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Winter Quarter 2010 SPRING QUARTER 2011

Atlanta Technical College: Georgia’s Best Technical College


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Apply by March 3, 2011 for Spring Quarter • Apply by May 26, 2011 for Summer Quarter

From the President The Atlanta Technical College community is looking forward to unlimited possibilities in 2011. We cut the ribbon on the new Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Building in December and welcomed students and faculty from our sister college in Detmold, Germany, Felix Fechenbach Berufskolleg, for a two-week visit. We anticipate the opening of our new library in early spring, and with transition from quarters to semesters (Q2S) and the implementation of the Reading Oasis, we are already quite busy. We invite you to join the excitement! Atlanta Technical College provides opportunities for education and career preparation in more than 100 programs of study in the areas of business and public service technologies, health and public safety technologies, and industrial and transportation technologies. Rigorous academic preparation is complemented by global awareness activities and community service. The work that we do on our campus is influenced by our core values and fortified by our strategic planning initiatives. Washington Monthly magazine has named Atlanta Technical College as one of the top fifty community colleges in the nation for 2010, and the college was among the four finalists for the Governor Sonny Perdue Award for the Technical College of the Year. We celebrate these recognitions knowing that our work is not yet done. As 2011 progresses, we will continue to explore new academic programs, we will strengthen our partnerships with business and industry, and we pledge to continue our efforts to provide extreme hospitality to our internal and external customers. photo by Ron Witherspoon

The opportunities are vast and our potential is yet untapped. I invite you to visit our website ( to learn more about Atlanta Technical College and to explore the unlimited possibilities that await!

With warm regards,

Our Mission Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, located in the city of Atlanta, is an accredited institution of higher education that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunities, associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-art technology. The integration of academics and applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, and communities of Fulton and Clayton counties. TechNIcal ceRTIFIcaTeS OF cReDIT (Tccs) These short-term training programs generally take two quarters or less to complete. Students who enroll in TCCs may qualify for the HOPE Grant and typically take the classes to enhance their existing job skills or to acquire very specific skills that may help them reach short-term goals. For example, many students studying Computer Information Systems elect to take a TCC that will allow them to achieve CISCO Systems specialization. The same goes for healthcare students who enroll in our Patient Care Assisting TCC in hopes of landing a specific type of entry-level job.

DIPlOMa PROGRaMS Atlanta Technical College offers a wide variety of diploma programs which typically take four to six quarters to complete. We offer studies in several areas, including Business, Media, & Information Technology; Technical and Skilled Trades; and Health & Human Services. On the following pages you’ll find listings for dozens of programs, many of which offer day and evening classes. Eligible students enrolled in diploma programs may qualify for financial aid including the HOPE Grant.

aSSOcIaTe DeGReeS Want to earn an associate degree? Atlanta Technical College is interested in helping you achieve that goal. Our college now offers students the chance to graduate with an Associate of Applied Technology degree in Hotel/ Restaurant/Tourism Management, Health Information Technology, Accounting, Marketing, Computer Information Systems, Early Childhood Care and Education, Fire Science, Pharmacy Technology, and Paralegal Studies. These programs take about two years to complete and, like all of our programs, are designed with the needs and expectations of industry in mind. Eligible students enrolled in associate degree programs may qualify for financial aid and/or the HOPE Scholarship.

For more information about what we have to offer, visit or call us today at 404.225.4461. A set forth in its catalog, Atlanta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). For further information regarding these laws (Title Vl, lX and Section 504/ADA) contact Harriet A. Ferrell, equity officer/career, planner/special needs, Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland Dennard Building, Student Affairs Division, Suite 163 B, 404.225.4462. Email: 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.


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

ADMISSION CHECKLIST • Complete and submit the Application for Admission along with the one-time nonrefundable $20 application fee. Please note that ATC sets quarterly application and testing deadlines. All students applying for admission to Atlanta Technical College (ATC) must be 16 years of age or older; however, certain program standards may require that an applicant be 18 or older.

