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Tech Talk

From the President


ur world is changing every day, and there are new ideas about the way we contribute to the workforce in our local community and around the world.

According to a report released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, there will be 47 million new jobs in the United States workforce by 2018. More than 30 percent of those jobs will require an associate’s degree, technical diploma, or technical certificate—credentials awarded at Atlanta Technical College. Our campus fosters lifelong learning, and we serve a diverse student body that represents all ages, cultures, and educational backgrounds. With staff who are well-respected professionals in their respective fields, we offer more than 100 high-tech degree, diploma, and technical certificate of credit programs in industrial and transportation technologies, health and public safety technologies, and business and public service technologies.

photo by Ron Witherspoon

Atlanta Technical College is a place to discover the life-changing power of education. We work hard to prepare students for a high-wage, high-performance career, and I invite you to visit our campus to explore the diversity of our students, faculty and programs. There is something for everyone at Atlanta Technical College and we look forward to your joining our community!

Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, President of Atlanta Technical College

Our Mission

Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, located in the city of Atlanta, is an accredited institution of higher education that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunities, associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-art technology. The integration of academics and applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, and communities of Fulton and Clayton counties.


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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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.

Summer 2013 Programs


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 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 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 Photographer Microsoft Word Application Professional Office Accounting Specialist Paralegal Fundamentals Payroll Accounting Specialist PC Repair and Network Technician Small Business Marketing Manager Six Sigma Quality Assurance Specialist Six Sigma Quality Assurance Professional


Technical Certificates of Credit: Technical Specialist


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 Science Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist Medical Language Specialist Patient Care Assistant Pharmacy Assistant Phlebotomy Technician


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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Take Advantage of our affordable enrollment rates



Important Dates March 26

New student orientation on and registration Industrial and Transportation Technologies Programs 10 am and 4 pm

March 27

New student orientation on and registration – Business and Public Service Technologies Programs 10 am and 4 pm

March 28

New student orientation on and registration – Health and Public Safety Programs and Arts & Science Programs 10 am and 4 pm

April 18

Summer term application and document deadline

May 15

Late registration (Late fees apply)

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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Current Version Of GED® Test To Expire In

December 2013 Atlanta Technical College testing center encourages people to finish and pass the test before the deadline and not lose credits


fficials with the Atlanta Technical College GED® testing center are urg-

the TCSG director of GED testing for adult education. “We have a large

ing students to “Make 2013 your year, and don’t get left behind” by fin-

number of Georgians who have not completed the test so we want to be

ishing the current version of the GED test before it expires at the end of 2013.

sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

The version used now will be replaced nationally with a new GED test on January 2, 2014.

The cost to take the five-part GED test is $160. Students can take advantage of Georgia’s free test preparation classes and people who cannot afford

Those who have taken the current GED test, but not passed all five parts,

the expense of the test may be eligible for financial assistance, said Beverly

have until the end of 2013 to pass. All partially-completed tests and scores

Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education.

will expire at the end of the year, meaning those students who do not act now will have to start completely over again in 2014 with the new GED test in

Interested GED test-takers can contact the Atlanta Technical College GED®

order to receive their high school equivalency credential.

testing center at (404) 225-4468. To prepare for the GED, interested persons can contact the Atlanta Technical College Adult Education Department at

The changes set for next year are part of an update by the national GED Test-

(404) 225-5050 or email

ing Service in Washington, D.C. The GED test is administered in Georgia by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Office of Adult Education. “The GED test helps adults earn a high school equivalency credential as well as open doors to college and better job opportunities,” said Latanya Overby,

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Atlanta tech selected as a top digital community college

For the second consecutive year, Atlanta Technical College (ATC) has made the Center for Digital Education and Convergence magazine’s list of top 10 tech-savvy community colleges. Ranked fourth in the nation among small community colleges, ATC was recognized for its commitment to alleviating the negative impact of the digital divide by ensuring that all students have access to computers and firstrate equipment. The 2012 rankings were based on the results from the eighth 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 education, technology training for students and faculty, campus Security alerts, use of Web 2.0 social and collaborative capabilities as well as online tutoring and advisory services.

Apply now for summer term at Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Technical College is now accepting applications for the summer 2013 term. Although the term is shorter than the fall and spring semesters, the college will offer a full battery of courses. Support services such as the library, student success center and the reading oasis will also operate on a full schedule to provide summer students with comprehensive tutoring, coaching and academic support. Classes begin Tuesday, May 21. The application and document deadline for summer session is April 18. Prospective students should complete an application—available online at or in the Admissions Office— provide an official high school or college transcript and sit for the compass test prior to April 18 to avoid late registration fees. Atlanta Technical College offers 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. The college provides an exceptional education to a diverse group of students, younger and older people, high school and college graduates, persons with special needs, and persons with varied backgrounds, training requirements, and interests. There are more than 60 countries represented on campus and all students are encouraged to be engaged in the social and academic life of the college and their community.


