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From the President


n 2010, we presented our first “Best-in-Class” edition of Tech Talk. As you read carefully the pages of this 2012 “Best-in-Class” edition, you will see that our students, faculty, and staff best represent our mission, philosophy, and core values.

Atlanta Technical College has been a vital part of the greater Atlanta community for 45 years. Our faculty, staff, and student body represent the community we serve and are of all ages, cultures, and educational backgrounds. Our course offerings are varied as well. The more than 100 academic programs that we offer include Business, Public Service, Health, Public Safety, Industrial, and Transportation technologies. We are proud of the team of dedicated experts who teach the courses, facilitate the live work experiences, and coordinate the internships that guarantee that students leave our campus ready to compete and thrive in the global community. Visit Atlanta Technical College and you will find yourself among the best of the best. You will discover that we have maintained our commitment to academic excellence, industry expertise, and extreme hospitality.

photo by Ron Witherspoon

It is our honor and privilege to serve the city of Atlanta and Fulton and Clayton Counties, and as we continue our efforts to increase enrollment, amplify our program offerings, and increase retention and graduation rates, we realize that the students and the community we serve are truly the “best-in-class!” 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 provides affordable lifelong learning opportunities, associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-art technology. The integration of academics and applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, and communities of Fulton and Clayton counties.


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. A set forth in its catalog, Atlanta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). For further information regarding these laws (Title Vl, lX and Section 504/ADA) contact Harriet A. Ferrell, equity officer/career, planner/special needs, Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland Dennard Building, Student Affairs Division, Suite 163 B, 404.225.4462. Email: To request reasonable accommodations upon enrollment, contact Harriet A. Ferrell, Career Planner (Special Needs), Student Affairs Division, Cleveland Dennard Building, Suite 163, 404.225.4462. Email: Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.


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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.

Please have all transcripts sent to:

• Schedule a date and time to take your placement test. The Admissions Office will help you do this when you complete your application. If you have the required SAT, ACT, COMPASS, ASSET, or program-level English and/or mathematics from another college/university you may not be required to take the placement test. Official copies of any test scores must be obtained.

Note: Proof of high school graduation or GED is required for admission to all diploma and degree programs except: Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Welding, Culinary Arts, Visual Communications, Diesel Equipment Technology, and Electrical Construction and Maintenance. All students enrolled in these programs must earn a high school diploma or a GED prior to graduation from Atlanta Technical College. The college does not accept special education diplomas or certificates of attendance.

• Submit an OFFICIAL transcript directly from your high school or your GED transcript (scores). In addition, if you have attended other colleges/universities, copies of your transcripts* must also be obtained.

Office of Admissions Atlanta Technical College 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446 404.225.4461

• For financial aid information call 404.225.4716. Students must meet quarterly deadlines and are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the federal Pell Grant, as well as Georgia’s HOPE grant & scholarship. • Veterans must complete and submit the VA Application online at • Report for Orientation/Advisement/Registration session as notified in your official acceptance letter. * Students who wish to have college/university credit evaluated for anything other than program-level English or mathematics must complete and submit a transfer of credit form.

Programs of Study (Summer 2012 Semester) BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES Degrees Accounting Business Administrative Technology Business Management Computer Programming Database Specialist Design & Media Production Technology Marketing Management Networking Specialist Paralegal Studies Diplomas Accounting Business Administrative Technology Business Management Computer Programming Database Specialist Design & Media Production Technology Marketing Management Networking Specialist Paralegal Studies Technical Certificates of Credit Administrative Support Assistant Computerized Accounting Specialist Computer Hardware and Network Technician C++ Programmer Certified Customer Service Specialist CISCO Network Specialist Database Administrator 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 Paralegal Fundamentals Payroll Accounting Specialist PC Repair and Network Technician Small Business Marketing Manager 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 Assistant Food Service Purchasing Agent 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 Information Coding Medical Assisting Paramedicine Pharmacy Technology Practical Nursing Technical Certificates of Credit Basic Dental Assisting 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

Degrees Fire Science Technology Health Information Technology Pharmacy Technology

Diplomas Air Conditioning Technology Automotive Collision Repair Automotive Technology Aviation Maintenance Technology Avionics Maintenance Technology Carpentry Diesel Equipment Technology

Diplomas Dental Assisting Dental Laboratory Technology Fire Science 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 Maintenance Technician Avionics Bench Technician Basic CAD Drafter 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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Technology Mandatory Fee Totals Student for Georgia Fee Fees Resident

Number of Credit Hours

Tuition Fee



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+ $71





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$351 $426

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$501 $576 $651 $726 $801 $876



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Parking Decals may be purchased at the Business Office. You must provide your tag number (1 decal per form/per car).