Please have all transcripts sent to:

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

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

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

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

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

Programs of Study BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Accounting Business Administrative Technology Computer Programming Database Specialist Management and Supervisory Development Marketing Management Networking Specialist Paralegal Studies Visual Communications Diplomas: Accounting Business Administrative Technology Computer Programming Database Specialist Management and Supervisory Development Marketing Management Networking Specialist Paralegal Studies Visual Communications Technical Certificates of Credit: Computerized Accounting Specialist Computer Hardware and Network Technician C++ Programmer Certified Customer Service Specialist CISCO Network Specialist Database Administrator General Office Assistant Human Resource Management Specialist

JAVA Programmer Linux/UNIX System Administrator Microsoft Advanced Networking Microsoft Excel Application User Microsoft Office Applications Professional Microsoft Word Application Professional Office Accounting Specialist Paralegal Fundamentals Payroll Accounting Specialist PC Repair and Network Technician Small Business Marketing Manager GENERAL EDUCATION Technical Certificates of Credit: Technical Communications Economic Development Technical Certificates of Credit: Certified Warehousing and Distribution Specialist PUBLIC SERVICE TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Early Childhood Care & Education Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Diplomas: Barbering Cosmetology Culinary Arts Early Childhood Care & Education

Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management Technical Certificates of Credit: Assistant Food Service Purchasing Agent Barbering for Cosmetologists Culinary Nutrition Assistant Culinary Nutrition Manager Early Childhood Exceptionalities Early Childhood Program Administration Infant and Toddler Child Care Specialist Prep Cook Shampoo Technician HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES AND PUBLIC SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Fire Science Technology Health Information Technology Pharmacy Technology Physical Therapist Assistant Diplomas: Dental Assisting Dental Laboratory Technology Fire Science Technology Health Information Technology Medical Assisting Paramedic Technology Pharmacy Technology Practical Nursing Technical Certificates of Credit: Basic Dental Assisting Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

Emergency Medical Technician -Intermediate Firefighter I Firefighter II Healthcare Assistant Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist Medical Billing Clerk Medical Coding Medical Language Specialist Patient Care Assisting Patient Care Technician Pharmacy Assistant Phlebotomy Technician Qualified Medication Aide INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES AND TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES Degrees: Procurement Supply Chain Management Diplomas: Air Conditioning Technology Automotive Collision Repair Automotive Technology Aviation Maintenance Technology Avionics Maintenance Technology Carpentry Diesel Equipment Technology Drafting Electrical Construction & Maintenance Electronics Fundamentals Electronics Technology Plumbing Supply Chain Management Welding and Joining Technology

Technical Certificates of Credit: Air Conditioning Technician Assistant Advanced Architectural Drafting Specialist Automotive Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Technician Automotive Body Repair Assistant Automotive Brake Technician Automotive Collision Major Repair Assistant Automotive Electrical/ Electronic Systems Technician Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning Technician Automotive Manual Drive Train & Axle Repair Technician Automotive Suspension & Steering Technician Aviation Maintenance Technician Avionics Bench Technician Basic CAD Drafter CAD Operator-Architectural Certified Construction Worker Commercial Truck Driving Construction Superintendent Residential Diesel Drivability Performance Specialist Diesel Electrical & Electronics Systems Technician Diesel Truck Maintenance Technician Framing Carpenter

Heating & Air Conditioning Installation Technician Industrial Electrical Controls Technician Plumbing Service & Systems Specialist Residential Plumbing Supply Chain Management Specialist



Take aDvaNTaGe of our affordable enrollment rates Don’t wait to experience what Atlanta Tech can offer.

apply by March 3, 2011 for spring quarter Spring 2011

Summer 2011

Orientation/Registration March 18 10, 2, and 5:30 pm

Apply by May 26, 2011

Late Registration March 29 10, 2, and 5:30 pm

Orientation/Registration June 10 10, 2, and 5:30 pm

Quarter Begins/ Classes Start March 30

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Quarter Begins/Classes Start June 21 Drop/Add June 21-23

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 xpanded 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 $27 registration fee and a $16 student activity fee and a $4 insurance fee. Out-of-state students’ tuition fees are calculated at twice the resident tuition fees. International students’ tuition fees are calculated at four times the resident tuition fees. In addition to tuition and mandatory fees, other fees include a non-refundable $20 application fee, a $30 late registration fee, and a $35 graduation fee. Please note that the Georgia Student Finance Commission will not cover the $35 Instructional and Technology Support Fee. Please visit Banner Web at 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.



Although Atlanta Technical College is a great value and one of the most affordable institutions for a quality education in the Atlanta region, most applicants request financial assistance to meet the expense of a college education.


