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Tech Talk Atlanta Technical College: Framework for Success

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ny solid construction begins with a sturdy frame. At Atlanta Technical College, the framework upon

From the President

which we build student success is strong in academic coursework and applied learning, supported by expert faculty and engaged business partners, and sustained by a vibrant campus environment.

The most important element in our framework is our students. We count on them to be active in the learning experience and in the extracurricular activities on campus. We connect them with dedicated teachers and staff who are professionals in their fields and knowledgeable of the most recent industry trends. The student experience is then reinforced with exposure to business and industry partners, many of whom provide mentorship and job opportunities for our students. These elements come together to create a college whose graduates are prepared for their chosen careers and confident citizens in the global community. This is our “Framework for Success.” As you design your future, we invite you to include Atlanta Technical College in the plans. Visit our campus, explore our course offerings, and make Atlanta Technical College the first step in framing your own success.

photo by Ron Witherspoon

Warm Regards,

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 recognizes the importance of global education. The college 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 people, businesses, and the communities we serve.


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.


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.


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 or call us today at 404.225.4400. As set forth in its student 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 VI and IX) contact Sylvie Moses, equity/special needs coordinator, Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland Dennard Center, Suite B163, 404.225.4434. Email: To request reasonable accommodations upon enrollment (Section 504/ADA), contact Sylvie Moses, career planner/special needs, Student Affairs Division, Cleveland Dennard Building, Suite B164, 404.225.4434. Email: Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Faculty and staff with questions about equity or reasonable accommodations should contact Marilyn Smith-Robinson, Director, Human Resources, Cleveland Dennard Building, suite 217, Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. 404.225.4613. Email:


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Spring 2014 Programs BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Accounting Business Administrative Technology Business Management Computer Programming Criminal Justice Technology Database Specialist Design & Media Production Technology Marketing Management Networking Specialist Paralegal Studies Diplomas: Accounting Business Administrative Technology Business Management Computer Programming Criminal Justice Technology Database Specialist Design & Media Production Technology Marketing Management Networking Specialist Technical Certificates of Credit: Administrative Support Assistant Computerized Accounting Specialist Computer Hardware and Network Technician C++ Programmer Certified Customer Service Specialist CISCO Network Specialist Criminal Investigation Specialist Criminal Justice Technology Specialist Database Administrator Digital Illustration Specialist Graphic Design and Prepress Specialist Human Resource Management Specialist JAVA Programmer Linux/UNIX System Administrator

Microsoft Excel Application Professional Microsoft Network Administrator Microsoft Office Applications Professional Microsoft Word Application Professional Office Accounting Specialist Payroll Accounting Specialist PC Repair and Network Technician Photographer Small Business Marketing Manager Six Sigma Quality Assurance Specialist Six Sigma Quality Assurance Professional GENERAL EDUCATION Technical Certificates of Credit: Technical Specialist PUBLIC SERVICE TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Culinary Arts 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: Barbering for Cosmetologists Culinary Nutrition Assistant Culinary Nutrition Manager Early Childhood Exceptionalities

Early Childhood Program Administration Event Coordinator Food and Beverage Director Front Office Manager Infant and Toddler Child Care Specialist Hotel Management Specialist Prep Cook Restaurant Manager Shampoo Technician Travel Agency Operations Specialist HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES AND PUBLIC SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Bioscience Technology Dental Hygiene Fire Science Technology Health Information Technology Nursing Pharmacy Technology Physical Therapist Assistant Radiological Technology Surgical Technology Diplomas: Dental Assisting Dental Laboratory Technology Fire Science Technology Health Information Coding Medical Assisting Paramedicine Pharmacy Technology Practical Nursing Technical Certificates of Credit: Basic Dental Assisting Bioscience Environmental Laboratory Technologist Bioscience Regulatory Assurance Technologist Emergency Medical Technician Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Fire Fighter I

Fire Fighter II Health Care Assistant Health Care Science Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist Medical Language Specialist Patient Care Assistant Pharmacy Assistant Phlebotomy Technician 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 Technology Electrical Systems Technology Electronics Fundamentals Electronics Technology Plumbing Supply Chain Management Welding and Joining Technology Technical Certificates of Credit: Air Conditioning Technician Assistant Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician Automotive Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Tech Specialist Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist Automotive Climate Control Technician Automotive Collision Repair Assistant I

