2019-2020 College Catalog

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2019

Full Semester Term 1
Aug. 12 – Dec. 7
First Half Semester Term 2
Aug. 12 – Oct. 5
Second Half Semester Term 3 Oct. 9 – Dec. 7
Registration Begins April 10 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Application Deadline June 15 June 15 June 15
First Fee Payment Deadline July 19 July 19 N/A
Application and Program Change Deadline July 12 July 13 September 13
Placement Test Priority Completion Date July 19 July 19 September 20
Classes Begin August 12 August 12 October 9
Drop/Add August 12 – 14 August 12 – 14 October 9 – 11
Last Day to Drop and Receive a Refund August 14 August 14 October 11
Course Withdrawal Begins August 15 August 15 October 12
Final Fee Payment Deadline August 16 August 16 October 11
No Show Period Ends August 19 August 19 October 16
Holiday September 2 September 2 N/A
Midterm Exams Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 September 3 – 5 Oct. 28 – Nov. 2
Semester Mini-Break October 3 – 5 N/A N/A
Last Day to Withdraw and Receive a Grade of “W” October 18 September 11 November 8
No Classes in Session/Holiday November 25 – 30 N/A November 25 - 30
Final Exams December 2 – 7 Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 December 2 – 7
Last Day of the Semester December 7 October 5 December 7
Grades Posted to Student Accounts December 11 December 11 December 11

Summer Semester 2019

10 Week Semester Term 1
May 18 – July 25
8 Week Semester Term 2
June 1 – July 25
Registration Begins February 24 February 24
Financial Aid Application Deadline March 15 March 15
First Fee Payment Deadline April 3 N/A
Application and Program Change Deadline April 4 April 4
Placement Test Priority Completion Date April 18 April 18
Classes Begin May 18 June 1
Drop/Add May 18 – 20 June 1 – 3
Last Day to Drop and Receive a Refund May 20 June 3
Course Withdrawal Begins May 21 June 4
Final Fee Payment Deadline May 22 June 5
Holiday May 25 N/A
No Show Period Ends May 26 June 8
Midterm Exams June 15 – 18 June 22 – 25
Last Day to Withdraw and Receive a Grade of “W” June 26 July 2
No Classes in Session/Spring Break July 3 – 4 July 3 – 4
Final Exams July 20 – 25 July 20 – 25
Last Day of the Semester July 25 July 25
Grades Posted to Student Accounts July 29 July 29

Important Dates

Fall Semester Graduation Application Due September 27
Spring Semester Graduation Application Due February 21
Summer Semester Graduation Application Due February 21
Commencement 2020 May 9 - 11am

Dates are subject to change. Please see our website at www.atlantatech.edu for changes

About Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Technical College is a postsecondary technical college under the governance of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). As one of twenty-two technical colleges in the state, Atlanta Technical College adheres to the policies and requirements set forth by TCSG. Atlanta Technical College prepares students for the world of work.

The Community

The location of Atlanta Technical College, in the southwestern corner of the city of Atlanta, places the college on an excellent site to provide maximum involvement in the metropolitan area’s exciting and progressive business, industrial, cultural, and educational communities. Atlanta is the corporate headquarters for many well-known companies including AGL, AT&T, Coca-Cola, The Southern Company, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Porsche North America, UPS, and The Home Depot. Host of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, metro Atlanta is home to the Atlanta Braves baseball team, the Atlanta United soccer team, the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream basketball teams, and the Atlanta Falcons football team.


Atlanta Technical College occupies a 46-acre campus on Metropolitan Parkway, and an office suite in Clayton County located on Atlanta South Parkway. Quality technical education requires laboratory facilities comparable to workplaces in business and industry. An annual budget of more than $34.2 million keeps the educational environment current with state-of-the-art technology. Budget expenditures have been generously supplemented with donations of equipment and technical advice from corporations committed to technical education. These business partnerships foster a new level of cooperation to enhance the learning experience.


