, his grandson was born. In spring 2012, the Master Gardeners of Albany approached Thomas Bruce, Fordham’s supervisor at Dougherty County Public Works’ Parks Department, and asked if Bruce and his crew would consider installing a Monarch Butterfly Garden at the Radium Springs park. Bruce is a graduate of ATC’s horticulture program also. Bruce agreed, bringing Fordham into the project, and a dedication ceremony was held in June. The gardens have traditional butterfly bushes, as well as milkweed (the Monarchs’ main feed staple), rosemary, black-eyed Susans and zinnias, among other flowers the winged wonders enjoy. While the Monarchs are beautiful, Fordham says the gardens attract a lot of other types of butterflies too.

Rucks Says ATC-to-ASU Works! Terry Rucks knows a good thing when he hears about it. That’s why upon his graduation from Albany Tech in 2010 with an associate of applied science degree in Business Administrative Technology, he took advantage of the articulation agreement between the two schools and matriculated at Albany State University where he completed his bachelor of science degree in December.

Rucks’ goal is to work in business administration, especially as it pertains to accounting, financial management and entrepreneurship. He was very active in clubs on both campuses; while at Albany Tech he received honors for membership in Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda. In 2009, Rucks was an honorary recipient of the Georgia Fiscal Management Council Scholarship. In 2011, he received $5,000 from the Dr. Jerome E. Bartow Scholarship of the National Urban League.

Mr. & Ms. ATC... Nena Simpson was crowned Ms. Albany Tech on Nov. 10 at ATC’s Homecoming. Nena is a Law Enforcement Tech major and also works in ATC’s Academic Achievement Center. At the same ceremony, Tony Fears was named Mr. Albany Tech. He is a Law Enforcement Tech major.

Mr. is Now Mayor Wright Mr. Christopher Wright, a recent Business Administrative Technology graduate, elected mayor of the City of Dawson in November. Wright was a 2012 GOAL student nominee. Wright is one more example of how Albany Tech’s students go on to do stellar things in the community and in business. Congratulations Mayor Wright!

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New & Newsworthy... Wilson Returns as Financial Aid Director

Mr. Kenneth Wilson came on board with Albany Tech as director of Financial Aid on Jan. 2. Having worked in the financial aid arena for 17 years, Wilson is no stranger to Albany Tech. He served in the position at Albany Tech from April 2001 to August 2006. Most recently he was the director of student financial aid and scholarships at Elizabeth City State University in the University of North Carolina system. Wilson holds two bachelor’s degrees (computer science technology and mathematics) from Savannah State College. He also completed graduate level coursework in public administration at Savannah State University. While employed with Elizabeth City State University, Wilson implemented and

...Staff & Student Success

managed Ellucian’s Banner Student Financial Aid module. In addition, he conducted ongoing statistical reviews and reconciliation of all financial aid programs, while managing $40 million in federal, state and institutional funds. Prior to his position with Elizabeth City State University, Wilson served as the systems analyst in the Enrollment Management office at Savannah State University. “My goals for the financial aid department at Albany Tech are to speed up the processing of student loans, reduce the default rate and simplify the verification process,” said Wilson. “This should allow staff to be more focused on counseling students and spend less time on processing paper.”

Two ATC Grads Build Butterfly Gardens Below, left-right: Thomas Bruce, Cecil Fordham and horticulture instructor George Paul

Davis Named 2012 Employee of the Year ATC named Angela Davis, grants coordinator/ compliance officer its 2012 Employee-of-theYear. A native of Tacoma, Wash., Davis has been employed with Albany Tech for a little over two years. In her position, Davis has worked to identify grant funding and to write grant proposals for college programs and services. So far, Davis has been successful in securing more than $5 million in grants for ATC. Davis originally moved to the Albany area to work as a finance specialist for the City of Albany’s Community Development Department. Davis then took her skills and experience to Americus where she accepted a position as

assistant community development director. A short three years later, Davis was promoted to director of Community and Economic Development, where she was responsible for the management of various departments (transit, GIS, downtown development and cemeteries). “I am greatly honored to be chosen as Albany Tech’s 2012 Employee of the Year,” said Davis. “It is a privilege and honor to be chosen and I am truly grateful. Words cannot express the gratitude I have that someone thought so highly of me to nominate me. I am truly blessed.” Davis received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Alabama State University.