Automotive Collision Repair Assistant II Automotive Manual Drive Train & Axle Repair Technician Automotive Transmission/ Transaxle Tech Specialist Aviation Airframe Technician Aviation Power Plant Technician Aviation Maintenance Technician Avionics Bench Technician CAD Operator Certified Construction Worker Certified Warehousing and Distribution Specialist Commercial Truck Driving Commercial Wiring Construction Manager Diesel Electrical/Electronics Systems Technician Diesel Engine Service Tech Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician Framing Carpenter Heating & Air Conditioning Installation Technician Industrial Electrical Controls Technician Plumbing Service & Systems Specialist Residential/Commercial Plumbing Technician Residential Wiring Technician Supply Chain Manager

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Admissions Checklist

The path starts here. Follow these easy steps to apply to Atlanta Technical College.

• 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. • 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. • 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.

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. • 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 • Report for Orientation/Advisement/Registration session as notified in your official acceptance letter.

Please have all transcripts sent to: Office of Admissions Atlanta Technical College 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446 404.225.4461

* 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.

2014 SPRING SEMESTER Important Admission Dates

Admission deadlines are listed in the general catalog and the Schedule of Classes. Incomplete or late applicants for credit programs will be advised to consider special admission status or a future term.

October 14

Current Student Registration Opens

November 8

November 25

Admissions Application and Document Deadline Last Day to Change Programs

Current Student Registration Closes

November 8

Current Student Fee Payment Deadline

November 15

Financial Aid Application Deadline

Last Day to Submit Re-Admission Application

November 30

Last Day to take the Compass Exam

January 6 Classes Begin


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 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 $47 registration fee and a $24 student activity fee and a $6 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 $45 late registration fee, and a $35 graduation fee. Please note that the Georgia Student Finance Commission will not cover the $55 Instructional and Technology Support Fee. Please visit Banner Web at 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 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.

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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.

Take Advantage of our affordable enrollment rates ENROLLMENT FEES FOR SPRING 

SCHEDULE Number of Credit Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 to 21

Tuition Fee $85 $170 $255 $340 $425 $510 $595 $680 $765 $850 $935 $1,020 $1,105 $1,190 $1,275


Technology Mandatory Fee Totals for Fee Student Fees Georgia Resident + $105 + $147= 337.00 + $105 + $147= 422.00 + $105 + $147= 507.00 + $105 + $147= 592.00 + $105 + $147= 677.00 + $105 + $147= 762.00 + $105 + $147= 847.00 + $105 + $147= 932.00 + $105 + $147= 1017.00 + $105 + $147= 1102.00 + $105 + $147= 1187.00 + $105 + $147= 1272.00 + $105 + $147= 1357.00 + $105 + $147= 1442.00 + $105 + $147= 1527.00

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Instruction for Banner Web Payments 1. Visit 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.

Call Financial Aid Today at 404.225.4716

Expanded Statement of Purpose Atlanta Technical College (ATC) is a comprehensive, urban, public, two-year community and technical college serving Fulton County, south of the Chattahoochee River. College programs provide accessible, high- quality 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 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 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.

• 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

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NEWS Enrollment remains strong at Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Technical College’s 2013 academic year enrollment was 7546, an increase of 4.2 percent over the academic year 2012, according to the newly released enrollment reports. The enrollment increase is fueled in large part by the strong portfolio of programs offered at the college. Over the past two years, Georgia has experienced a growth in industries such as bioscience, supply chain management, allied health and skilled trades. Job seekers are coming to Atlanta Technical College, preparing for careers in these industries, and finding their new place in today’s workforce.

Partnership with King Faisal University enters second year and earns designation as a top international program The Atlanta Technical College (ATC)/Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) partnership with King Faisal University (KFU) has been named a finalist in the Governor’s International Awards. The competition which is sponsored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the World Trade Center Atlanta, celebrates the accomplishments of companies and organizations who work to strengthen metro Atlanta’s position as a hub for international business. Winners will be announced on October 3, 2013 at an awards ceremony at the Georgia International Convention Center. The partnership between Atlanta Technical College, the Technical College System of Georgia, and KFU began in 2012 with the implementation of English as a Second Language (ESL) on the KFU campus in Alasha, Saudi Arabia. Fourteen (ATC) faculty members relocated to Saudi Arabia to deliver instruction to the students. With the ESL program now in place, the second year of the project will soon begin with the addition of four credit programs at KFU. Beginning Fall semester 2013, the following programs will be offered: Health Information Technology, Information Security Specialist, Inspection Technician, and Internet SpecialistWebsite Design. To ensure that the programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Atlanta Technical College is the lead college in the project and will sign the memorandum of understanding with KFU. According to Dr. Ahmed Al-Shoaibi, the KFU vice president of development and community services, KFU has recently signed an agreement with Saudi Aramco, the largest oil producer in the world, to provide qualified workers for the company’s workforce. KFU is confident that this project with ATC will provide the technical programs needed to meet the high workforce standards set by Saudi Aramco.


