2021-2022 College Catalog

Economic Development

Economic Development

The Economic Development Division at Atlanta Technical College aids in the growth and vitality of the metro Atlanta economy. By keeping its finger on the pulse of business and industry needs, the Economic Development team delivers training solutions and workforce development services to employers in the Atlanta area. For information, contact edd@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4481.

The Dennard Conference Center At Atlanta Technical College

Quick Start

Georgia's Quick Start program is nationally recognized as providing world-class training as an incentive to new business and industry as well as promoting the expansion of existing businesses. Quick Start helps industries by creating customized training programs to equip new employees with the right knowledge base, technology skills, and interpersonal effectiveness to achieve the high productivity and quality levels required in today's competitive business environment. For information about Quick Start, contact cct@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4482.

Certified Specialist Programs

Designed by experts in their fields, these certification specialist programs prepare Georgia's workforce in the areas of customer service, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and construction. These programs focus on the changing business technologies and methods that workers must clearly understand and competently use to successfully enter the workforce and allow Georgia's employers to hire with confidence. For information contact cct@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4482.

Professional Assessment and Certification Center

Professional certifications are quickly becoming a requirement for those entering the workforce, especially in the technology field. A certification verifies to an employer that you have the knowledge and skills required to perform a specific job successfully. Certifications are also a way to demonstrate that your qualifications are more attractive than those of other competing job candidates. To meet this demand, Atlanta Technical College provides a professional testing and certification center for students, businesses, and members of the community. The testing is done in a secure, monitored environment on computers that are usually linked with the hosting service via the World Wide Web. Those who wish to take a professional certification test must register and schedule the exam through the sponsoring vendor and/or our center. Official identification is required when reporting for testing. All certification testing is by APPOINTMENT ONLY! The Professional Assessment Center (PAC) is located in Building G, Rooms 1105, 1106, and 1106B. For more information, please contact pac@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4681. The Professional Assessment Center currently provides assessment services through the following vendors:

ACT; Comira; Georgia Pest Control Commission; ISO Quality Testing (ISO-QT); Kryterion; and Pearson Vue.

ACT (American College Testing) – The Professional Assessment Center administers the WorkKeys® assessment, which takes the guesswork out of high-stakes decisions for employers regarding hiring and promotion of employees. WorkKeys® measures both the core skills and the work habits sought after by employers and businesses. To register, schedule an appointment, and pay the fee for taking the WorkKeys® assessment at the Professional Assessment Center, go to http://www.atlantatechworkkeysexam.eventbrite.com. The Professional Assessment Center, in cooperation with the Atlanta Tech Academic and Student Affairs office, also administers ACT’s

Compass® exam, which provides a standardized measure of an individual’s skill levels in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Reading, and Writing. Compass® scores are used in the admissions process at Atlanta Tech and other technical colleges in determining whether an individual student is “program-ready”, meaning that the student is ready to enter immediately into the curriculum of study for the student’s desired program, or whether the student requires remediation in the form of Learning Support classes to prepare for entering the curriculum. Each program of study offered for transferrable credit by Atlanta Tech has an assigned set of cut scores, based on the level of academic difficulty of the specific program, and each applicant’s scores are compared to the cut scores for the desired program to determine whether that individual is eligible for regular admission (not requiring any Learning Support classes); provisional admission (requiring one or more Learning Support classes). Taking the Compass® is a required part of the process of applying for admission to Atlanta Technical College for anyone who does not have previous credit in degree-level Algebra and English with at least a grade of C from another accredited college, or who does not have recent scores at the required level on the Compass®, The ACT®, or the SAT that can be sent officially to the Atlanta Tech Office of Enrollment Services. Only after you have submitted an application for admission to the Atlanta Tech Office of Enrollment Services and paid the $25 application fee, go to www.atccompasstest.eventbrite.com to register for the Compass® and to schedule for a testing appointment.

The Compass® is also administered by the Professional Assessment Center for students wishing to enroll in other colleges, who should visit http://www.atlantatechremoteexams.eventbrite.com to register, schedule, and pay for the test. The Compass® is administered by the Professional Assessment Center as well to individuals who are applying for employment with Georgia law enforcement, corrections, and probation and parole agencies, to be utilized by those agencies in employment screening. To register, schedule a testing appointment, and make the required payment to take the Compass® as a required part of the employment application process for any of those agencies, go to http://www.atlantatechpostexam.eventbrite.com.

Comira – a large number of professional assessments are provided through Comira to serve the needs of the following licensing and credentialing agencies:

  • Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)
  • American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA)
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF)
  • American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE)
  • Board of Chiropractic Examiners (BCE)
  • California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR)
  • California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE)
  • Emerson Network Power
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • eStrategy Solutions, Inc.
  • McCann Associates
  • National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS)
  • National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)
  • National Center, Aerospace &Transportation Technologies (NCATT)
  • National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)
  • National Coalition of Estheticians (NCEA)
  • National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
  • National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA)
  • Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP)
  • Operating Engineers Certification Program (OECP)
  • Prof. Assoc. of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM)
  • Professional Development Solutions (SPARK)
  • Radiology Coding Certification Board (RCCB)
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB)
  • USDOT FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
  • Yardstick: Canadian Network for Respiratory Care
  • Yardstick: Institute for Safety and Health Management
  • Yardstick: International Door Association 41
  • Yardstick: National Association of Forensic Counselors
  • Yardstick: Snow and Ice Management Association

Georgia Pest Control – The Georgia Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Technical Colleges System of Georgia has implemented computerized administration of the Structural Pest Control Examinations. Interested persons may go on-line at www.GeorgiaPestExam.com and schedule to take the exam at Atlanta Technical College in the following areas:

  • Employee Registration Examination
  • Certification Examination
  • Commercial Examination

ISO-QualityTesting Inc. – is a full-service testing company serving the needs of licensing boards and credentialing agencies with a wide range of test development and administration services. Registration and additional information regarding the following is available at www.isoqualitytesting.com.