Many grants and scholarships require applicants to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Here are six easy steps to beginning the process: 1.

GO to to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You can request a paper application by calling 1-800-433-3243. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913. 2.

SELECT the school year for which you are applying for financial aid.

If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, click the 2011-2012 School Year. If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, click the 2010-2011 School Year. 3.

CHOOSE “Atlanta Technical College” - our school code is 008543.


COMPLETE all requested items.

If you have unusual circumstances that might affect your financial situation (such as loss of employment), complete the form to the extent you can, submit it as instructed, and consult with the financial aid office at Atlanta Technical College. 5.

SIGN the document.

If you are a high school student or underage, your form may require both your signature and a parent’s. If you complete the application online, both you and your parent will need to apply for a federal PIN (electronic signature) at 6.


Submit the form online at or by mail to Federal Student Aid Programs, P.O. Box 7002, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0072 After your application is processed, you will receive a summary of your information in a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you provide an e-mail address, your SAR will be sent by e-mail within 3-5 days. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your SAR will be mailed to you within three weeks. To check the status of your FAFSA, go to or call 1-800-433-3243.


The PELL Grant Program provides federal assistance to students who demonstrate financial need as defined by the U. S. Department of Education. · PELL recipients must be enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program of study and must not have attained a baccalaureate degree or a first professional degree. · Normally, all associate degree and diploma programs are eligible for a Pell grant. However, many of the technical certificate of credit (TCC) programs do not meet the qualifications eligibility for a Pell grant. A current listing of the Pell eligible TCCs can be found at pdf. Award amounts vary, based on individual need as determined by federal methodology and quarterly federal credit hours. ·

Apply for the PELL grant online at

· Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (PELL, SEOG, FWS, or LEAP).

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship Program

There are currently two components of the HOPE Scholarship Program available to Atlanta Tech students. The HOPE grant component is available to students enrolled in a certificate or diploma program of study. Recipients are eligible for a maximum of 95-quarter hours of HOPE grant payment. Exception: Students enrolled in a program of study that requires more than 95 hours to complete may receive funding up to a maximum of 130 hours. The maximum paid hours of eligibility for these students is based on the number of hours required for their program of study. The HOPE scholarship component is awarded to HOPE scholars enrolled in an associate degree (AAT or AAS) program of study. HOPE scholars are students who graduate from a Georgia high school with this distinguished honor or students who are ‘grandfathered’ into the program after attempting a minimum of 45 associate or baccalaureate degree credit hours with a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA at the required checkpoints. HOPE scholarship applicants must complete an ATC HOPE Scholarship Application. The attempted hours limit is 190-quarter hours. Combined HOPE Grant and Scholarship Limit: In addition to the HOPE grant paid hours limit and the attempted HOPE scholarship paid hours limit, there is a combined limit of 190-quarter hours. If the student reaches the combined limit prior to reaching the grant or scholarship paid hours limit, said student will no longer qualify for grant or scholarship assistance. The HOPE award amount = cost of tuition + approved fees + HOPE book allowance. The approved Atlanta Technical College fees include registration fees, student activity fees, and insurance fees, for a maximum of $42.00 per quarter. The HOPE award does not cover the $35.00 technology fee or the malpractice insurance fees (which are required for certain health related programs of study). Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional requirements and limitations.

Georgia HERO Scholarship

The Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship Program was created to provide financial aid to students seeking a postsecondary education who are current members of the Georgia National Guard or the United States Military Reserves (or their children) deployed overseas on active service on or after February 1, 2003 to a location designated as a combat zone. It is also available for spouses if the guard or reservist was killed in the combat zone, died as a result of injuries received in the combat zone, sustained 100 percent disability in the combat zone, or became 100 percent disabled as a result of injuries received in the combat zone. The maximum amount awarded to an eligible student is $2,000 per award year, for no more than four award years.

Law Enforcement Personnel Grant (LEPD)

Georgia’s Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents (LEPD) Grant program provides assistance to the dependent children of law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and corrections officers/prison guards permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty who plan to attend eligible public and private institutions in Georgia. The maximum award is $2,000 per academic year, not to exceed a total of $8,000 for four academic years.

Public Safety Grant

The Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GPSM) Grant provides educational assistance for the cost of attending eligible public postsecondary institutions in Georgia to the dependent children of Georgia Public Safety Officers permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. The grant covers a student’s total cost of attendance that is not covered by other student financial aid.