ATC College of the Year Finalist

(l-r): Ron Jackson, TCSG Commissioner, Lynn Cornett, TCSG Board Chair, Dr. Sandra Reed, TCSG board member and Dr. Anthony Parker, ATC President

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The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) recognized Albany Tech as one of three finalists for the 2012 Perdue Award for Technical College of the Year. Atlanta Technical College was the board’s choice for the top award, and Athens Technical College was the other runner-up for the award. Dr. Anthony Parker accepted a resolution from TCSG Board Chair Lynn Cornett honoring the college’s

record of achievement during the past year. Each year, the TCSG State Board evaluates the system’s 25 technical colleges based on almost two dozen performance categories, including enrollment in technical and adult education programs, student retention and graduation rates, licensure pass rates, national awards, and administrative efficiencies. The award is named for past Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Cecil Fordham retired from Delphi and went to work at Cooper Tire. When Cooper closed, the company paid for retraining for its employees. That’s when Fordham decided to pursue a hobby: horticulture. Fordham graduated from Albany Tech’s Environmental Horticulture program in January 2011 — the same day his son graduated from ATC in Automotive Collision Repair and, more importantly, his grandson was born. In spring 2012, the Master Gardeners of Albany approached Thomas Bruce, Fordham’s supervisor at Dougherty County Public Works’ Parks Department, and asked if Bruce and his crew would consider installing a Monarch Butterfly Garden at the Radium Springs park. Bruce is a graduate of ATC’s horticulture program also. Bruce agreed, bringing Fordham into the project, and a dedication ceremony was held in June. The gardens have traditional butterfly bushes, as well as milkweed (the Monarchs’ main feed staple), rosemary, black-eyed Susans and zinnias, among other flowers the winged wonders enjoy. While the Monarchs are beautiful, Fordham says the gardens attract a lot of other types of butterflies too.

Rucks Says ATC-to-ASU Works! Terry Rucks knows a good thing when he hears about it. That’s why upon his graduation from Albany Tech in 2010 with an associate of applied science degree in Business Administrative Technology, he took advantage of the articulation agreement between the two schools and matriculated at Albany State University where he completed his bachelor of science degree in December.

Rucks’ goal is to work in business administration, especially as it pertains to accounting, financial management and entrepreneurship. He was very active in clubs on both campuses; while at Albany Tech he received honors for membership in Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda. In 2009, Rucks was an honorary recipient of the Georgia Fiscal Management Council Scholarship. In 2011, he received $5,000 from the Dr. Jerome E. Bartow Scholarship of the National Urban League.

Mr. & Ms. ATC... Nena Simpson was crowned Ms. Albany Tech on Nov. 10 at ATC’s Homecoming. Nena is a Law Enforcement Tech major and also works in ATC’s Academic Achievement Center. At the same ceremony, Tony Fears was named Mr. Albany Tech. He is a Law Enforcement Tech major.

Mr. is Now Mayor Wright Mr. Christopher Wright, a recent Business Administrative Technology graduate, elected mayor of the City of Dawson in November. Wright was a 2012 GOAL student nominee. Wright is one more example of how Albany Tech’s students go on to do stellar things in the community and in business. Congratulations Mayor Wright!

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Albany Tech’s Center for Business Solutions