13 14 15 to 21

$975 $1,050 $1,125

+ $55 + $55 + $55

+ $71 = + $71 = + $71 =

$1,101 $1,176 $1,251

Out-of-State Residents Tuition is twice the rate of Georgia residents.

Quarterly Mandatory Student Fees Registration Fee $41.00 Student Activity Fee* $24.00 Student Accident Insurance* $6.00 Total Mandatory Student Fees $71.00 (*Fee not accessed if ALL classes are ON-LINE.)

All tuition and fees must be paid in full before you are considered registered and before you can start any classes. Tuition and Fees may be paid by: 1. Cash, Check, or Debit/Credit card 2. Financial Aid 3. Combination of Financial Aid and money 4. Third Party (employers, agencies, or sponsors).

International Students Tuition is 4 times the rate of Georgia residents. Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) Program Tuition rate is $125 per credit hour.

Other Fees that may apply Application for Admission $20.00 Late Registration $45.00 Returned Check $30.00 Parking Decal (renewed annually) $23.00 Replacement of Student ID $5.00 Replacement of Higher One Card $10.00 Academic Transcript $5.00 Graduation $35.00 Exemption Examination (per credit hour) 25% CTD Fuel Surcharge $158.00

April 19, 2012

Deadline to submit all application materials and avoid late fees.

Liability Insurance-Malpractice Fee Charged when student begins clinical coursework. EMT/Paramedic program $43.00 All programs with the departments of: Health Technology Cosmetology / Barbering Early Child Care Education

April 1, 2012 Student Financial Aid Deadline April 19, 2012 Re-Entry Application Deadline April 19, 2012 Program Change Deadline March 30, 2012 @ 10 am Early Registration (By Invitation Only) May 15, 2012 @ 10am, 2pm, and 5:30pm New Student Registration


Financial Aid may not cover all fees. Check Banner Web for your registration fee assessment for the term.

May 21, 2012 @ 10am, 2pm, and 5:30pm Late Registration (Additional $45 fee applies)

NOTE: Tuition and fees rates are subject to change at the beginning of any term by the Technical College System of Georgia.

May 22, 2012 Classes Begin

This schedule reflects the new fee increase effective Fall Semester 2011-12.

Call Financial Aid today at 404.225.4716 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.

Expanded Statement of Purpose Atlanta Technical College (ATC) is a comprehensive, urban, public, twoyear community and technical college serving Fulton County, south of the Chattahoochee River. College programs provide accessible, highquality post-secondary education that prepares the traditional and non-traditional student to enter the job market. The college awards associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Atlanta Technical College will seek to meet Metro Atlanta industry needs and student demands through the provision of state-of-the-art academic and career preparation, customized business and industry training, continuing education, and other learning services as outlined in the following major purposes: • To provide access and awareness to Technical Education through its contribution to the economic prosperity, quality of life, and “education culture” of Atlanta’s communities by increasing availability of credit and non-credit educational opportunities, strengthening community involvement, and raising public awareness of the benefits of technical and adult education; • To insure student success through quality support services and technical programs by providing quality programs and services that ensure

the satisfaction, retention, and graduation of students for viable and consistent employment with local, state, and national companies that are equally satisfied with the quality of our graduates; • To provide accountability through effective and efficient management that insures effective, adequately supported, and efficiently managed technical education, adult education, and economic development programs and services are available for all citizens of Atlanta; • To develop Atlanta Technical College’s internal workforce through the insurance of a sufficient, satisfied, and qualified ATC workforce needed to meet the demands of Atlanta citizens and businesses for quality technical education, adult literacy, and economic development programs and services; and • To develop a high quality infrastructure for extended and enhanced services through the provision of sufficient and appropriate facilities, technology and equipment throughout Atlanta Technical College and its service delivery area to extend and enhance programs and services. Grievance Procedures for Discrimination, Harassment, and Other Student Complaints Atlanta Technical College is committed to ensuring an environment for all students that is fair, humane, and respectful. Please see the student handbook for more details.