Atlanta Technical College Office of Financial Aid • 404.225.4716 The Office of Financial Aid offers weekly workshops to assist students and applicants. Counseling services are also available by appointment.

Financial Aid Workshops Main Academic Building - Room 2142 Tuesdays - Noon-2pm • Wednesdays - 4-6pm To apply for the Pell Grant, you will need to bring a copy of your current tax return

*Times and dates subject to change. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to confirm.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This federal program is designed to ‘supplement’ the grant assistance awarded to the neediest PELL grant recipients. Funding for FSEOG is limited and based on the amount of funds allocated to the College each year. Since funds at Atlanta Tech are limited, students who meet the priority deadline date for applying for federal aid have the greatest chance of receiving FSEOG assistance. Students may apply online at Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (PELL, SEOG, FWS, or LEAP).


Community gathers for the grand opening of $14.8 million allied health complex


tlanta Technical College cut the ribbon Friday, December 3, on the new Brenda Watts Jones (BWJ) Allied Health and Technology Complex. The $14.8 million structure is two stories high and covers 70,000 gross square feet. The instructional facility will house 20 state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture spaces, 20 industry-equipped laboratory settings, 14 dental hygiene clinic stations, and 125 computers to support the students in health programs. The BWJ Allied Health and Technology Complex will contain state-of-the-art allied health resources, including Sim-man and Sim-Baby human patient simulators, industry-standard surgical technology learning labs, a simulated apartment for training in in-home care, physical therapy patient clinics and balance centers, electrotherapeutic machines, and computerized nursing stations. The building will also feature panoramic labs, sterilization rooms, operatories, and a dental materials lab, where students will fabricate prosthetics, such as bleaching trays, custom impression trays, alginate impressions, and stone models. Remarks from Ron Jackson, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia; Vincent Fort, State Senator representing the 39th District; Alvetta Peterman Thomas, President of Atlanta Technical College; Dean Alford, Chair of the State Board of Directors for TCSG; and Morris Jones, husband of the late Dr. Brenda Watts Jones; and other community leaders preceded the ribbon cutting. Special guests at the Grand Opening included Virgil Fludd, State Representative from district 66; Eldrin Bell, Chairman of the Clayton County Commission; Dr. Evelyn WynnDixon, Mayor of Riverdale; Marcel Reed, East Point City Councilman; Dr. Alfred Schlicht, The German Deputy Consul General in Atlanta; Khaatim Sherrer El, Chairman of the Atlanta Board of Education; Brenda J. Muhammad, Atlanta Board of Education District 1; and Yolanda Johnson, Atlanta Board of Education District 6. “We broke ground for this facility in December 2007. At that time, the seeds were sown on fertile ground. The Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health and Technology Complex is the fruit of our labors, and the harvest of that fruit can be seen in the thousands of students who will leave here prepared for high-wage, high-performance careers,� said Atlanta Technical College president Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas. Classes are slated to begin in the BWJ Allied Health and Technology Complex in the fall of 2011.

PHOTOS 1. Harold Mitchell, ATC Foundation Board Chair; Todd Lucas, ATC Local Board Chair; Brandon Jones, son of Brenda Watts Jones; Morris Jones, husband of Brenda Watts Jones; Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of ATC; Ron Jackson, Commissioner of TCSG; Bob Holmes, former State Representative; Dean Alford, Chair of the Board of Directors, TCSG; Vincent Fort, State Senator, cut the ribbon on BWJ Complex 2. Students greet guests in the physical therapy lab 3. Dean Alford, Chair of the TCSG Board of Directors, speaks during the formal ceremony 4. State Representative Virgil Fludd and President Thomas tour the building 5. TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson, President Thomas, State Representative Vincent Fort and Robert Alden of TCSG gather before visiting the dental wing 6. Atlanta Tech allied health students greet guests in the hemodialysis lab


7. Nursing students brief Laurie Reid, president of the Atlanta Black Nurses Association, on ATC offerings 8. Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Mayor of the City of Riverdale tours the BWJ Allied Health & Technology Complex