Promises Real Solutions & Real Results

Albany Technical College has officially The Business Logistics program through launched its new Center for Business CBS has been called one of the best Solutions (CBS), which will serve as logistics educational online programs in an extension of the College’s Economic this region. The program’s goal is to teach Development division to provide up-and-coming leaders the business of expanded business solutions for area logistics, which is more important than employers. ever in ensuring our goods and services Dedicated to improving workplaces are delivered at the right time, place and around all of Southwest Georgia, CBS will costs in the global marketplace. focus heavily on providing customized Lean Six Sigma offers both green and business training and continuing black belt certifications through CBS’s education, as well as provide outlets on the partnership with The Quality Group in college campus for venues and services to Atlanta. This program is designed to clients. Whether it is workforce skills, technical skills or professional development, the CBS can design, develop and deliver training solutions to specifically meet the needs of an area business and within the company’s timeframe. Solutions are always customized to company-prescribed guidelines and delivered how, when and FOR where IMMEDIATE RELEASE to each business. it is convenient November 5, 2012 “At our new Center for Business Solutions, we areMedia dedicated to providing equip individuals with the methodologies Albany Technical College Contact: Wendy Howell, Director of Public Relations & Information solutions to improve your business and tools that will enable them to make, 229.430.3816 or 229.296.2570 operations and impact your bottom line,” at times, dramatic improvements to whowell@albanytech.edu said Matt Trice, ATC vice president, processes that can reduce waste, improve Center for Business Solutions. With the effectiveness and raise profitability. And, existing program offerings at Albany Tech, in comparison to other institutions offering including Business Logistics, Lean Six Lean Six Sigma, Albany Tech’s program Albany   Technical   College  (below) Launches  remains Center   Business   Sigma, Operations Management thefor   lowest priced inSolutions   the state and and the upcoming Project Management is HOPE Grant eligible. Albany Technical College has officially launched its new Center for Business Solutions (CBS), which will Program, the Center for Business Project Management is an additional serve as an extension of the College’s Economic Development division to provide expanded business solutions Solutions provides comprehensive program offered by CBS this year. This for area employers. workforce training solutions and program consists of a blended format Dedicated to improving workplaces around all of Southwestutilizing Georgia, CBS willcomponents, focus heavily as on providing professional development for area online well as incustomized business and continuing education, as well as lab provide outlets on the college campus for employers andtraining their employees. class experiences. Major subject

areas include Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing the project. This conforms to the educational requirements of the Project Management Institute for sitting for the PMP® certification exam. Those in the current workforce can continue their education through CBS classes such as Entrepreneurship, CPR Certification, Forklift Training and several computer classes. Additional opportunities through continuing education include Vehicle Escort Certification, Driver’s Education Courses and Commercial Truck Driving (CDL). Through CBS’s new Pearson VUE Testing Center, individuals can test for licensure, certification and assessment programs from around the world, including the I/T Exam and General Education Development (GED®) test. Event planning and catering services are also offered through CBS. Facilities such as Albany Tech’s Kirkland Conference Center, Logistics Auditorium, Executive Boardroom, computer labs and classroom space are available for rental by area employers and businesses. A new catering service — Titans Culinary Cuisine — will be launched soon to provide the finest quality food and service to those businesses needing catering for events both on and off campus at Albany Tech. For more information about CBS, visit http://cbs.albanytech.edu. Or call (229) 430-3563, or email cbs@albanytech.edu.

Whether it is workforce skills, technical skills or professional development, the Center for Business Solutions at Albany Tech can design, develop and deliver training solutions to specifically meet the needs of any area Operations Management Program Added businesses and within each company’s time frame. Solutions are always customized to company-prescribed guidelines and delivered how, when, and where it is convenient to each business.

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With the existing program offerings at Albany Tech, including Business Logistics, Lean Six Sigma, Operations function in entry-level supervisory positions to plan, scope of an organization and all of the facets that go Management, and the upcoming Project Management Program, the Center for Business Solutions provides direct or coordinate the operations of public or for area employers into producing comprehensive workforce training solutions and professional development and their a product or service and delivering that to their customers. employees. private sector organizations. This program merges The Business Logistics program through CBS has been called one of the best logistics educational online roles with the interpersonal skills needed to lead and a 36-hour seminar that will complete the educational programs in this region. The program’s goal is to teach the next leaders the business of logistics, which is more motivate individuals. requirements leading to the Project Management important than ever in ensuring our goods and services are delivered at the right time, place and costs in the Individuals earning the associate degree Professional (PMP®) certification. This will be done global marketplace.

in Operations Management will complete the educational requirements for the Certified Associate

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on a quarterly basis and participants will receive 3.6 CEUs for successful completion.