COLLEGE Policies • Payment of fees to the college is accepted in cash, personal check, cashier’s check, or money order, made payable to Atlanta Technical College. VISA and MasterCard are also accepted. Fees do not include the price of textbooks, supplies, or tools which may be needed. • Fees are 100% refundable when a class is canceled by the college. • Students withdrawing from a course by the end of the third instructional day of the quarter and no shows shall receive a 100% refund of applicable tuition (hours below the 15-hour tuition cap) and applicable refundable fees, excluding the application fee. • Students who withdraw from a course after the third instructional day of the quarter shall receive no refund. • For those students receiving federal financial aid, the technical colleges shall make available Consumer Information that may be found at 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. 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.


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news Atlanta technical College recognized For health initiative Atlanta Technical College has been named one of Atlanta’s healthiest employers. On February 17th, the Atlanta Business Chronicle hosted Atlanta’s Healthiest Employers Awards during which the college earned the number seven spot in the medium company category. This is the second year that the Atlanta Business Chronicle has sponsored the competition, which is designed to recognize the innovative strategies enlisted by local employers to promote healthy lifestyles among employees. Metro Atlanta companies and organizations were encouraged to complete an online wellness assessment, and the top-scoring companies were selected as finalists. Atlanta Technical College has implemented a Healthy Campus Initiative that focuses on exercise, nutrition, disease awareness, illness prevention, and physical and mental health. As part of the initiative, culinary arts students planted an herb garden in the student courtyard and incorporated harvested items into healthy recipes. Atlanta Tech employees initiated campus walking clubs and launched “Healthy Wednesdays,” a weekly gathering during which members of the Financial Aid department and the Business Office prepare healthy lunches for their co-workers. In addition, the Economic Development Office organizes an annual Health & Wellness Expo during which members of the community can participate in health screenings, wellness workshops and fitness demonstrations. To launch this year’s Healthy Campus Initiative, the college implemented a campuswide no-smoking policy and provided students and faculty with smoking cessation information. The Human Resources department and faculty from the Allied Health programs also provided employees with onsite biometric screenings, immunizations and programs focusing on wellness. All resources, including social media sites, electronic signage and the intranet, are used to advance healthy habits among employees and students. Health tips are shared with the entire community via these outlets. Atlanta Technical College is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and will expand the scope of the Healthy Campus Initiative by challenging each student organization on campus to incorporate wellness activities into their 2012-2013 calendars of events.

A smoKe-Free CAmPus! Atlanta Technical College is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive work environment for all students and employees. The Environmental Protection Agency declared secondhand smoke to be a “Class A carcinogen” known to cause cancer in non-smokers. In light of these findings and as a part of our Healthy Campus initiative, college-owned vehicles, facilities, and buildings at Atlanta Technical College will be tobacco and smoke free effective September 1, 2011. This tobacco and smoke free space includes lab areas, the aviation hangars, the trucks in the CDL program, the courtyards within the Academic Complex, and the areas immediately adjacent to any major walkways and building entrances.

EFFECTIVE September 1, 2011

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news us Labor department awards Atlanta tech $4.8 million for technical skills training to help American workers fill jobs in high-growth fields The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded Atlanta Technical College $4,840,025 through the first round of funding under the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition. The funds are being used to develop and implement a Biotechnology program at the college. The U.S. DOL grant is intended to raise the technical skill

Atlanta tech a top digital community college Atlanta Technical College ranks second for mid-sized community colleges

The top 10 tech-savvy community colleges for 2011 have been named by the Center for Digital Education and Convergence online. Atlanta Technical College ranked second in the nation among mid-sized community colleges. The 2011 rankings were based on the results from the seventh national Digital Community Colleges Survey, which examined how colleges use technology to improve campus operations and better serve their faculty, students, and communities. The survey looked at technology integration into college curriculum and campus life, documenting use of online admissions processes, distance edu-

level of American workers and help businesses reduce their

cation, technology training for students and faculty, campus

need to use the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program. Through

security alerts, use of Web 2.0 social and collaborative capa-

Atlanta Technical College, Georgians will receive training

bilities as well as online tutoring and advisory services.

and job placement assistance in Bioscience and Biotechnology which have been identified as high-growth fields in which employers are currently using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to hire foreign workers. The Biotechnology program at the college begins August 2012 and includes Biotechnology associate degree, Bioscience Regulatory Assurance Technologist Certificate and

get your start in nursing at atlanta tecHnical college

Bioscience Laboratory Technologist Certificate programs. Georgia is home to more than 300 bioscience companies.