NEWS We are the third fastest growing community college in the nation! The numbers are in, and Community College Weekly has designated Atlanta Technical College as one of the top 10 fastest growing public community colleges in the nation. The college, which had an enrollment increase of 43 percent ranked third in the 2,500-4,999 enrollment category. Atlanta Technical College president Alvetta Peterman Thomas believes that the dramatic increase in enrollment can be attributed to a number of factors. “First, the economic downturn has compelled a great number of people to return to college to enhance their skills or make a major career change,” said Thomas. “Second, many high school graduates have found that community and technical colleges are affordable and viable options for sound career preparation.” Thomas went on to explain that many people enroll in Atlanta Technical College after close examination of the quality and scope of the course offerings. “We offer programs that prepare students to be competitive in emerging job markets. Many people are surprised to discover that Atlanta Tech offers the only ADA accredited dental lab tech program in the state, or that we offer a comprehensive supply chain and logistics management program. Once they take a fresh look at what the college has to offer, they discover that Atlanta Tech is the right fit for them.” Atlanta Technical College hopes to see a continued rise in enrollment by casting a wider net. Later this year, administrators will launch an integrated marketing campaign targeting high school students. The college hopes that these students will take advantage of the dual enrollment programs that will allow them to take college courses and earn credit while completing their high school course work.

Atlanta Tech ranked as one of the nation’s best Washington Monthly recently released its rankings of America’s Best Community Colleges, and Atlanta Technical College has been named one of the best in the country. According to the Washington, D.C.-based magazine, Atlanta Tech is 48th among all U.S. community colleges and the top technical college in Georgia. The rankings were based on two sources: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and graduation rate statistics, compiled by the US Department of Education. Unlike the typical guidebooks that rank four-year colleges, these findings were entirely based on measures with research-proven links to student success.

Atlanta Technical College makes the final four Atlanta Technical College may not be in the NCAA Final Four this upcoming season, but the college was selected as one of four finalists for the First Annual Sonny Perdue Award. The award was created by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia to recognize excellence in technical education. Although the top prize was awarded to Wiregrass Technical College, Atlanta Technical College has many reasons to be proud. (L to R): Dean Alford and Don Chapman of the State Board of TCSG; ATC President Alvetta Peterman Thomas and TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson


Starting March 2011 Atlanta Technical College will be offering programs that are 100% online Accounting • Marketing Management • Paralegal Studies Business Administrative Technology Management & Supervisory Development

Apply by March 3 for Spring Quarter Call 404.225.4461 or click to apply 9 SPRING QUARTER 2011

PROGRAM PROFILE The Health IT Continuing Education Program 51,000 Healthcare/IT professionals will be needed nationwide to assist healthcare providers in complying with the federal mandate for electronic health records. Atlanta Technical College is now the only college in GA selected to train healthcare professionals in IT competencies and IT professionals in healthcare competencies through the Region D Consortium.


Registration February 28-March 10 • Classes begin March 14

Delivery Initially, the continuing education HIT program will offered 100 percent online

Registration March 28-April 7 • Classes begin April 11

Duration The program typically takes six months to complete

For information on the Continuing Education HIT program, call 404.225.4487.

Cost The cost of the course is $178. The fee is due to Atlanta Technical College when the application is submitted. Tuition reimbursement may be available *Students are required to have access to a computer

Persons without a healthcare or IT background who are interested in Health Information Technology should contact the Office of Admission at 404.225.4461 for information on the credit HIT program.

areas of stuDy Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists Workers in this role assist in reorganizing the work of a provider to take full advantage of the features of health IT in pursuit of meaningful use of health IT to improve health and care. Redesign specialists will: • Analyze existing workflow design in use by provider • Integrate information technology functions into workflow • Design processes and information flows that accommodate quality improvement and reporting • Document health information exchange needs and improvement • Work with provider personnel to implement revised workflows • Evaluate process workflows to validate or improve practice’s systems trainers Workers in this role design and deliver training programs, using adult learning principles, to employees in clinical and public health settings. They will be able to: • Use a range of health IT applications, preferably at an expert level • Communicate both health and IT concepts as appropriate • Assess training needs and competencies of learners • Design lesson plans, structuring active learning experiences for users • Track training records of the users and develop learning plans for further instruction Students who complete either training program and pass the competency exam will receive a certificate of completion. *This is a non-credit professional development course.


Funding for this publication and any other related publication printed materials and/or oral presentations is provided by the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, under grant number 90CC0078/01. Said Grant was issued under the authority of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 2009 (P.L. 111-5), Title XIII.