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Accelerating opportunities to employment In a bold move to align and integrate Adult Education (AE), Atlanta Technical College (ATC) and the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency have joined forces to launch the ATC Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) program. Through this new initiative, the 22 students enrolled in the first cohort will be able to work towards earning a GED and, at the same time, a technical certificate of credit in pharmacy technology at no cost to them. Their college tuition, fees, books, and supplies are covered through a grant from the US Department of Labor. Once the students have successfully completed the program and have passed the Certification Board Exam, they are guaranteed employment with the retailer CVS Pharmacy. The ACE model is pioneering because it creates a seamless path from unemployment to self-sufficiency, giving participants access to employment opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them. It also provides sustainable human capital for industries experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. With the assistance of the US Department of Labor grant, the ACE program is being implemented and tested across nine sites in a four-state consortium.

ACE pharmacy technology class

“Without a GED and post-secondary education, many people are unable to make a living wage and build their capacity toward economic self-sufficiency,” states Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of ATC. “This program gives them the opportunity to overcome systematic barriers and build their capacity in a short amount of time.” The ATC ACE program started with the pharmacy technology tract and plans are already underway to replicate the program in the areas of medical coding and carpentry at the college. The initial goal is to place 100 individuals in career pathways that are stackable (i.e., certificate, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, PHD) and lead to stable, high-wage occupations.

ATC ACE students

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Frames and Foundations: Carpentry program leads to high paying jobs


he Atlanta Technical College carpentry program can be a framework for success. Students can begin the program with little or no experience in carpentry and leave with the knowledge and expertise to compete for high-paying jobs. Those who successfully complete the program and graduate, are prepared to seek employment in a variety of carpentry and construction related positions including: residential carpenter, framer, drywall installer, commercial carpenter, or construction worker. According to the Go Build Georgia initiative, the average annual salary for carpenters in Georgia in 2012 was $40,840 and the outlook for this career path is bright. As the economy begins to rebound, new residential and commercial building projects are being green-lighted and carpenters are being hired. In addition, initiatives such as the Atlanta Beltline, the Green Line Plan and the Atlanta Street Car Project are acting as catalysts for the revitalization of aging local neighborhoods. Carpenters are playing a central role in refurbishing and retrofitting older homes and businesses in these neighborhoods. The ATC carpentry diploma program takes approximately three semesters to complete and focuses on professional tool use and safety; site layout, footings and foundations; flooring and wall framing; ceiling and roofing framing; interior finishes, and other core competencies needed to excel in the field. There are two specializations in the carpentry diploma program—residential and commercial carpentry.


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Students enrolled in the residential tract, receive more in-depth education in soffits, stairs, and interior finishes. They also become proficient in the areas of flooring installation procedures and fireplace trim. Students who choose to study the commercial specialization, gain insight into the areas of surveying, handling materials and processes for concrete forming, handling and rigging of steel components and installing a variety of doors, frames, and door hardware for commercial construction applications. Atlanta Technical College also offers two technical certificate of credit (TCC) options that offer faster entry in to the workforce. Both the certified construction worker and framing carpenter technical certificates of credit can be completed in approximately two semesters. By focusing on topics such as tool use and safety, materials and fasteners, and construction print reading; certified construction workers are prepared to work effectively on a construction site. Students in the framing carpenter TCC are educated in the use of hand and power tools, materials, blueprint reading, floor, wall, ceiling, and roof framing and other competencies that prepare them for employment as framing carpenters. The Atlanta Technical College carpentry programs are designed to give students a strong foundation upon which they can build thriving careers. For information on carpentry programs contact Hector Celis at or 404.225.4621.