Graduates of Engineering Programs Excel in Their Capstone Projects... Graduating in December were (at right) Walt Tompkins in civil engineering, and (below, top to bottom) Maurice Davis, with instructor Kaven Williams, Calogero Magaddino, Nakesha Sewell and Nathaniel Scott in telecommunications engineering. Civil Engineering Technology instructor Kevin White says the capstone project says “you’re ready to produce.” “These are real-world projects to show that these are work-ready programs at Albany Tech,” White says. “The community has needs, and we intend to help with those using these projects.” Students in their final semester before graduation put their knowledge and skills together to produce a hands-on project that demonstrates they are ready for the workforce. White facilitated that process when he met with student Walt Tompkins’ employer, EMC Engineering Services of Leesburg, and worked out a capstone project for Chehaw Park. Tompkins produced a much-needed bike trail map for the park. This required using a GPS to survey the 7.8-mile course, collecting the data and using drafting software to create a map. He is now working with Google Earth to have the trails show on the Web. A cyclist will be able to upload this data to a handheld GPS before starting off on the adventure. Of course, hardcopy maps are also available at the Park. And a large map is posted at the trailhead. The Civil Engineering Technology program at Albany Tech offers an associate of applied science degree. White says jobs in this field are available in a wide range of settings, both private and public. Jobs are found in businesses and governments that deal with designing, maintaining or managing infrastructure, transportation, construction, erosion control and flood control. Many associate degree graduates of this program transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at another college such as Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., through an articulation agreement between the two colleges. Tompkins plans to do this, taking classes on the Albany Tech campus. Telecommunications engineering technology is another lucrative offering at Albany Tech. “The premise of the Telecommunications Engineering Technology program” says instructor Kaven Williams, “is convergence, merging of multiple telecommunications technologies unto a single platform, merging voice (VOIP) and video services unto a data networking.” Williams says the advantages in this technology is efficiency and costs reduction of administration and service deployment. It enables better manageability of the communications network, and offers the ability to easily monitor and expand service offerings. Four final-semester students in the Telecommunications Engineering Technology associate degree program built a complex network system, taking a traditional computer network and integrating voice and video. Think Skype. The students — Maurice Davis, Calogero Magaddino, Nakesha Sewell and Nathaniel Scott — designed and built the network on a CISCO platform. Williams says the advantages in this technology is it allows for minimal communications cost, enables better manageability of the communications platform and offers the ability to monitor and expand data. “It’s like networking on steroids,” says Williams. The Telecommunications Engineering Technology program at Albany Tech offers a diploma and an associate of applied science degree. Many telecommunications engineering graduates go on for a bachelor’s degree, often at Southern Polytechnic State University, due to the articulation agreement between the two colleges.

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Albany Tech’s Center for Business Solutions

Promises Real Solutions & Real Results

Albany Technical College has officially The Business Logistics program through launched its new Center for Business CBS has been called one of the best Solutions (CBS), which will serve as logistics educational online programs in an extension of the College’s Economic this region. The program’s goal is to teach Development division to provide up-and-coming leaders the business of expanded business solutions for area logistics, which is more important than employers. ever in ensuring our goods and services Dedicated to improving workplaces are delivered at the right time, place and around all of Southwest Georgia, CBS will costs in the global marketplace. focus heavily on providing customized Lean Six Sigma offers both green and business training and continuing black belt certifications through CBS’s education, as well as provide outlets on the partnership with The Quality Group in college campus for venues and services to Atlanta. This program is designed to clients. Whether it is workforce skills, technical skills or professional development, the CBS can design, develop and deliver training solutions to specifically meet the needs of an area business and within the company’s timeframe. Solutions are always customized to company-prescribed guidelines and delivered how, when and FOR where IMMEDIATE RELEASE to each business. it is convenient November 5, 2012 “At our new Center for Business Solutions, we areMedia dedicated to providing equip individuals with the methodologies Albany Technical College Contact: Wendy Howell, Director of Public Relations & Information solutions to improve your business and tools that will enable them to make, 229.430.3816 or 229.296.2570 operations and impact your bottom line,” at times, dramatic improvements to whowell@albanytech.edu said Matt Trice, ATC vice president, processes that can reduce waste, improve Center for Business Solutions. With the effectiveness and raise profitability. And, existing program offerings at Albany Tech, in comparison to other institutions offering including Business Logistics, Lean Six Lean Six Sigma, Albany Tech’s program Albany   Technical   College  (below) Launches  remains Center   Business   Sigma, Operations Management thefor   lowest priced inSolutions   the state and and the upcoming Project Management is HOPE Grant eligible. Albany Technical College has officially launched its new Center for Business Solutions (CBS), which will Program, the Center for Business Project Management is an additional serve as an extension of the College’s Economic Development division to provide expanded business solutions Solutions provides comprehensive program offered by CBS this year. This for area employers. workforce training solutions and program consists of a blended format Dedicated to improving workplaces around all of Southwestutilizing Georgia, CBS willcomponents, focus heavily as on providing professional development for area online well as incustomized business and continuing education, as well as lab provide outlets on the college campus for employers andtraining their employees. class experiences. Major subject