Fire Science REALIzE YOUR DREAM Enroll in the fire science program at Atlanta Technical College NEW evening and Saturday program begins March 2011—enroll NOW! Fire Fighter I & Fire Fighter II Technical Certificates of Credit will be offered on nights and Saturdays Obtain both TCCs and the related state certifications in approximately nine months for information contact Daniel Diehl Battalion Chief (ret.) fire science Coordinator atlanta technical College 404.225.4691 or



According to the State Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Georgia hovered at around 10.2 percent in December 2010. For many out-of-work Georgians, the job outlook will not improve in 2011 unless they make major career changes or upgrade skills. The good news is that unemployed and underemployed Georgians can enroll in Atlanta Technical College and prepare for high-opportunity professions. We have compiled a list of five careers with high growth potential and provided the contact information for the faculty member best equipped to answer questions about the related programs of study.


People who enjoy performing tasks “by the numbers” tend to be well suited for the field of accounting, as it requires analytical and organizational skills. Today’s accountants do not simply prepare taxes; they manage payrolls, track budgets, and provide their organizations’ leadership teams with the information needed to make knowledgeable financial decisions. Demand for accountants has increased due to changes in the tax codes and because of more complicated financial regulations. An employment growth of 22 percent is anticipated over the next eight years, as more jobs are added to the 1.29 million already existing. By the numbers • $60,340 — the median annual wage for accountants and related positions in 2009 • 279,400 — the number of new accounting-related positions expected to be added in the US by 2018 For information on ATC accounting programs, contact Shunda Ware at 404.225.4553 or


Opportunities are endless for workers in the supply chain field. As global commerce increases in frequency and scope, trained personnel are needed to plan, manage, and evaluate every aspect of the logistics process — manufacturing, warehousing, distributing, transporting, and procurement. Virtually every industry relies on supply chain workers to get their product to consumers. By the numbers • $68,000 — the median annual wage for logisticians and related positions in 2009 • 20 percent — the Labor Department estimates that employment in logistics fields should increase by this percentage between 2008 and 2018 For information on ATC supply chain and logistic programs, contact Kemith Thompson at 404.225.4521 or


If the air conditioning in your home has ever gone out of commission during one of Georgia’s legendary hot summers, you are well aware of how critical HVAC technicians are to our way of life. The industry is experiencing growth because new technologies are being utilized to heat and cool homes, cars, and commercial structures. Workers are needed who can install, maintain, assess, and repair these new systems. By the numbers • $41,100 — the median annual wage for HVAC Technicians in 2009 • 57,000 — The number of additional skilled HVAC workers needed each year as stated by the air conditioning and commercial refrigeration industry For information on ATC HVAC programs, contact John Ross at 404.225.4529 or



Atlanta is now a hub for the entertainment industry. While there may be limited opportunities in front of the camera, opportunities behind the camera and in the workrooms abound. Multimedia artists work as graphic artists, animators, game designers, web developers, and more. They combine technical skills with creative savvy to create stunning visual effects, jaw-dropping advertisements, and the marketing imagery that makes corporate brands instantly recognizable. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this field offers the best opportunity for people seeking arts-related employment because they can seek employment with production studios, advertising agencies, corporations, or work as freelancers. By the numbers • $58,250 — the median annual wage for multimedia artists in 2009 • 11,200 — the number of new multimedia arts-related positions expected to be added in the US by 2018 For information on ATC visual communications programs, contact Anthony Randolph at 404.225.4552 or


Helping people can be emotionally and fiscally rewarding. Physical therapy assistants are present in nursing homes, clinics, private practices, sports locker rooms, and hospitals, working under the supervision of physical therapists to aid patients in the recovery process. They administer electrical stimulation, ultrasounds, gait and balance training, mechanical traction, and other therapeutic methods. While workers in this field must have good people skills, keen observation skills are equally critical to their success as they often serve as medical historians, recording the patient’s responses to exercises and treatments. This field is projected to surge as baby boomers advance in age and require rehabilitative services. By the numbers • $46,140 — the median annual wage for physical therapist assistants in 2008 • 33 percent — the Labor Department estimates that employment in physical therapy should increase by this percentage between 2008 and 2018 For information on ATC physical therapist assistant programs, contact Queenston Thorpe, PT, MS, MCSP at 404.225.4557 or Atlanta Technical College is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: (703) 706-3245; The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status nor does it assure that the program will be granted Accreditation.

