Atlanta Technical College Virtual Town Hall and Learning Opportunities
By Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta Technical College (ATC) continues to embrace the current virtual environment to maintain proper social distancing practices and keep everyone safe. While we have to be apart, ATC is doing what it can to keep everyone together by organizing a virtual town hall to address issues facing our communities.
In addition to the virtual town hall, ATC has also worked to expand its online campus store so that new and returning students can receive their books quickly and with minimal contact. The College will also be opening up the Continuing Education department, in coordination with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), to empower students with more online learning opportunities.
The safety of students and their ability to learn uninterrupted is a top priority for the College, and with these new updates and more on the horizon, ATC is determined to help our students Stay Strong and Finish Strong.
Virtual Town Hall Facebook Live Event
On Thursday, May 7, 2020, Dr. Victoria Seals, President of Atlanta Technical College (ATC), was joined virtually by representatives from Academic and Student Affairs and health care experts from the college. Joining Dr. Seals were Ms. Caroline Angelo, Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs; Police Chief, Mr. Charles Spann; and ATC faculty member Mr. Barry Bates, who serves as the Program Chair for Bio-Science Technology and college liaison to the CDC and local health departments. Rounding out the panelists were Mr. Corbet Davis, program coordinator for ATC’s Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science, and Ms. Kristie Boleman, who graduated from the College’s Allied Health program and is employed by Piedmont Hospital as a Clinical Revenue Integrity Specialist.
The forum was hosted by Ms. Dessie Hall, Director of Student Services, and moderated by ATC’s Student Government Association President (SGA), Mr. Bradrick Johnson, who is also a student in the Health Information Management Technology program.
Dr. Seals started the forum by informing the public of the College’s response to the pandemic. During this time, Dr. Seals affirmed that she is “grateful for the resilience that I’ve seen from our community. Our students, our faculty, and our staff have responded to this pandemic with positive resolve despite the challenges that we have faced. One example is that our Allied Health division provided necessary supplies and personal equipment to GEMA to provide to our frontline workers.” Dr. Seals further stated that the faculty shifted to remote learning during the first week and implemented focused limited labs. Many of the College’s alumni are already working on the front lines, with current students readying to become first responders and caregivers to those suffering from the virus.
Mr. Bates followed Dr. Seals by sharing a PowerPoint presentation with common misconceptions surrounding the Coronavirus as well as safety precautions and advice on how to navigate through the pandemic. The panelists then answered questions from the public, which mostly addressed access to classes, procedures for returning to campus, financial aid, and the CARES Act, and ordering books for the summer semester.
If you missed it live, join Dr. Victoria Seals and the team for a recorded version of that very informative session right here!
Online Campus Store
The Atlanta Technical College Campus Store is online and taking Summer books and supply orders from students to keep them safe during this pandemic. Working in conjunction with Follett, ATC is also offering free shipping so students can quickly receive items in time for the first day of classes on either May 18 or June 1. This offer also applies to students who qualify for financial aid, with special instructions to help them get their supplies as well.
More information can be found here.
Continuing Education is Offering Free Courses
Through TCSG, all the technical colleges, including Atlanta Technical College, are providing access to free self-paced online basic soft skills courses. Atlanta Technical College’s Office of Economic Development is providing access to ten free self-paced online courses that encompass a variety of topics useful in any work environment.
We are providing these free courses to support our communities, business and industry, and individuals in this time of need. These online courses can be useful both professionally and personally. The ten courses are Ten Soft Skills You Need, Attention Management, Business Etiquette, Customer Service, Emotional Intelligence, Goal Setting and Getting Things Done, Job Search Skills, Telework and Telecommuting, Time Management, and Workplace Diversity.
The courses can be accessed here. Individuals can get started with the free classes by clicking the registration link. Once individuals have completed the short registration process, they will have access to begin the courses.