Atlanta Technical College is built upon big dreams and the undaunted innovators who turned them into reality. From the streets of southwest Atlanta to China and Germany and points in between, Atlanta Tech students, faculty, graduates, and staff have proven that anything is possible if you start strong, stay strong, and finish strong. In 2017, Atlanta Technical College celebrated a half century of transforming lives through workforce development. Now in our 52nd year, we continue to forge relationships with our community and strive to provide students the opportunity for real skills, real knowledge, and real success.

Tracing its origin through several decades, the college has grown from fairly modest beginnings. Atlanta Technical College was established as Smith-Hughes Vocational School at 232 Pryor Street, and first enrolled adults in vocational education in 1945 following World War II. In 1953, the Northside extension campus, Tuxedo Center, was opened at 4191 Northside Drive in northwest Atlanta. The main campus was moved in 1964 to Smith High School at 535 Hill Street and renamed Hoke Smith Technical Institute. At that time, about 24 occupational programs were offered. Federal funding for vocational education in the late 1960s promoted the concept of area vocational technical schools.

In 1967, the school was reorganized as Atlanta Area Technical School and was moved to its current southwest campus, enrolling its first students in the new facilities in January 1968. The Child Care Center and Ferguson Hall Annex were completed the same year. In

1997, the school's name was changed to Atlanta Technical Institute, and the institution became part of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. Dr. Brenda Watts Jones was tapped to become president, making her the first African American woman in Georgia to lead a technical institution. She served the college until 2007, and Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas was named president in 2008. Dr. Victoria Seals became the sixth president of Atlanta Technical College in 2016.

In June 1999, Atlanta Technical Institute completed a $1.3 million renovation of its south entrance facade. The renovation provided covered walks and outdoor seating plazas. With the passage of House Bill 1187, the Georgia Legislature approved the changing of technical institutes' names to "college," providing they offered associate degrees. On July 1, 2000, the name of the College was changed to Atlanta Technical College.

In 2007, the college acquired use of the property at 1520 Metropolitan Parkway, adjacent to main campus, through the Atlanta

Technical College Foundation, Inc., and it is currently under review for repurposing. The $14 million Brenda Watts Jones Allied

Health and Technology Complex opened in the fall of 2010. In August 2012, the college completed a $4.8 million renovation of a new 36,000 square foot library, which houses the general collection and the Robert Holmes Law Library; testing center; and facility department hub. A state-of-the-art bioscience laboratory and technology wing opened in the winter of 2015. In February 2019, Atlanta Technical College acquired a 40,000 square foot facility at 5950 Fulton Industrial Boulevard in Atlanta for the Center for Supply Chain and Logistics. This location will enable ATC to partner with nearby employers for business and industry training, including commercial truck driving (CDL). In February 2019, Atlanta Technical College opened a new instructional site in Clayton County. This facility offers full programs in Supply Chain and Logistics, Cosmetology, Health Information Management Technology, and PC Maintenance & Repair, as well as a wide selection of general education courses. This location will also enable ATC to partner with nearby employers for business and industry training and local high schools for dual enrollment.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and with an average semester enrollment of 4,000 students, Atlanta Tech offers associate degrees, diploma programs, technical certificates of credit, adult education classes/GED preparation, and continuing education short-term courses. In addition to day and evening class schedules, hybrid schedules and online courses are also offered. Additionally, Atlanta Technical College, through its Economic Development Division, develops customized courses for business and industry.

Atlanta Technical College has produced seven state GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winners; four state PRIDE

(Performance Recognition Indicating Demonstrated Excellence) winners; one Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE); and one Rick Perkins Technical Instructor of the Year. In addition to having an excellent track record in producing winners in state competitions, Atlanta Technical College is proud of the students who excel in regional and national competitions representing student associations and organizations. In 2007, Washington Monthly magazine named Atlanta Technical College “America’s Best Community College” and the college was recognized by the Technical College System of Georgia with the Perdue Award for Technical College of the Year in 2012.

Atlanta Technical College provides an exceptional education to a diverse group of students who represent the holistic global community, including, multiple generations, high school and college graduates, persons with special needs, and persons with varied backgrounds, academic requirements, and interests.