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Rev. Jesse Jackson

challenges ATC students to be ‘Agents of Change’

Renowned speaker and civil rights activist, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., kicked off The Atlanta Technical College Distinguished Speaker Series for the 2012-2013 academic year on October 11. More than 300 students and faculty assembled to hear Jackson’s thoughts on the Price of Freedom. During the 45-minute speech, Jackson asked attendees to become “Agents-of-change.” He explained that it was not enough for people to put people in leadership positions via the vote; they too had to stand up and make changes their communities. Prior to the speaking before the Atlanta Technical College student body and community friends, Rev. Jackson held a meeting with participants of the Atlanta Technical Institute for Males (AIM). The AIM program’s mission is to increase enrollment and retention of minority males interested in personal development by addressing recidivism, pursuing post-secondary education, cultural diversity exposure, and fostering civic engagement. Reverend Jackson encouraged the nearly two dozen young men to overcome all obstacles that come between them and their goals. He shared that a “Man” is able to ask for and accept help when it is warranted. And that same man understands that it is his responsibility to reach back and help someone else who may be struggling.

Financing Your Education Although Atlanta Technical College is 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. Here is your guide to some great financial aid options.

WHERE TO START 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, 2013 and June 30, 2014, click the 2013-2014 School Year.

3. CHOOSE “Atlanta Technical College” - our school code is 008543. 4. COMPLETE all requested items. If you or your family has 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. FILE your FAFSA. 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. Students who wish to apply for state aid only may complete the online application process at Create an account Complete the Georgia Student Financial Aid Application System (GSFAPPS) Application. Important Note: Students who are over age 24, married or have children are considered Independent. Students who are under age 24, not married or have no children are considered Dependent. It is highly recommended that all applicants complete the FAFSA so that consideration can be given for all SFA programs.

Deadline Dates Students must complete the FASFA each year to be considered for financial aid for the next academic year. Traditionally, the FASFA application for the upcoming academic year is posted online at each January. The academic year is July 1 – June 30, and the priority deadline date is March 1. If you plan to attend fall 2013, you should complete the FASFA now and select 2013-2014 School Year.

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Federal PELL Grant Program (PELL) 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 Pell eligible. However, many of the technical certificates of credit (TCCs) programs do not meet the qualifications for Pell. A current listing of the Pell Eligible TCCs can be found at Students may apply online at Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, FWS or Student Loans).

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. Thus funds are not available for all students who meet the eligibility criteria for this award. 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 Grant, SEOG, FWS or student loans).

The Most Common Forms Of Aid The 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 and United States Military Reserves (or their children) who were 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, or died as a result of injuries received in the combat zone, or 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.

The Georgia Public Safety Grant The Georgia Public Safety Memorial (GPSM) Grant provides educational assistance for the cost of attending public Eligible 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.


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Federal Work Study (FWS) Program Federally funded, this program encourages part-time employment and participation in community service activities such as the America Reads initiative. Normally employed in departments on campus, FWS students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater. FWS offers student employees an opportunity for financial assistance, exposure to real work experiences, development of positive work ethics and time management skills. Students may apply online at Students with a developmental admission type do not qualify for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, FWS, or student loans).

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. Beginning with the fall term of 2004, all hours for which a student received HOPE Grant payment, retroactive to summer semester 2003, are counted as Paid-Hours. Recipients are eligible for a maximum of 63 semester hours of HOPE Grant payment. 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 30 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 127 semester hours. Students who graduate from high school as HOPE Scholars have a maximum of seven years to utilize their HOPE Scholarship benefits. After seven years from the high school graduation date, the student ceases to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship. The HOPE award amount is equivalent to 71.47059% of the cost of tuition. This percentage is subject to change based on regulatory updates received from the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional requirements and limitations.

Proud to serve those who have served! New educational funding options make a college education more accessible to Veterans

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). In 2011, Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in the act was the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) provision that provides up to 12 months of education and training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The goal of the program is to prepare veterans for high demand civilian careers. VRAP participants must enroll in a VA approved training or education program offered by a technical or community college. Studies must lead to an Associate Degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit. For application information and a list of approved high demand programs of study visit VRAP criteria: • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old • Unemployed on the date of application • Received an other than dishonorable discharge • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance) • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits Former service personnel, their survivors, and dependents may be eligible for Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits. Atlanta Tech is pleased to offer programs that are approved for veterans and their eligible dependents. To determine your eligibility, please contact the Atlanta Tech Veterans Affairs Office for assistance. Apply: If this is your initial claim, complete an Application for Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). This can be completed on line at or paper applications can be obtained from the Atlanta Technical College (ATC) Veteran’s Affairs Office. The Veteran’s Affairs Regional Office will process your application and send you a Certification of Eligibility if you qualify. Upon receiving a Certification of Eligibility, you should submit a copy of it, your DD214, and your class schedule to the ATC VA Office. If you have previously filed for VA Educational Benefits, and have received a Certification of Eligibility (CE) from the VA or if a CE is pending, you should just submit a copy of it, your DD214, and your class schedule to the ATC VA Office. Certify: Once you have submitted the documentation described above, the VA Rep will validate your enrollment and send a certification to the appropriate VA Regional Office. This is called the Enrollment Certification Process. Since you cannot be paid for your benefits until the VA rep certifies your enrollment, and he or she cannot certify your enrollment until he has your class schedule, you must remember to submit a copy of your class schedule at the beginning of each semester.