Framing Your Future in Healthcare Surgical technician p­­­­rogram offers a foundation for success in the medical field

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the annual mean wage for surgical technicians in the Atlanta area is $40,500.


urgical technicians are allied health professionals who work as part of the surgical team to ensure that operative procedures are discharged under optimal conditions. They prepare the surgical suite, ensuring that all instruments, solutions, drapes, and equipment are sanitized, organized and functioning properly. Before a procedure, they are often called upon to assist with patient care, disinfecting and shaving incision sites, transporting the patient to the operating room, checking medical records and monitoring vital signs. Surgical technicians play a critical role in surgical patient care, supporting surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other medical personnel. Students enrolled in Atlanta Technical College will be given a well-rounded education that provides

them with skills to excel in the medical field. Courses are taught by first-class medical professionals who work part-time in the field and/or attend professional development conferences, to ensure that they are able to impart the most up-to-date information on industry trends and techniques. Upon completion, students will find that they have the aptitude and the confidence to successfully perform their duties in the best medical facilities in the world. For information on the surgical technician program contact Kimberly Carter at 404.225.4509 or

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In the Frame:

Design and media program is a framework for success in the entertainment industry


eorgia is the epicenter for entertainment productions in the south. In the past two years, major motion pictures and television series such as 42, Contagion, X-Men: First Class, Vampire Diaries, Fast Five, and Drop Dead Diva filmed in the state. This surge in activity has led Atlanta Technical College, the state’s leading technical college, to develop career pathways to prepare students for occupations in the industry. Through the design and media production technology program (DMPT), students are preparing for careers in motion graphics, web design, photography and graphic design. DMPT’s expansive curricula equip students with the practical and theoretical knowledge to support clients in an array of fields including entertainment, business, not-for-profit, government and athletics. The graphic design component helps students learn to develop promotional collateral such as handbills, logos, ads, posters, presentations and brochures, while web design students are taught to build, program, and maintain promotional websites. In the newest tract, which is motion graphics, students are taught video and film postproduction, editing, and visual effects. The DMPT department also offers technical certificates of credit in photography and graphic design. These programs can typically be completed with five classes and offer fast-entry into the workforce. Industry freelancers who are in need of certification often find that the technical certificates of credit provide excellent opportunities to build their portfolio and hone their skills. The DMPT Department is led by instructors Karen Shacham and Britt Pitre, both of whom are very excited about the program, its


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success, and its outlook. “We offer a cost-effective educational experience that does not compromise the quality of education the students are receiving,” states Shacham. “If you’re creative, artistic, and you also want to make money in your field, our program really lets people tap into that creativity. I have students that are already freelancing. So by the time they complete the program, they’ve got a portfolio and they’re learning to build their own brand.” As it relates to the future, Pitre states, “efforts are being made for more development in digital film making/video production, as well as a degree program for photography. One of our longterm goals is to move to a new space on campus or a building in the community that would allow us to create a state-ofthe-art studio and workspace for students. For now, we are thriving and giving our students a world-class education.” The DMPT program provides a win-win situation for local industries and ATC students. As the program continues to gain momentum in Atlanta—often called the new “Hollywood of the South”—the buzz surrounding its effectiveness will grow, leading to increased opportunities for graduates and a steady stream of qualified employees for the entertainment industry. For information on the design and media production technology program contact Britt Pitre at 404.225.4439 or

Fast Frame

Online continuing education courses help professionals meet certification and development goals

Business and Professional Programs Certified Mediator This comprehensive online training program will provide you with the core skills necessary for the practice of mediation. Certified Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist This online Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate (ADR) program is offered in partnership with IADR GLOBAL. Dispute Resolution is a rapidly growing field of study and a process commonly used in federal and local government agencies, corporations, non-profit and for profit agencies as well as in private ADR practices. This online training program will give you the educational background you need to break into this fast-growing field. Entrepreneurship: Start-Up and Business Owner Management This program covers everything from financing to leadership. You’ll learn the keys to business planning, communication skills, marketing, and management. If you’ve ever thought about owning your own business, this program can help make that dream come true! Event Management and Design From planning to pyrotechnics, the Event Management and Design Online Training Program will teach you everything you need to know to create events that are truly special. Certified Global Business Professional The Certified Global Business Professional Online Training Program prepares you for the credential exam by educating you in four areas: global management, global marketing, supply chain management, and trade finance. Six Sigma Black Belt The Six Sigma Black Belt Online Career Training Program provides you with an in-depth look at the Six Sigma Black Belt problem-solving methodology, deployment, and project development approaches. Six Sigma Green Belt The Six Sigma Green Belt Online Training Program encompasses all aspects of running a Six Sigma Green Belt business; including management, service delivery, design, production, and customer satisfaction.