areas include Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing the project. This conforms to the educational requirements of the Project Management Institute for sitting for the PMP® certification exam. Those in the current workforce can continue their education through CBS classes such as Entrepreneurship, CPR Certification, Forklift Training and several computer classes. Additional opportunities through continuing education include Vehicle Escort Certification, Driver’s Education Courses and Commercial Truck Driving (CDL). Through CBS’s new Pearson VUE Testing Center, individuals can test for licensure, certification and assessment programs from around the world, including the I/T Exam and General Education Development (GED®) test. Event planning and catering services are also offered through CBS. Facilities such as Albany Tech’s Kirkland Conference Center, Logistics Auditorium, Executive Boardroom, computer labs and classroom space are available for rental by area employers and businesses. A new catering service — Titans Culinary Cuisine — will be launched soon to provide the finest quality food and service to those businesses needing catering for events both on and off campus at Albany Tech. For more information about CBS, visit http://cbs.albanytech.edu. Or call (229) 430-3563, or email cbs@albanytech.edu.

Whether it is workforce skills, technical skills or professional development, the Center for Business Solutions at Albany Tech can design, develop and deliver training solutions to specifically meet the needs of any area Operations Management Program Added businesses and within each company’s time frame. Solutions are always customized to company-prescribed guidelines and delivered how, when, and where it is convenient to each business.

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With the existing program offerings at Albany Tech, including Business Logistics, Lean Six Sigma, Operations function in entry-level supervisory positions to plan, scope of an organization and all of the facets that go Management, and the upcoming Project Management Program, the Center for Business Solutions provides direct or coordinate the operations of public or for area employers into producing comprehensive workforce training solutions and professional development and their a product or service and delivering that to their customers. employees. private sector organizations. This program merges The Business Logistics program through CBS has been called one of the best logistics educational online roles with the interpersonal skills needed to lead and a 36-hour seminar that will complete the educational programs in this region. The program’s goal is to teach the next leaders the business of logistics, which is more motivate individuals. requirements leading to the Project Management important than ever in ensuring our goods and services are delivered at the right time, place and costs in the Individuals earning the associate degree Professional (PMP®) certification. This will be done global marketplace.

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on a quarterly basis and participants will receive 3.6 CEUs for successful completion.

Graduates of Engineering Programs Excel in Their Capstone Projects... Graduating in December were (at right) Walt Tompkins in civil engineering, and (below, top to bottom) Maurice Davis, with instructor Kaven Williams, Calogero Magaddino, Nakesha Sewell and Nathaniel Scott in telecommunications engineering. Civil Engineering Technology instructor Kevin White says the capstone project says “you’re ready to produce.” “These are real-world projects to show that these are work-ready programs at Albany Tech,” White says. “The community has needs, and we intend to help with those using these projects.” Students in their final semester before graduation put their knowledge and skills together to produce a hands-on project that demonstrates they are ready for the workforce. White facilitated that process when he met with student Walt Tompkins’ employer, EMC Engineering Services of Leesburg, and worked out a capstone project for Chehaw Park. Tompkins produced a much-needed bike trail map for the park. This required using a GPS to survey the 7.8-mile course, collecting the data and using drafting software to create a map. He is now working with Google Earth to have the trails show on the Web. A cyclist will be able to upload this data to a handheld GPS before starting off on the adventure. Of course, hardcopy maps are also available at the Park. And a large map is posted at the trailhead. The Civil Engineering Technology program at Albany Tech offers an associate of applied science degree. White says jobs in this field are available in a wide range of settings, both private and public. Jobs are found in businesses and governments that deal with designing, maintaining or managing infrastructure, transportation, construction, erosion control and flood control. Many associate degree graduates of this program transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at another college such as Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., through an articulation agreement between the two colleges. Tompkins plans to do this, taking classes on the Albany Tech campus. Telecommunications engineering technology is another lucrative offering at Albany Tech. “The premise of the Telecommunications Engineering Technology program” says instructor Kaven Williams, “is convergence, merging of multiple telecommunications technologies unto a single platform, merging voice (VOIP) and video services unto a data networking.” Williams says the advantages in this technology is efficiency and costs reduction of administration and service deployment. It enables better manageability of the communications network, and offers the ability to easily monitor and expand service offerings. Four final-semester students in the Telecommunications Engineering Technology associate degree program built a complex network system, taking a traditional computer network and integrating voice and video. Think Skype. The students — Maurice Davis, Calogero Magaddino, Nakesha Sewell and Nathaniel Scott — designed and built the network on a CISCO platform. Williams says the advantages in this technology is it allows for minimal communications cost, enables better manageability of the communications platform and offers the ability to monitor and expand data. “It’s like networking on steroids,” says Williams. The Telecommunications Engineering Technology program at Albany Tech offers a diploma and an associate of applied science degree. Many telecommunications engineering graduates go on for a bachelor’s degree, often at Southern Polytechnic State University, due to the articulation agreement between the two colleges.