You Now Have a New Option for Financing Your Education! Direct Student Loan Program Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans are low-interest loans designed to help students pay for their educational costs. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education (the Department), though the entity the student deals with, a loan servicer, can be a private business. The subsidized student loan is based on financial need and the interest is paid by the government while the student is in school at least half-time. A student may qualify for an unsubsidized student loan even if they do not have financial need. However, recipients of unsubsidized loans are responsible for the interest that accrues while they are in school.

Students interested in applying for a loan must complete the FAFSA at There is an option on the application where they can indicate an interest in student loans. Once the FASFA application is complete, eligible students are notified of an estimated amount they may qualify to receive in loans. Upon enrollment or re-enrollment in Atlanta Technical College, students must log in to their banner web accounts and accept the loan. The final amount awarded may vary based on course schedule, available funds and other determining factors. Students must complete online entrance counseling, and sign-off on the Master Promissory Note before loans are processed. Both actions are done online at

Annual loan limits Dependent Students


Combination of subsidized & unsubsidized

1st Year



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Independent Students


Combination of subsidized & unsubsidized

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For questions on student loan programs contact Thomas Haskins at or 404.225.4665.

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There is something for everyone at

Atlanta Tech! Spend the summer preparing for the best jobs of 2013

US News and World Report recently release its list of the Best Jobs for 2013. Editors took into account wage potential and projected openings. We are highlighting 10 of the top fields that can you prepare for today, by obtaining a technical certificate of credit, diploma or associate degree from Atlanta Technical College. To apply for these programs, contact the Office of Admissions at (404) 225-4461 or complete an online application at The department chairperson for each program is also listed below the program entry. They are available to answer any questions you may have about program enrollment.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Audit Clerk

Construction Manager


Median Salary $34,740

Median Salary $84,240

Median Salary $30,710

Accounting contact— Shunda Ware 404.225.4533

Construction Supervisor contact— Hector Celis 404.225.4621

Paramedicine contact— Helen “Cookie” Burkhalter 404.225.4699

Computer Programmer Median Salary $72,630


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Computer programming contact— David Kirsch 404.225.4544



Auto Mechanic

Median Salary $47,750

Median Salary $71,910

Median Salary $36,180

Plumbing contact— Kenneth Swain 404.225.4656

Supply chain and logistics contact— Kemith Thompson 404.225.4521

Automotive technology contact— Louis Terrell 404.225.4622




Median Salary $46,730

Median Salary $49,320

Median Salary $40,010

Paralegal studies contact— Phoebe Coquerel 404.225.4529

Electrical technology contact— Marvin Passmore 404.225.4464

Carpentry contact— Hector Celis 404.225.4621

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Bates named Atlanta Technical College 2013 Instructor of the Year Barry Bates, chair of the bioscience technology program, has been named the 2013 Instructor of the Year for Atlanta Technical College. As Instructor of the Year, Bates 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).

Judging for the State Rick Perkins Award starts at each college and then continues on to the regional and state level, where the finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges representing business, industry and higher education in Georgia. The selection criteria include teaching experience and innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong commitment to the technical education mission of the TCSG.

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.

Bates, the 2013 Atlanta Technical College Rick Perkins winner, has been committed to helping others achieve personal and professional fulfillment since he graduated from Morehouse College in the late 80s and states that the Albert Einstein motto, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” is his mantra. He is a 2012 National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award Winner and was recently selected to head-up the bioscience technology department at the college.

In addition to Bates, Atlanta Technical College was honored to have, Damon Scott, accounting instructor; Gregory Chambers, Math instructor; David Kirsch, computer information department chair and Maurice Campbell, electrical instructor, serve as finalists in the 2013 Atlanta Technical College Instructor of the Year competition.

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Bioscience Technology The Bioscience Technology Program will prepare 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 medical devices.

“…Because this is an area that has a very high demand for a skilled workforce, a world of opportunity awaits those who matriculate through our program. Upon completion, students will have the option of directly entering the workforce or pursuing advanced degrees. Either way, they will be well-equipped to excel.”

– Barry Bates, Bioscience Program Coordinator

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for the surgical technician program Atlanta Tech introduces new surgical technician program to meet the demand for qualified workers

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

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