Management for IT If you manage IT professionals, this program is for you! The leaders in an organization often set the tone and establish the benchmarks for success. In this program, you’ll explore different decision-making techniques in the context of successful leadership styles. The focus is on developing a successful leadership style that facilitates team building, collaboration, and a corporate culture that promotes success. Legal Secretary Master the skills you need to be a legal secretary and prepare for the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALS) Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS) exam. This program teaches you all the skills you need to work for a lawyer in a law office. You will master everything from legal office management and accounting to legal terminology and legal writing. This program will prepare you for the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALS) Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS) examination.

Healthcare Programs Certified National Pharmaceutical Representative Learn the skills necessary to become a certified pharmaceutical sales representative. The program covers pharmacology, medical terminology, physiology, and regulations for selling pharmaceuticals. Emergency Management Training for First Responders Emergency management is one of the fastestgrowing professions. Learn the skills you need to get started in this field. Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding + Medical Terminology This nationally recognized program combines the Administrative Medical Specialist program with training in medical billing and coding and medical terminology to give you a competitive edge in the healthcare field. Administrative Dental Assistant Learn how to perform the administrative tasks essential for managing the business aspects of a dental practice. ICD-10 Medical Coding Prepare for the future of medical coding by mastering the steps for using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS to code medical diagnoses and procedures.

Optician Certification Training Opticians are in high demand in the job market, and the need for eye care professionals is constantly expanding. In this program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to obtain an entry-level job as an optician while you prepare yourself to achieve American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification — a certification that’s required by many states and is a stepping stone to career advancement. You’ll master the mathematical formulas that opticians need to know, discover how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, explore the basics of eyewear styles and materials, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, learn about prisms and lens types, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases. Physical Therapy Aide In this program, you will master all the skills you need to begin a career as a physical therapy aide. You will learn what physical therapy entails, identify the responsibilities of a PT aide, and develop a working knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology. In addition, you will get a solid grounding in patient care skills, infection control, and the legal and ethical regulations that affect healthcare providers. By the end of the program, you will be fully prepared to obtain an entry-level position as a PT aide in a healthcare facility. Clinical Dental Assistant The Clinical Dental Assistant Online Training Program will prepare you to become a productive member of a dental team as a professional dental assistant. You’ll learn about every aspect of professional dental assisting, including invaluable real-world perspectives from experienced dental assistants and essential information about anatomy and physiology, preventive dentistry, patient care and communication, radiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, assisting in specialty practices, employment strategies, and much more. Medical Billing and Coding + Medical Terminology This nationally recognized program combines the Medical Billing and Coding program with 60 hours of medical terminology training to give you a competitive edge in the healthcare field.

Call 404.225.4487 or visit online_courses to enroll.

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Bioscience Technology Program

Career Success


The bioscience technology program at Atlanta Technical College prepares students to gain employment in private, public and educational laboratories that perform research in basic or applied science, as well as the development of therapeutic molecules, pharmaceuticals, agricultural, manufacturing products and environmental testing. According to the US Department of Labor, employment of biological and bioscience technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers. Career options include: • Laboratory Technicians • Environmental Technicians • Quality and Regulatory Assurance Technicians • Clinical Research Technicians Median Annual Wage: $39,020 (biological technicians) * For information on bioscience technology contact: Barry Bates, bioscience technology program coordinator, 404.225.4583 or

Pharmacy Technician Program “The pharmacy technology field is flourishing because baby boomers are reaching the age when there is an onset of many chronic diseases,” states Robbie Howard, pharmacy technology program coordinator at Atlanta Technical College. “As a result there is a high demand for people who can properly dispense the prescriptions aging citizens need to treat their ailments.” A pharmacy technician is a medical professional who works alongside a registered pharmacist. The technician prepares medications for dispensation, manages insurance billing and claims, labels prescriptions, manages sterile IV preparation, and counts pills. This profession is a great option for people who desire to enter the medical field in a short time. The primary distinction between a pharmacy tech and a pharmacist is that a technician does not counsel patients and must work under a registered pharmacist’s supervision. Median Annual Wage: $28,400* For information on pharmacy technology contact: Robbie Howard, CPhT, MPH, pharmacy technology program coordinator, 404.225.4643 or