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Faces & Places 1 Fall Commencement exercises were held Dec. 14 at the Albany Civic Center.

2 Albany Tech students and staff showed their college spirit by building a college float to ride in the Downtown Albany and Leesburg parades in December. 3 More than 120 fall graduates were recognized at ATC’s fall Honor’s Day in the following areas: American Criminal Justice Association, Collegiate DECA, Foundation Setters for Future Minds, National Technical Honors Society (NTHS), Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), President’s List, SkillsUSA, Students Fellowship for Christians (SFC), Student Government Association (SGA), General Education Development (GED), and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

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professional responsibility, while embracing students with fellowship, prayer and empowerment. It is a non-denominational organization open to all ATC students. 6 Albany Tech’s Horticulture Program hosted the 5th Annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Floriculture Team Challenge Competition in November. This was for Junior and Senior level teams. Teams compete in plant identification, problem solving, general knowledge and plant disorders. 7 The Lady Titans beat Alabama Southern Community College 60-41 in the Holiday Classic Dec. 28. 8 Albany Technical College’s Adult Education Program held its 20th Annual Exceptional Adult Georgians in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Awards program in December. Left - right: Erica Bell, Matthew Newsome, Joyce Arivett, Shonda Alexander, Deannilyn Dukes, Shawnkeydra Durham, Carrie Hammack, Marlene Bennett-Samuels, Norma Miranda, Taravaris Johnson. 9 Matt Newsome, ATC’s 2012 EAGLE award winner will compete at the state level in Atlanta in February. ▼ The Lady Titans played

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Faces & Places 1 Fall Commencement exercises were held Dec. 14 at the Albany Civic Center.

2 Albany Tech students and staff showed their college spirit by building a college float to ride in the Downtown Albany and Leesburg parades in December. 3 More than 120 fall graduates were recognized at ATC’s fall Honor’s Day in the following areas: American Criminal Justice Association, Collegiate DECA, Foundation Setters for Future Minds, National Technical Honors Society (NTHS), Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), President’s List, SkillsUSA, Students Fellowship for Christians (SFC), Student Government Association (SGA), General Education Development (GED), and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

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4 The Titans beat Alabama Southern Community College 83-67 in the Holiday Classic Dec. 28.

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5 ATC’s Student Fellowship for Christians (SFC) organization hosted a Thanksgiving Luncheon in the Kirkland Conference Center. The SFC exists to promote a sense of civic and

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professional responsibility, while embracing students with fellowship, prayer and empowerment. It is a non-denominational organization open to all ATC students. 6 Albany Tech’s Horticulture Program hosted the 5th Annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Floriculture Team Challenge Competition in November. This was for Junior and Senior level teams. Teams compete in plant identification, problem solving, general knowledge and plant disorders. 7 The Lady Titans beat Alabama Southern Community College 60-41 in the Holiday Classic Dec. 28. 8 Albany Technical College’s Adult Education Program held its 20th Annual Exceptional Adult Georgians in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Awards program in December. Left - right: Erica Bell, Matthew Newsome, Joyce Arivett, Shonda Alexander, Deannilyn Dukes, Shawnkeydra Durham, Carrie Hammack, Marlene Bennett-Samuels, Norma Miranda, Taravaris Johnson. 9 Matt Newsome, ATC’s 2012 EAGLE award winner will compete at the state level in Atlanta in February. ▼ The Lady Titans played

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