Students interested in the new associ-

The Atlanta Technical College program is designed to

ate degree in nursing (ADN) program at

prepare students for employment in clinical, pharmaceutical,

Atlanta Technical College can begin the

research and biotechnology laboratories housed in these companies. Enrollment information can be obtained by contacting Barry Bates at 404-255-4583 or

application process, spring semester 2012. With an ADN, you will be prepared for staff positions in hospitals, clinics and inpatient facilities. The Atlanta Technical College program is accredited, affordable and accelerated. This program offers students quick entry into one of the most marketable fields in country. For additional


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information contact Dr. Geradine Fells at 404.225.4507 or

student LiFe Atlanta technical College Foundation scholarship winners Academic Year 2011-2012 August 2011 The Atlanta Technical College Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) organization, awarded scholarships for the academic year beginning 2011-2012. Eight (8) students received $1,000 scholarships each from the Atlanta Technical College Academic Scholarship Fund (ATC); four (4) students received $500 scholarships from the Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen Business Office Technology And Early Childhood Care Programs Student Scholarship Fund; four (4) students received $1,000 scholarships from The Brenda Watts Jones Memorial Student Scholarship Fund; one (1) faculty member received a $1,000 scholarship from The Brenda Watts Jones Memorial Faculty Scholarship Fund; two (2) students received $2,000 scholarships from the W. W. Grainger, Inc. Scholarship Fund (2010 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship) and will receive a Westward Toolkit upon graduation; and three (3) students received $500 scholarships from The American Building Supply, Inc. Student Scholarship Fund.

scholarship winners student name

Program of study



Alidu Abdul-Aziz Kayla S. Bennings Latia Galloway La’Nette Holloman Fabian C. Parson Alistair F. Lowe Tonya Shells Phoebe S. Taylor

Aviation Early Childhood Aviation Business Management Carpentry BAT Microsoft Office Prof. Hotel/Rest./Tour. HIT

ATC Academic ATC Academic ATC Academic ATC Academic ATC Academic ATC Academic ATC Academic ATC Academic

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 total: $8,000

Alistair F. Lowe Courtney Morris Malinda Weaver Ashley Brown-Lester

BAT Microsoft Office Prof. Accounting Business Admin. Tech. Business Admin. Tech.

Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen Dr. Hilliard A. Bowen

$500 $500 $500 $500

Diallo Fatoumata Michelle Hadida Claudette Jude Davida McConico Dara Randolph

Accounting Marketing Mgt. Business Mgt. Management & Superv. Business Adm.

GAP, Inc. GAP, Inc. GAP, Inc. GAP, Inc. GAP, Inc.

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 total: $5,000

Valerie L. Dawson Michael L. Foster Claudette Jude Beverly H. Lipford, III Candace Marshall

Business Adm. Tech. Paralegal Business Mgt. Aviation Dental Hygiene

Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Dr. Brenda Watts Jones Dr. Brenda Watts Jones

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 Faculty Award total: $5,000

Bjorn George Chadwick J. Holland

Aviation Aviation

W. W. Grainger, Inc. W. W. Grainger, Inc.

$2,000 $2,000 total: $4,000

Fabian C. Parson Deloris J. Thorne Yolanda Wilson

Carpentry Carpentry Carpentry

American Building Supply American Building Supply American Building Supply

$500 $500 $500

total: $2,000

total: $1,500

totAL: $25,500 As other scholarships become available, they will be announced through the following mediums: • Student individual e-mail account • MYATC (Every student has access to this account) • • ATC Group (e-mail) If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring a scholarship contact

bioscience anD biotecHnology are coming to atlanta tecH. Application period opens summer 2012 Beginning August 2012, Atlanta Technical College will offer the Biotechnology associate degree, Bioscience Regulatory Assurance Technologist Technical Certificate of Credit and the Bioscience Environmental Laboratory Technologist Technical Certificate of Credit. Biotechnologists work in the field of Bioscience to examine the biological aspects of living organisms in an effort to develop solutions and products for tomorrow.