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Paralegal Studies Program The paralegal studies program provides students with specialized legal knowledge and skills required to aid lawyers in the delivery of legal services. Core operating principles emphasized in the Atlanta Technical College program include ethical obligations, research in state and federal law, legal correspondence preparations, family law and property matters, criminal law and procedures, civil litigation, tort law, substantive contract law, wills and trusts, and probate. The future is bright for graduates of the program as the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the industry will grow by at least 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.* Median Annual Wage: $46,680* For information on paralegal studies contact: Phoebe Coquerel, Dean, business and public services, 404.225.4546 or

Early Childhood Care and Education Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” High-quality early childhood care and education professionals help children develop academically, physically and emotionally so that they will be strong, healthy members of society, later in life. Graduates of the Atlanta Technical College program work in educational settings including child care centers, Head Start facilities, and pre – K programs. Median Annual Wage: $25,700 (preschool teachers)*

Small Business Marketing You have a fantastic small business and you know that is destined to be a huge success. There is just one problem, no one knows about it. In just two short semesters, you can gain the acumen to take your small business to the top. Courses include principles of marketing, business regulations and compliance, professional selling, integrated marketing communications and small business management. For more information on small business marketing contact: Grant Harris, marketing management department chair, 404.225.4521 or

For information on paralegal studies contact: Katie Day, program chair, 404.225.4580 or *Data courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Adult Education Department Ta k e A C l o s e r L o o k a t A t l a n t a T e c h Improve Your Reading, Writing, and Math Skills • Earn your GED

Adult Education Department Programs are FREE**. Classes and services offered: • Adult Basic Education (ABE) • Adult Secondary Education (ASE/GED Prep) Workforce development, financial and family support training and workshops, and much more!!!!

Classes are offered Monday through Friday. Workforce development, financial and family support trainings and workshops are on Fridays. **Please note there is a charge to take the GED exam.

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AROUND TOWN ATC staff volunteer at an urban nature preserve for National Parks Day Employees of the Dennard Conference Center (DCC) at Atlanta Technical College commemorated National Parks Day on August 21 by volunteering at the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, located at 1442 Richland Road in Atlanta. The DCC group participated in outdoor conservation activities including trail building and maintenance, invasive plant eradication, and habitat restoration.

Eleven practical nursing students honored during the summer pinning ceremony On July 25, 2013, Atlanta Technical College ATC hosted the LPN Summer Pinning Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishment of 11 practical nursing students. A pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in the nursing field during which faculty welcome students into the nursing profession. Surrounded by family, friends and faculty, the members of the graduating class took the Florence Nightingale Pledge and vowed” to,… endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.” They were then presented with official nursing pins that are to be worn prominently on their uniforms in the workplace.


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Atlanta Technical College EMT class achieves 100 percent pass rate on national exam The emergency medical technician day class, led by T. Harold Walters II and Sherwin Brown, had a 100 percent passage rate for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians cognitive and practical examinations. As a result, each student has earned national EMS certification as an emergency medical technician.

Health information management students capture first place in national competition The Health Information Management Student Association (HIMSA) at Atlanta Technical College has won first place in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Student Bulletin Board Contest. In honor of AHIMA’s 85th Anniversary, students across the country were encouraged to create bulletin boards promoting the field of health information management and the benefits of AHIMA membership. The Atlanta Technical College team used images of Atlanta landmarks such as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, The Georgia Aquarium, The M.L. K. Center, the CNN Center, and the Georgia World Congress Center to craft the winning entry. As a reward for placing first, HIMSA, was given the option of receiving a $500 prize or five complementary student registrations to the AHIMA convention that will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, October 26-30. The officers of HIMSA chose to take advantage of the networking and experiential learning opportunities available at the convention and will be sending five students to attend.

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1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW • Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Host your next event at the Dennard Conference Center

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The Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center is a state-of-the-art event facility located on the campus of Atlanta Technical College. It is three miles south of Turner Field and just 15 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Parking is free, and there are a variety of event and catering packages available.

The Dennard Conference Center has more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space that can be configured to meet your needs. So, if you are hosting a trade show, business meeting, wedding, conference, bar mitzvah, holiday party, banquet or seminar, we invite you to consider the Dennard Conference Center, one of Atlanta’s premiere event venues.

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