*Salary and job-growth projections courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. News & World Report Top Careers for 2011

7 SIGNS YOU MAY NEED TO RETOOL You are: 1. Concerned about job security. 2. Unable to find a secure employment in your existing field. 3. Recently downsized. 4. Graduating from high school and looking to prepare for the world of work. 5. A GED success story and need a real option for a strong career. 6. Aspiring to do something different. 7. Looking to improve your skills to advance or keep your position.

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in gear! The U.S. Will Need More Than 539,000 Commercial Truck Drivers

Atlanta Technical College has designed the commercial truck driving certificate program to prepare you for one of the fastest growing industries. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to take the Georgia State Commercial Driving Test and obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL) Class A. In just 10-weeks you can complete all three CDL courses • Fundamentals of Commercial Truck Driving – CTD 101 • Basic Commercial Truck Driving – CTD 102 • Advanced Commercial Truck Driving – CTD 103 Contact Mike Simpson at 404.225.4514 or for information.


More than 50% of the products made in the U.S. require welding. If you are looking to heat things up in 2011, consider a career in WELDING Which of the following products rely on welding?

Automobiles Bridges Ships Computers Aircrafts Medical devices Oil rigs Farm equipment Cell phones Scooters MP3 players Answer: All of them * Data courtesy of the American Welding Society To start your career in Welding Technology contact Byron Hicks, Department Chair at 404.225.4518 or

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Hotel/Restaurant/ Tourism Management Atlanta Technical College’s Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Program rises to the industry’s demand for knowledgeable and efficient hospitality leaders, providing students with a practical as well as hands-on approach to learning. Students will receive an associate’s degree upon completion that will launch them into the exciting world of hospitalitymanagement. This program will prepare you for jobs such as: Front office manager • Concierge • Sales manager • Assistant restaurant manager Travel agency manager • Convention & meeting/event service manager • Purchasing manager For more information, contact Tamoura Jones at 404.225.4549 or


Kenneth Hudson, one of the first African-American referees in the NBA and a former executive with The Coca-Cola Company, served as the keynote speaker for the Annual ATC M.L.K. Celebra-

Photo by Susan Ross


tion. During his speech, Hudson challenged students to commit to both self-improvement and community service, stating that one cannot truly be a success until one reaches back and helps someone else find the road to success.

Anthony Randolph (far right), chair of the Visual Communications Department at Atlanta Technical College, served as the moderator for a panel entitled The New Frontier: Digital Gaming in the ATL, at the BronzeLens Film Festival held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. Randolph led the discussion on how gaming is gaining in popularity and opening the door to new streams of revenue and employability. Panelists included Asante Bradford, the Digital Entertainment Liaison for the Georgia Film, Music, and Video division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Nicole Wright, Business Development Manager, Advanced Communication, and Information Technology, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce; Deborah Thomas, CEO and President, Silly Monkey; Faith Kutulu of ABL Creative; and Chris Rickwood of Rickwood Music.

David Johnston, a nationally recognized trainer in green technology, conducted a two-day workshop for ATC faculty and students from Industrial Technology programs. The curriculum was derived from his book Green from the Ground Up, and included lessons on Photovoltaics, Solar Hot Water, Construction and Demolition Recycling, Minimizing Construction Impact, Climate-Appropriate Landscaping, LEED for Homes, the NAHB Green Building Program, and Marketing Yourself as a Green Builder.


Start a Great Career in ELECTRONICS A career in electronics can lead to all sorts of wonderful opportunities. Do you like working with your hands and working closely with a team to solve problems? Are you a troubleshooter? If so, the Electronics Program at Atlanta Tech might be perfect for you. Atlanta Tech students can specialize in digital electronics, communications electronics, telecom electronics, or general electronics. Students graduate with either a diploma or a technical certificate of credit. Most of our electronics students are employed in the field before they graduate.

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For more information, contact Marvin Passmore at 404.225.4514 or


Earn $100,000 per year! Atlanta Technical College seeks motivated students for its Avionics Maintenance Technology program. With experience, avionics technicians earn more than $100,000 annually, and those new to the field make about $42,000. Atlanta Tech also offers an Aviation Maintenance Technology program for those who wish to diagnose problems and repair aircrafts. Contact Mike Nwokocha at 404.225.4697 or


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