If it breathes, eats or sleeps, we study it! Biotechnology technicians gain employment in private, governmental or educational laboratories that perform research in basic or applied science or in the development of therapeutic proteins, pharmaceuticals or medical devices.

For information on the new bioscience program contact Barry Bates at 404.225.4583 SUMMER • 2012


Rachel Young, Electrical

Shontica Wallace, Auto Collision

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ProGrAm ProFiLe surgical technician program to begin in August Atlanta Tech introduces new surgical technician program to meet the demand for qualified workers


he Atlanta area has been designated as one of the nation’s top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest employment level for surgical technicians.¹In order to meet market demand for qualified professionals in this field, Atlanta Technical College has introduced a world-class educational program designed to transform students from medical novices into highly trained specialists, in an average of two years. Students enrolled in the program will gain work-related experience in the surgical simulation suites housed in the new $14.8 million Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Complex, located on the Atlanta Tech campus. Surgical 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 the 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 the Atlanta Technical College program will be given a well-rounded education that provides them with skills to excel in the medical field. Instructors are first-class medical professionals, working in the field while teaching, ensuring that they are able to impart the most up-to-date information on industry trends and techniques. Upon completion of the program, students will find that they have the aptitude and confidence to successfully perform their duties in the best medical facilities in the world.

For information on the Surgical Technologist program, contact Kimberly Carter at 404-225-4509 or Atlanta Technical College does not guarantee employment, but our current job placement rate is 98 percent.


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the application period for the surgical technician program will commence in may 2012, with the first cohort of students entering August 2012. Applicants who wish to establish a foundation in medical terminology and supporting instruction may enroll in the health Care science technical Certificate of Credit program prior to the program’s enrollment period.

Annual mean wage for surgical technicians in the Atlanta area: $40,500.

Dental Hygiene is coming to ATC!

According to Forbes Magazine, dental hygiene is one of the fastest growing careers in the nation and the average salary for a hygienist is $67,000. Beginning summer 2012, Atlanta Technical College will accept applications for the new dental hygiene program. Contact Candace Marshall at 404.225.4473 or and discover how your road to success can begin today.

Earn a Degree in Paralegal Studies The argument:

The paralegal studies program at Atlanta Technical College:

1. Offers students quick entry into the legal field 2. Helps students develop the skills that employers seek 3. Is affordable and convenient


Atlanta Technical College is guilty of providing a first-class learning experience for people who are interested in the legal field. Contact Phoebe Coquerel at 404-225-4546 or for information.

Courses available online or on campus SUMMER • 2012


ProGrAm ProFiLe the business of

making you a success Atlanta Technical College offers business management courses and programs to help you become a stronger candidate for jobs and promotions


ou have the ambition and motivation—but you need the technical knowledge to get ahead in your career. Atlanta Technical College offers a host of business management courses that can give you the practical knowledge you need to manage an office, oversee personnel, and reach your personal and professional goals. Students enrolled in these programs learn to become effective strategists, decision makers, budgeters, and implementers of change. They gain a wealth of practical experience and leave Atlanta Technical College with skills that can be put to work in the workplace immediately. The Business Management program at Atlanta Technical College gives students an option of completing the Business Management associate degree, Business Management diploma or Human Resource Management Specialist Certificate program.

Business Management Associate Degree

The Business Management associate degree program prepares students to lead in the business world. Students explore the fundamentals of business operations, day-to-day corporate management strategies, and personnel management. Through technical courses such as Principles of Management, Managerial Accounting and Finance, Employment Law, Business Regulations and Compliance, Leadership, Business Ethics, Human Resource Management, Performance Management, and Employee Training and Development, participants gain the skills that today’s employers desire. Graduates of the program receive a Business Management degree with a specialization in General Management, Small Business Management, Service Sector Management, Operations Management or Human Resource Management. Upon completion of the degree program, graduates enter the workforce prepared to perform management and supervisory functions such as employee training, labor relations, employee evaluation, employee counseling, office management and disciplinary action.