  • American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
  • Lymphology Association of North America (LANA)
  • American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
  • Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB)
  • American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Chiropractic Neurology Board (ACNB)
  • American College of Theriogenologists
  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Association of Government Accountants (ASA)
  • Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA)
  • National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB)
  • National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)
  • National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM)
  • National Association of Professional Organizers (CPO)
  • National Board of Certification of Orthopedic Technologists
  • National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
  • Board of Certification for Cert. Org. Ombudsman Practitioners
  • National Coalition of Estheticians, Manuf./Distributors & Ass.
  • Board of Nephrology Examiners, Nursing & Technology
  • BSD Certification Group Inc.
  • Building Commissioning Association (BCA)
  • Center for Financial Certifications (CFC)
  • Certified Retirement Financial Advisors (CRFA)
  • College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • College of Financial Planning (CFP)
  • College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (MT)
  • College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium
  • International Special Events Society (ISES)
  • International Nurses Society on Additions (IntNSA)
  • Irrigation Association
  • J.A. Thomas & Associates (JATA)
  • National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals, Inc.
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • National Registry of Environmental Professional (NREP)
  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
  • National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
  • National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology, Inc. (NIC)
  • National Surgical Assistant Association (CSA)
  • Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society
  • Restoration Industry Association (RIA)
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA)
  • Soc. of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals Certifying Organizations
  • US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA)

Kryterion Testing Network – offers assessment and certification products and services for a wide range of organizations including companies, professional associations, and education and training providers. For more information, and to schedule an assessment at the Professional Assessment Center through Kryterion, go to http://kryteriononline.com.

Pearson Vue – is the vendor for the 2014 GED® test, which is administered on a regular basis by the Professional Assessment Center.

For more information, or to register for testing at the Professional Assessment Center, go to https://ged.com, and select Atlanta Technical College. “The 2014 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts.”

Georgia Re-Training Tax Credit

The Georgia Business Expansion Support Act provides a number of tax credits for various job creation, investment, retraining, machinery acquisition and similar activities for expanding businesses. The objective of the retraining tax credit section of the act is to foster the profitability and competitiveness of Georgia's existing industry by encouraging workforce training and development through tax incentives to stay on the cutting of edge of technology and management systems. For information, contact cct@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4482.

Customized Contract Training Programs

Customized training can be designed, developed, and delivered by the Economic Development Division for the specific needs of a company. Some examples of this specialized instruction are lean manufacturing, safety courses that meet or exceed OSHA standards, supervisory training, computer and technical skills, soft skills, industrial technologies skills, as well as health care industry training. The desired training can be developed and taught at the company's location or on our campus. For information contact cct@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4482.

Continuing Education

The role of continuing education is to develop short courses, workshops, and seminars for professional development and personal enrichment. The offerings range from cutting-edge technology to personal development courses, the goal of this department is to meet the needs of the community. Because our size enables us to offer personalized service and flexibility, we can keep our offerings fresh and relevant. If what you are looking for is not currently offered by the College, every effort will be made to develop the course or program to fit your needs. For information, contact us at ce@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4487.

Students who satisfactorily complete most career, professional and Essential Fundamental Occupational Courses receive continuing education units (CEU's) documenting that the instruction has met established standards in planning, design, instruction, and evaluation.

The American Heart Association Training Center

Atlanta Technical College is an official American Heart Association Training Center, and we offer a variety courses. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 4 million injuries and illnesses occur annually in the workplace, and nearly 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital. Unfortunately, emergencies happen in the workplace. When a life is at stake, don’t settle for less. Rely on quality training from the trusted leader in CPR and emergency cardiovascular care – rely on ATC American Heart Association Training Center for your educational needs. Upon completion of the training course, students will receive a 2-year completion card. To meet the needs of companies and working families, the Training Center now offers online training for all curriculums. For information, contact us at aha@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4406.

The Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center

The Dennard Conference Center (DCC) offers best-in-class meeting and event spaces at an affordable price. Whether it’s a corporate training session or special occasion, The DCC is perfectly suited to host a wide range of events. Our state-of-the-art, 30,000 square foot conference site has a flexible array of room configurations catering to the needs of variously sized groups. Up to 450 attendees can be accommodated in our 10 meeting & event rooms and complimentary parking. Telephone, internet, cable and wireless connectivity are available as a standard offering to our clients. Additionally, we offer multimedia, teleconferencing and videoconferencing capabilities.

Our professional planners will help you create the ideal setting for your executive board meeting, seminar, workshop, training session, bar mitzvah, holiday party, reception or wedding. Every facet of your event plan, from check-in to departure, will receive their experienced attention. You will see why so many of our guests return again and again to the Dennard Conference Center. Our service is second to none. For information, contact us at cld@atlantatech.edu or 404-225-4493.