Business Management Diploma

The Business Management diploma program can be used as a building block for the business management associate degree or as a means to prepare for entry into a management position in a variety of businesses and industries. Over the course of a few semesters, students are armed with the philosophies, policies, procedures and practices that relate to the management of people within an organization, including personnel planning, work design, staffing, training, performance appraisal, compensation and employee protection. Courses such as Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development, Basic Psychology, Business Math, and Managerial Accounting and Finance, emphasize interpersonal skills, critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication.

Human Resources Management Specialist Certificate

The Human Resource Management Specialist Certificate program is a professional certification program that prepares individuals to excel in the human resources department in most companies and nonprofit agencies. Students are taught how to identify and comply with employment and labor laws, craft and implement human resources policies and procedures, apply performance management and disciplinary action, and oversee employee engagement activities. Upon completion of the program, students can enter the workforce immediately or apply the courses taken for the Human Resources Management Specialist certificate to the degree or diploma program in business management. For more information on the business management programs, contact Mrs. Roach at 404-225-4563 or To apply for one of the programs, contact the Office of Admission at 404-225-4461 or visit

median annual wages for office and administrative support worker supervisors and managers were $45,790 in may 2008.¹


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¹Data courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition.

Best-in-CLAss student of the Year

ConGrAtuLAtions to Lanette holloman, Business management

racheal davila Cosmetology

Johnnny Ly Pharmacy Technology

racheal davila

Air Conditioning Technology

finalists Lanette holloman Business Management


the Aim goals and objective are as follows: Increase cultural awareness • Embrace diversity • Strive for academic excellence • Improve time management Foster brotherhood • Teach financial literacy • Develop decision making skills

Derashay Worthen, Lead Outreach Counselor 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW Atlanta, GA 30310 404.756.2708

BreAKFAst And LunCh ProVided CAMP REGISTRATION COST: $50.00 Registration cost covers transportation for College Tour and 2 guest tickets for the banquet. Parent Orientation is May 2, 2011 at 6:00pm at Atlanta Technical College

reGistrAtion Forms Are due April 15, 2012

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amoura Jones, chair of the Culinary Arts and Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Management (HRT) department, has been named the 2012 Instructor of the Year for Atlanta Technical College. As Instructor of the Year, Jones receives the Atlanta Technical College Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education and will proceed to regional preliminary judging for the state Rick Perkins Award, presented by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Under Jones’ leadership, the culinary arts and hotel, restaurant and travel management programs have flourished. In 2011, culinary student Sheila Davis was awarded the John Piskor Scholarship by the American Culinary Institute, Annette Flynn, another culinary student, was awarded the Chefs of the World: A Taste of Fame Scholarship, and the Atlanta Technical College Culinary Arts team placed third in the nation in the Culinary Management Institute competition. Hotel, restaurant and travel major Aleksandra Mora has advanced to the second level of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship competition; along with two other hotel, restaurant and travel students, Alan J. Cobbs and Nia Turner, she received the Marriott Marquis Scholarship. The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death. The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.


Harry Brockington electronics instructor


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Frederick Brown english instructor

Robbie Howard pharmacy technician instructor

Best-in-CLAss Atlanta tech faculty acknowledged by nisod Atlanta Technical College is pleased to share that 10 of its faculty members are recipients of the 2012 Excellence Award presented by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). The NISOD honors and recognizes educators across the nation for excelling in the profession. The Atlanta Technical College honorees have been invited to attend the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence ceremony in Austin, Texas, May 27-30, 2012.

The 2012 faculty recipients are: robbie howard

Faculty/Pharmacy Technology

Becky tolson

Faculty/Dental Laboratory Technology

helen Burkhalter

Faculty/EMT and Paramedic Technology

oliver simmons

Faculty/Aviation Maintenance Technology

Cedric haney

Faculty/Air Conditioning Technology

shunda ware


Patricia miller


sonya mcCoy-wilson

Faculty/Arts and Sciences - English

Barry Bates

Faculty/Arts and Sciences - Biology and Anatomy

debra saunders

Dean, Arts and Sciences SUMMER • 2012


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Tech Talk - Summer 2012